Bevis is part of a professional wrestling family. Both her father and mother, known as Ricky Knight and Sweet Saraya respectively, are professional wrestlers, as are her older brothers Zak Knight(formerly Zak Zodiac)and Roy Knight (formerly The Zebra Kid) known together as The Hooligans.
Professional wrestling career
Bevis was trained at the WAW Academy by her family and Jason Cross, and has also trained with Johnny Saint, Danny Boy Collins, Steve Grey, and Brian Maxine. She made her debut in 2005, and has wrestled throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Pro-Wrestling: EVE (2010–2011)
Bevis, using the ring name Britani Knight, made her debut for the European all-female promotion on May 8, 2010, along with her mother Saraya Knight. She did not start well for the promotion; although she appeared in the main event at the first taping, she lost to Greek wrestler Blue Nikita. She also lost to Jetta in what was purportedly her opponent’s last tour of wrestling. On October 16, 2010 she had her first win against Shanna. On April 8, 2011 she participated in a two-night tournament to crown the first ever Pro-Wrestling: EVE Champion. In the first night, she won a “Last Chance Battle Royal”, then defeated Jenny Sjödin in the quarter final match. The next day, she defeated Jetta in the semi-final match, and later in the finals defeated Nikki Storm to win the Pro Wrestling EVE Championship. On June 4, 2011 at the XWA War On The Shore 7 show, she lost the Pro Wrestling EVE Championship to Jenny Sjödin. After signing with WWE, internet sources mistakenly published Knight was a “product of Pro Wrestling EVE”. Having only appeared for EVE on 4 occasions Knight was quick to correct this reminding her fans that she was trained at the WAW Academy, and is a a product of WAWW – The World Assosiation of Womens Wrestling.
Shimmer Women Athletes (2011)
Bevis (again billed as Britani Knight) made her United States wrestling debut for the all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes on 26 March 2011, at the tapings of Volume 37, alongside her mother and tag team partner Saraya Knight. She and her mother (billed as the Knight Dynasty) were managed by the returning Rebecca Knox and made an open challenge, which was answered by Nikki Roxx and Ariel. The Knight Dynasty won the match via disqualification after Saraya tried to hit Ariel with brass knuckles and Ariel grabbed them and got caught hitting Saraya with them. Later that same day, at the tapings of Volume 38, the Knight Dynasty unsuccessfully challenged the Seven Star Sisters (Hiroyo Matsumoto and Misaki Ohata) for the Shimmer Tag Team Championship. Prior to reporting to Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), Bevis took part in her final Shimmer tapings on 1 and 2 October 2011. After several losses, which included the Knight Dynasty again failing to win the Shimmer Tag Team Championship, Saraya slapped Bevis. This resulted in Bevis brawling with her mother, before challenging her to a match. On Volume 44, Bevis wrestled her final Shimmer match, defeating Saraya in a No Disqualification match.
World Wrestling Entertainment / WWE
Developmental territories (2012–present)
Bevis received try-outs with WWE in November 2010 and April 2011. In September 2011, it was reported that Bevis had signed a contract with WWE and would report to their developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW).
Bevis made her debut for FCW at a house show on 5 January 2012, using the ring name Saraya. Bevis’ ring name was then changed to Paige as she made her television debut in a backstage appearance on the 26 February episode of FCW TV. From March 2012, Paige formed an alliance with Sofia Cortez, dubbing themselves as the Anti-Diva Army. On the 19 March episode of FCW TV, Paige made her televised in-ring debut in a tag team match alongside Cortez, which the duo lost to Audrey Marie and Kaitlyn. Paige and Cortez then formed a brief association with Rick Victor. On the 6 May episode of FCW TV, Paige pinned Raquel Diaz, the FCW Divas Champion in a non-title triple threat match, which also involved Audrey Marie. This earned Paige a title shot against Diaz on the 27 May episode of FCW TV, where Diaz’s chicanery led to Paige being disqualified and Diaz retained her title. Dissension was teased within the Anti-Diva Army as Paige moved on to feud with Audrey Marie; Paige lost to Marie on the 10 June episode of FCW TV after Cortez interfered against her, signalling the end of the alliance. On the 1 July episode of FCW TV, Paige was disqualified during a match with Marie. On the final episode of FCW TV on 15 July, Paige and Marie ended their feud with Marie victorious in a no disqualification match.
WWE went on to rebrand its developmental territory FCW, into NXT Wrestling. Paige’s NXT television debut took place on the third episode of the rebooted WWE NXT taped at Full Sail University, where she lost to Sofia Cortez. From September 2012, after gaining a large surge in crowd support, Paige would go on a singles winning streak defeating the likes of Audrey Marie, Sasha Banks, Emma, Aksana, and multiple wins over former WWE Divas Champion Alicia Fox.
On the 30 January episode of NXT, Paige was attacked by ring announcer Summer Rae due to Rae’s jealousy of Paige’s popularity and success. On the 13 February episode of NXT, Paige suffered a shoulder injury after brawling with Rae, which Rae exploited later that episode to end Paige’s undefeated streak. After Paige continued to confront Rae, Paige finally faced off against Rae in a singles match on the 1 May episode of NXT, where Paige emerged victorious despite Rae’s pre-match attack. On the 5 June episode of NXT, Paige defeated Tamina Snuka in the first round of the NXT Women’s Championship tournament to crown the inaugural champion, and Alicia Fox in the semi-finals on the 3 July episode of NXT. On the 20 June taping of NXT (which aired on 24 July), Paige defeated Emma to be crowned the first-ever NXT Women’s Champion.
Paige made her first successful title defense on the 14 August episode of NXT, defeating Summer Rae. In the following months, Paige teamed up with Emma to feud with Summer Rae and Sasha Banks. On the 4 December episode of NXT, Paige successfully defended her title against Natalya. On 27 February 2014 at NXT Arrival, Paige successfully defended her title against Emma.
Divas Champion (2014–present)
Paige made her debut on the main roster on the April 7 episode of Raw, when she congratulated WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee on successfully defending her title at WrestleMania XXX. AJ instead challenged Paige to an impromptu match with AJ’s championship on the line, which resulted in Paige quickly defeating AJ with the Paige Turner to capture her first Divas Title in WWE.