WWE legend Paige on her Hollywood dream of emulating The Rock and John Cena

In little over two weeks time, Paige could be watching ‘herself’ winning an Oscar.

Except it won’t be the WWE trailblazer delivering an acceptance speech to the world. Rather the woman who portrayed her incredible rise to fame: Florence Pugh.

And should the British actress walk away with the best supporting actress award, as expected for her outstanding role in the recent adaptation of Little Women, then Paige has no doubt that she too one day can follow Pugh’s lead.

In fact, the Norwich grappler has set her sights on becoming the female equivalent to box office king Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and achieve megastardom on the silver screen.

“I want to go into acting. I love it,” she says, during an exclusive chat with the Mirror in London, ahead of Sunday's Royal Rumble (live on BT Sport Box Office).

“It’s something that fulfils me. The thought of things that wrestling has kind of stopped for me and there hasn’t been anything fill that void. So acting would be that main route because it truly does that. 

“And there hasn’t really been a woman who’s done what they [Dwayne Johnson and John Cena] have done [from wrestling to movies]. So, I want to be one of the first to try and accomplish that.  

“Hey, DJ… help a sister out!”

‘The Rock’ was, of course, instrumental in producing Paige’s acclaimed biopic ‘Fighting with My Family’, which hit screens last year and is now available to watch on Netflix.

The Jumanji star was working in England on the Fast & Furious film franchise when he saw Channel 4’s candid and colourful documentary on Paige’s legendary British wrestling family.

It showed her first steps of defying the odds and realising her wildest dreams of becoming a WWE superstar.

But that soon became a nightmare as her livelihood was cruelly taken away. 

In April 2018, a devastated Paige was forced to retire following the backlash of a brutal kick she received the head during a match.

There were serious fears that should Britain’s only ever WWE women’s world champion wrestle again she would be left paralysed before she reached 30.

Two neck surgeries later, rumours are rife that the 27-year-old will make a sensational return at WWE’s Royal Rumble pay-per-view on Sunday (live on BT Sport Box Office ).

Paige – real name Saraya-Jade Bevis – playfully teases that idea to her legion of followers on Twitter.

Yet the reality is she wants to look ahead to the next chapter in what has already been a fascinating lifetime.

Indeed, the soaring success of ‘Fighting with my Family’ has enormously helped Paige rebuild her life after a tremendously torrid time outside of the ring.

Her career-ending neck injuries were compounded by a vicious spate of online bullying after private videos were leaked of her, followed by a break-up of a relationship.

She insists she has “fully recovered” now with an amazing support structure around her – and she has found happiness with her new, American rocker boyfriend, Ronnie Radke, who now she lives with in California – along with her beloved pitbull dog ’Lobster’.

The Hollywood connection extends further with Pugh as their friendship continues to blossom. And Paige is fully rooting for her compatriot to win a prestigious Academy award on February 10. 

“It’s so wild,” she says, with her eyes lighting up despite barely “sleeping wink” during her whistle-stop WWE visit to her “bat-shit crazy” British home.

“Florence went out there and absolutely killed it [playing Paige in a movie] – and now she’s got an Oscar nomination. What the hell? 

“I’m super proud of her. She’s super talented. She always catches up with me. In fact, I text her the other day. 

“Actually, she was about to go on Graham Norton and she sent me this picture of a wrestling move.

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