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Paige thanks fans for supporting her mom after abuse allegations

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Last week, Saraya Knight (real name Julia Hamer-Bevis) was named by several people in #SpeakingOut stories describing abusive behavior they endured while being trained by or working with the Knight family in the United Kingdom. Knight posted a defiant statement on her Facebook in response. It included saying she was “done” with wrestling.

WWE’s Paige is the daughter of Saraya and Ricky Knight, so fans were looking to see if the former SmackDown General Manager would comment on the situation - especially given her public support of the movement, and her own history as a target of bullying.

And she did, but not by addressing any of the allegations or her mother’s response. In an Instagram Story, Paige said:

“What’s up, you guys? I’ve not had my social media for the past couple of weeks. Obviously, I told everyone on Twitch it’s a - it’s very negative as of right now. But I did wanna just say a big thank you for everyone that’s just supported my mom and my family. They have just had this outpour of positivity. And I just can’t believe how much my family and my mom is loved. And I just want to say a big thank you for all the support that you guys have given to my mom especially, you just don’t realize how many hearts that my mom has truly touched, in the wrestling world and in just the real world, you know?

“And I just think that out of all this in general: it’s bittersweet. Because my mom has had a shit-ton of flowers sent outside of her house, it literally looks like a florist outside her house. She’s also had a bunch of people from all her training seminars, and just friends in general, and people that she’s really inspired and helped and encouraged just make a bunch of videos for her and put them on the internet.

“And people are taking over my Twitch saying ‘I Stand With Saraya Knight.’ And I just think we’re just overwhelmed with how amazing you guys have been, and there is some positivity going around right now. And I think that’s wonderful. So again, on behalf of my mom and my family, we want to thank you so incredibly much. And I’m gonna post a couple of things to show you what people are doing for her. But thank you guys so much again, we’re smiling from ear to ear. Because my family just feels so loved.”

Paige is obviously in a very difficult position, and whatever she said here - or says in the future - will be scrutinized. If there’s a bright side to her experiences over the past few years, it’s hopefully to not worry too much about others’ interpretations of her words.

H/T: 411mania for transcription

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