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WWE Women’s wrestler Paige says she plans to return to WWE after her Wellness Policy suspension and after she heals from an injury.
Paige addressed speculation about her WWE status on Wednesday, saying that “rumors that I’m leaving the WWE are completely false!”
Paige’s 30-day Wellness suspension is complete on September 18.
As for her Wellness Policy violation, which was announced the same day as Alberto Del Rio, Paige says that she was suspended due to a “procedural issue” with Aegis, the company that collects and examines drug-testing specimens.
Paige wrote: “I took the test, I passed it. I arranged said test to happen after I wasn’t at my home when Aegis contacted me. So I drove 200 miles to do it. Unfortunately I didn’t do it in time, according to Aegis.”
According to WWE’s Wellness Policy, Aegis’s role as program administrator is being “responsible for scheduling WWE Talent for testing, administering collection of samples/specimens, coordinating secure shipment of samples/specimens to the testing facility, and determining whether any WWE Talent has tested positive for the existence of a prohibited drug and, if so, notifying the WWE.”
“Upon being notified by the PA that a WWE Talent has tested positive for a drug prohibited by this Policy, the WWE Talent shall have seventy two (72) hours to request a second opinion test be conducted.
“The second opinion test shall be conducted at Aegis using bottle “B” from the original collection. WWE Talent may be present during the second opinion test if WWE Talent so chooses, but, at his/her own expense, the WWE Talent may also be represented at the second opinion test by a qualified toxicologist not affiliated with Aegis or a commercial laboratory and such toxicologist may observe the second opinion test being performed by Aegis.
“The second opinion test will also be performed at Aegis and the second opinion test will be performed in accordance with the same procedures used by Aegis in the original test.
“If the second opinion test fails to confirm the original test, then the test will be recorded as negative, there will be no penalty under the Policy and WWE will reimburse the WWE Talent the reasonable cost related to the retention and use of such toxicologist for the second opinion test.”
— PAIGE (@RealPaigeWWE) September 14, 2016