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Zelina Vega released from WWE under controversial circumstances

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WWE released Zelina Vega, and while release of personnel is not an uncommon event, the circumstances surrounding it has made the release the top news of the industry.

Zelina Vega

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Shortly before her release from WWE, Vega had tweeted in favour of unionization in Wrestling for protection of rights of the pro-wrestlers and other personnel associated with the industry.

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Within minutes of the tweet, the news of his WWE release came into light when WWE stated the same and wished her well in her future endeavours. The statement from the company went: “WWE has come to terms on the release of Zelina Vega. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

As the news of the release was made public, Vega announced her return to Twitch.

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Vega, whose real name is Thea Trinidad (now Budgen), has been active in Twitch, where she shared an account with husband Thomas Budgen, who wrestles in WWE as Aleister Black. The company’s controversial rule to stop the wrestlers from earning through third-party streaming applications is being seen as a reason behind the release. Vega, in addition to Twitch, also had an account at Onlyfans.

Vega then went on to write a thankful message on Twitter, stating gratitude for the fans who made her career possible and successful.

“I want to say thank you all very much for the last 3-4 years @WWEUniverse, it was incredible. I would have never have been able to say “this is for you dad” if certain people did not believe in me. I love you all and I couldn’t have done it without your support,” she tweeted.



A cousin of cult favourite wrestler Amazing Red, Trinidad was 17 years old when she began training under Javi-Air, Azrieal, and TJ Perkins. After being discovered by Tommy Dreamer, Trinidad wrestled in a tryout dark match at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling’s (TNA) Impact television tapings before being signed by the promotion. In her TNA career, she won the TNA Knockouts Tag Team Championships once.

In WWE, she was mostly used in a managerial role, especially associated with Andrade, who won the NXT Championship under her managership. She also wrestled sporadically, most recently facing Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship at Clash Of Champions.

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