01st Jul2019

‘Paige: Iconic Matches’ DVD Review

by Chris Cummings

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I’ve followed the career of Paige for a long time. I remember seeing her wrestler before she got to WWE and she worked shows with her family in their World Association of Wrestling promotion in the UK. When she got to WWE and began working with the NXT brand, you could just tell that Paige was going to be a star for the company. She had the look, a look that was unique from what we normally saw in pro-wrestling, she stood out, she could wrestle and she could do it very well, and the fans quickly embraced The Raven Haired Lady, Paige.

This release is one of the “Iconic Matches” releases that WWE put out, and I personally think they’re a lot of fun, a “greatest hits” compilation of some of the best WWE matches from a chosen performer, and I was glad to see Paige get one of these. This has some really excellent matches on it, from Paige’s days in NXT facing off with Emma, to her early days on WWE television, taking on women like AJ Lee and The Bella Twins, and on to the latter part of her career, a career that was sadly cut way-too-short due to a serious injury, against the talented Sasha Banks.

It’s a short set, showing only a little handful of matches, and little else, but it works for what it is. This is a little highlight reel of a wrestler that is deserving of one, and would work well as an introduction or reminder to a WWE superstar that perhaps someone hasn’t seen before, or wants to check back in with.

Match Highlights:

NXT – July 24,2013
NXT Women’s Championship Tournament Finals
Paige vs. Emma

Raw – April 7, 2014
WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige vs. AJ Lee

SummerSlam – August 17, 2014
WWE Divas Championship Match
Paige vs. AJ Lee

WrestleMania 31 – March 29, 2015
Paige & AJ Lee vs. The Bella Twins

Raw – December 4, 2017
Paige vs. Sasha Banks

I personally prefer the bigger releases, the titles that feature nice long documentaries and a wide range of matches from the careers of the chosen person, but these releases aren’t meant to be that, and so I enjoy them for what they are. It was fun to go back and watch some of the highlights of Paige’s career, and it just made me want to go back and watch more of her work on the WWE Network. I do also think that WWE should, if the plans aren’t already in motion, do a documentary set on the life, career and retirement of one of the most influential women’s wrestlers of modern-day WWE.

They’ve made a movie about her life, she’s been champion across NXT and WWE, she’s overcome adversity and difficulty, she’s had her career come to a close yet still shown strength in her work as an on-screen character on WWE programming. Paige definitely deserves a big ole in-depth release, but this one is a nice place-holder and an enjoyable glance back at the black haired lass who screamed “this is my house” and wrestled her way into the history books.

Paige: Iconic Matches is out now on DVD from Fremantle Home Entertainment.

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