Saraya-Jade Bevis has made the most of her time on Planet Earth, with a life story worthy of the big screen screen treatment.
And while wrestling fans are familiar with Bevis and her time in WWE as the wrestler Paige, mainstream moviegoers will soon be introduced to her via the new biopic “Fighting With My Family.” The film, which is based on a true story and arrives in theaters on February 14, takes its name from a 2012 documentary (“The Wrestlers: Fighting with My Family”) that highlights Paige’s pro wrestling career and family, whose love of the sport resulted in the creation of their British wrestling promotion, the World Association of Wrestling.
Years later, the “Fighting With My Family” documentary caught the eye of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who brought the idea of a movie based on the documentary to MGM after shopping the feature around to resistant studios that ultimately passed. Johnson, who has a small role in the “Fighting With My Family” movie, also serves as producer on the Stephen Merchant-directed comedy. Despite the struggle to find a studio, Paige couldn’t be happier that her story is coming out on such a grand scale
“I feel like this is very bizarre. It’s very surreal and I feel very fortunate,” Paige told EURweb.”I’m 26-years-old and to have a biopic about my life and about my family, too, it’s definitely incredible and its a great time to be alive [Laughs], beautiful.”
In addition to Johnson, “Fighting With My Family” stars Florence Pugh, who plays Paige; Nick Frost who plays her Paige’s father, Patrick “Rowdy Ricky Knight” Bevis; Lena Headey, who plays Paige’s mother, Julia “Sweet Saraya” Bevis;and Jack Lowden, who play’s Paige’s brother, Zak “Zodiac” Bevis,
Family is a prominent theme in “Fighting With My Family” as Paige’s relationship with Zak is highlighted as well as her struggle to come in to her own.
Although she comes from a family of wrestlers and harbors a love for WWE, Paige’s initial career choice did not include time grappling for a championship belt. In fact, wrestling was more a fearful option than pursuing her dream of being a zoologist.
“So I always loved wrestling. I always loved it. I was obviously brought up in it. And I used to always mess around during training days, fight with my brother and stuff. But I didn’t want to be in the wrestling business because I was scared of it,” she confessed. “I was so young. That was the scary part of it. Like, stuff does come with wrestling. The travel, the injuries. But it was beautiful. It was a beautiful company to be a part of, but I was always scared of it.
“And so I love animals so much that I wanted to be a zoologist. I wanted to be a veterinarian. I wanted to do the same thing, but as soon as you get in that ring, that’s it.” Paige continued. “You have an adrenaline rush like no other and you see people smiling and just happy that you’re entertaining them. And it just makes you feel good. And it’s something that you just can’t, it’s a feeling that you can’t really describe unless you try it. It’s really wonderful, though, it makes everything worthwhile…you can’t feel anything in there. You’re just like a superhuman. it’s somewhere you can be like another version of yourself. It’s just like, ‘This is my normal life and this is my superhero life.'”
During her time in WWE, Paige emerged as a force with being the youngest Divas Champion in history the night she won her first championship during her onscreen debut on “WWE Raw” in 2014. In addition to being a two-time Divas Champion, Paige is noted for being WWE’s inaugural NXT Women’s Champion, which she held at the same time she had her first Divas Championship as well as the goth look she sported with her dark hair and piercings. In 2018, Paige retired from WWE following a neck injury she sustained in a six-woman tag team match. While a return to the ring is a possibility, Paige tweeted to a fan that she would stay retired for fear that another neck injury could result in paralysis.
Paige’s success is a testament to her real self, a contrast to how the entertainer felt she could gain fame in WWE and step out of her family’s shadow. Fortunately, some useful advice from Johnson changed her mind and the direction of her career, giving way to her becoming the Paige fans love.
“When I first started getting into it [wrestling], i was kind of in my family’s shadow, when it came to a lot of stuff. When i got to WWE, I didn’t know who i was supposed to be. Was i supposed to be like the rest of these girls? Was i supposed to be tan with light hair and take my piercings out. I tried all that kind of stuff, but Dwayne had the best advice. He was like, ‘Don’t worry about being the next me. Be the first you,” Paige shared. “And I never fully understood that until you’re there for a while. I was obviously there for a couple of years before I made my debut on the main roster And all i had to be was an exaggerated version of myself. I didn’t have to, like you know, mold into something, like a cookie cutter of something else, you know.. I could just be the first me. And that’s the thing that definitely helped me on my journey.”
”Fighting With My Family” opens in Los Angeles and New York on February 14, 2019 and everywhere on February 22, 2019.