WWE star Paige reveals how The Rock's WrestleMania whammy left her a 'blubbering mess' after informing her he was making a Hollywood movie on her life

The Norwich-born 26-year-old has the business in her blood with parents Julia Hamer-Bevis and Ian Bevis, plus older brothers, Roy Bevis and Zak Frary, all professional wrestlers.

Paige and her family, who run UK promotions World Association of Wrestling and Bellatrix Female Warriors, were the stars of Channel Four documentary “The Wrestlers: Fighting With My Family” on Channel 4 in 2012.

That programme featured the British star, real name Saraya-Jade Bevis, before she joined WWE in 2011 and won much admiration from the wrestling community.

Fortunately WWE legend and Hollywood megastar Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson watched it too – and he loved it so much he decided to make a movie on it.

The comedy blockbuster Fighting With My Family, directed by Stephen Merchant and produced by the People’s Champ, is set to hit cinemas earlier next year.

Now Paige has lifted the lid on how The Great One dropped the bombshell she and her family were set to become stars of the silvercreen way back in 2014 – and she was hit for six after The Rock delivered two doses of life-changing news.

Speaking to SunSport, the SmackDown Live general manager revealed: “I got told about the movie the day of WrestleMania before my debut on Raw. At Mania I got a text on my phone saying ‘Hey it’s DJ, I need to speak to you real quick. I’m like, ‘DJ, who is that?’

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“I didn’t realise people called him that. I was sat next to Dean Malenko and asked who DJ was and he was like ‘It’s Dwayne Johnson you dummy!’ And I was like ‘Oh my god.’

“Someone then came and got me and told me Dwayne wanted to talk to me and told me it’s very important. And I’m thinking ‘Oh no, what did I do?’

“I was just an NXT girl at WrestleMania taking everything in and then all of a sudden I’ve got Dwayne Johnson asking if he can talk to me.”

If meeting arguably the biggest name in wrestling history was not enough, nothing could of prepared the then 21-year-old for what was to come.

Paige, who was forced to retire from in-ring competition earlier this year, said: “He pulled me in a room and told me I was debuting the next day and I was just like ‘What!’ And then he told me I was going to win the championship and I was just like ‘Oh my god, oh my god!’

“I started crying and asked him why he was telling me this and he replied ‘It’s just cause we’re in this meeting I wanted to tell you but I also wanted to tell you something else. I wanted to see your face because I know you deserve this.

“He then said ‘I’ve been in England filming Fast & Furious and I stumbled across your family documentary on TV. I saw it and thought that family is just like mine.

“’You guys are very loyal and close and love the wrestling business. You are so passionate and it just touched my heart and I got goosebumps watching it. Then I realised the girl was in WWE, she was debuting tomorrow and she will be wearing the Diva’s Championship’.

“He wanted to be the one to tell me and make it special – it was so overwhelming and I was blubbering everywhere thanking him for watching the documentary.

“And then he said he had something else to tell me. He said ‘I loved the documentary so much I want to make it into a movie’. And I was just like “what?’

“That took me over the edge and I was crying my eyes out and thinking ‘what the f*** is going on around here’.

“He was so great, asking me not to tell anyone and to stay humble and hungry – he gave me wonderful advice. I was an emotional mess.”

Over £18million has been spent on the production of the film which shows the how the Bevis family try to work through the issues that arise when sister and brother duo, Paige and Zak, audition for roles in WWE.

English actress Florence Pugh plays Paige in the movie. And although they have never met, the SmackDown chief believes the 22-year-old and Merchant have captured everything emotion on her rollercoaster ride to the top.

Paige added: “I’ve still not got to meet her but she has my number and has been texting me. When they were doing the movie was when I hurt myself and underwent surgery. But when Stephen took over he was texting me every single day and he would come to the performance centre and WrestleMania and everything just to see what I did – he wanted to know every emotion I was feeling.

“Then when I watched it, everything I had told him he managed to bring to life. He even recreated my living room from my council house in England. Hollywood is insane.”

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