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WWE Star Paige Has Altercation With Fan During 'UFC 232' Event

Former SmackDown General Manager Paige was recently involved in a Twitter exchange over a situation that happened at the UFC 232 event in Inglewood, California.
Paige and her boyfriend were in attendance at the event when evidently, someone witnessed a fan asking for an autograph That person was apparently told no, which led to the witness taking her case to social media.
Though the original Tweet has since been deleted, screenshots of it still exist online.
Photo: Twitter
That Tweet started a chain reaction and the user in question was forced to answer for herself to one fan after another. She did relent and admit that Paige was not the one to refuse the autograph. She also said that Paige was not rude, it was actually her boyfriend that came off in that fashion.

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But as the Twitter conversation progressed, Paige suddenly became the villain by proxy. Supposedly since her boyfriend was rude, Paige was guilty by association.
Paige was fully aware of what was being said and did respond.

Jeez lady. Let it go. It’s wild how you’re the ONLY person out of the hundreds of people who came up to me that night who has a complaint. Solidified that I had a great reason to say no to you. It’s “fans” like you that makes people not wanna give your entitled ass a pic. https://t.co/TQ3sCZUf1E
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 3, 2019

The assertion that Paige should “always be on duty” is surely a bit frustrating for many fans. But some would say it’s indicative of today’s social media culture, which centers on complete openness and interpersonal connections among users. Evidently, Paige is required to acknowledge the fans despite what she’s doing or why.
Paige took serious issue with that notion.

always on duty huh? So what happens when i have to use the restroom? What happens if I’m having a bad day personally? What happens if I’m in the middle of eating? Etc. I have to stop what I’m doing make sure rude people like yourself get a pic? I’ll take pics w/ anyone. Not YOU. https://t.co/TQ3sCZUf1E
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) January 3, 2019

Though Paige is no longer in the General Manager role, she is expected to still be used in some capacity on TV. The McMahon Family recently took full control of both Monday Night Raw and Smackdown Live, which essentially rendered Paige’s storyline job unnecessary.
Photo: WWE
Paige is still in the fold, though it’s unclear how WWE will use here from here. Fighting With My Family, the biopic about Paige’s life and journey to WWE, is scheduled for U.S. release on February 14.


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Major Update On Replacement For John Cena If He Refuses To Attend WWE 'Crown Jewel'

WWE’s Crown Jewel event has been mired in controversy for several weeks. It began with fan complaints because once again, Vince McMahon’s company chose to do business with a country that would not allow its female Superstars to perform.
But those complaints became something much more following the death of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Fans believed that WWE should move the event to another venue or perhaps even reschedule for another time. WWE is moving forward however, though John Cena may not be along for the ride.
Photo: WWE
But according to WrestleVotes, WWE may have a replacement ready to go if John does not make the trip to Saudi Arabia.

I know injury concerns have been making the rounds, but I’m hearing Bobby Lashley is John Cena’s replacement in the World Cup at #WWECrownJewel
— WrestleVotes (@WrestleVotes) October 27, 2018

Barstool Sports recently broke the news that both Cena and Daniel Bryan were refusing to work the Crown Jewel event. While many fans were perhaps surprised at this news because of both men’s standing in the company, many more likely agreed with their stance.

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Cena is booked to work the in the Eight-Man World Cup Tournament, which also features Seth Rollins, Dolph Ziggler, Rey Mysterio, Kurt Angle, Randy Orton, Jeff Hardy and The Miz. The World Cup is a new addition to WWE and the qualifying matches for the tournament recently took place on Monday Night Raw and SmackDown Live.
Photo: WWE
Bobby Lashley is currently not booked for Crown Jewel, which means WWE does not have to move him around in order to put him in Cena’s spot. It’s unknown if he will replace Cena on the card or if John will indeed be part of the event.
Crown Jewel has been a major focus for WWE, which led many fans to believe that Evolution has been overlooked as a result. Evolution is the first ever all-women’s pay-per-view and takes place just five days before November 2nd’s Crown Jewel event.


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WWE Downplaying Saudi Arabia's Involvement In 'Crown Jewel'

WWE Crown Jewel is set to take place on November 2. But as pro wrestling fans are now surely aware, the event has been mired in controversy. That’s due in large part to Crown Jewel‘s location.
Saudi Arabia is the host nation for Crown Jewel but the government is now under a cloud of suspicion thanks to a journalist’s disappearance and possible assassination. The journalist in question is Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi worked for the Washington Post and has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi government. Now that he’s disappeared, many believe the Saudi government is behind it.
Photo: WWE
Now it appears that the company has decided to downplay Saudi Arabia’s involvement. WWE.com has pulled all references to Saudi Arabia from its Crown Jewel page. While this does not mean the event is changing locations, the move does seem to be an effort to quieten any negative publicity.

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The story is ongoing of course and WWE has indeed been monitoring the situation. But according to PWInsider, Crown Jewel will not change locations. This may or may not come as a surprise to fans that have been following the story but sources in WWE evidently claim Saudi Arabia will still host Crown Jewel.
Crown Jewel will feature the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels as he teams with D-Generation X co-founder Triple H against The Undertaker and Kane. Roman Reigns will defend the WWE Universal Championship against Braun Strowman and Brock Lesnar. The WWE Championship will also be on the line when AJ Styles defends the title against Daniel Bryan.
Photo: WWE
WWE will also introduce the first ever World Cup at Crown Jewel. The World Cup Tournament will be decided at the event and the qualifying matches are currently taking place on SmackDown Live.
WWE has yet to make any further announcements concerning Crown Jewel‘s status. The Floor Seat will continue to follow the story as it develops.


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