Paige axed as SmackDown Live GM as WWE make huge shake-up over ratings fall

WWE chief Shane McMahon, without any real explanation, thanked the 26-year-old for her "enormous contributions" on the show last night.

The out-the-blue axing came as a shock to audience members.

Many see the sacking as the continuance of the restructuring of the show – where ratings have dropped significantly.

McMahon, adressing the SmackDown live roster, said it was time to take responsibility for the show.

He said: "Don't just reach for the brass ring… grab it and rip it down", before turning to the former wrestler and delivering the news.

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The decision will come as a dissapointment to viewers of the show.

Paige's role as General Manager has been a success – she added depth to the story line and did not take the limelight away from the wrestlers.

This is why it is even more confusing she has been dismissed from her role.

McMahon promised viewers it was time to give them "less of you don't want, and more of what you do".

There is no doubting that Smackdown have many problems to address – but Paige wasn't one of them.

Meanwhile, American wrestler Zelina Vega has taken a swipe at Paige following her sacking.

She wrote on Twitter: "Aww.. @RealPaigeWWE soooo sorry to hear you aren’t @WWE #SDLive general manager anymore..

"I mean, you couldn’t even make it playing yourself in your own movie so, I didn’t exactly have high hopes for you.

"It’s okay though! I make the movie #FightingWithMyFamily great ;)".

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