WWE releases Zelina Vega, who says she supports unionization

By Jason Powell, ProWrestling.net Editor (@prowrestlingnet)

WWE announced the release of Zelina Vega (Thea Budgen) on Friday. Read the official announcement at WWE.com.

Powell’s POV: I’m sorry to see Vega go. She’s proven to be a versatile performer in that she was a terrific manager for Andrade (particularly in NXT) and has also done a nice job in the ring. Vega is also the wife of Smackdown wrestler Aleister Black. Vega issued an interesting tweet, presumably after being informed of her release (see below).


Readers Comments (15)

  1. Sucks to see her go but not surprising. Any job I’ve ever worked at if you talk about unions you quickly get removed from your employment.

    • Thea was not fired for the “union” tweet. she was fired for violaTING WWE RULES regarding third party platforms. thea was just being a smart aleck by releasing that union tweet before wwe’s tweet releasing her from wwe.

  2. Is this over the whole Twitch thing? Black won’t win another match in the WWE and will be reduced to Vince McMahon comedy. Can’t wait to see what dumb gimmick they are coming up with. Be prepared to put him in the miss column constantly for bad comedy skits, Jason.

    • Thea was fired for violating wwe rules regarding third party platforms. wwe released her so now she can be on twitch or only fans 24/7 and make her money etc.

      wwe sees these wrestlers as replaceable car parts. in fact. chelseas green got thea’s roster spot last night on smackdown.

    • Aleister Black is already a dumb gimmick.

  3. I hope she goes to AEW eventually.She needs to be on our screens..

    • THEA CAN GO TO AEW OR IMPACT WRESTLING OR TO THE INDYS ETC. THE ONLY THING THEA WILL BE LIVING BEHIND IN WWE IS THE “ZELINA VEGA ” RING NAME SINCE THAT IS WWE’S INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY.

      SHE CAN GO TO AEW WITH THE OTHER HAS BEENS LIKE MIRO THE GAME AND TWITCH WITH HIM DAY AND NIGHT AND GET GULLIBLE WRESLTING FANS TO GIVE THEM MONEY SINCE BIG BAD WWE RELEASED THEM.

      • Do you believe typing in all CAPS somehow makes your opinion less ridiculous?

        Thea was very successful in Impact before joining WWE. They didn’t find her off the street. She’ll be very successful as Thea again.

        The WWE is being greedy with this whole deal. Support what you enjoy, though.

  4. Very talented but still a little green in the ring. I can see her getting scooped up by AEW for sure. Too bad Vince lost her over his own greed

    • Vince saw thea as expendable. wwe has rules. if a talent does not want to follow wwe rules. then LEAVE. It is a free world. You can twitch. you can scam GULLIBLE FANS FOR MONEY ETC.

      THEA HAS COULD MIC SKILLS BUT THE FACT THAT SHE IS 5 FEET TALL MAKES HER SEEM COMPLETELY FAKE IN THE RING.

      WWEE REPLACED THEA WITH CHELSEA GREEN. if he wants a short woman on the main roster, he can call up kacy cantazaro or kayden carter etc.

  5. I wouldn’t be surprised if she was trying to start a union in the locker room, and somehow, someway Vince found out about it and fired her personally. He fired Jesse Ventura for attempting to unionize the wrestlers in the past so it wouldn’t be shocking to find out this was the case here.

    • wrong. THEA WAS JUST BEING A WISE ASS WITH THE “UNION” TWEET. WWE FIRED HER FOR REFUSING TO FOLLOW THE RULES REGARDING THIRD PARTY PLATFORMS.

      WWE TELLS HER SHE IS FIRED AT SD. THEA TWEETS ABOUT UNIONS AND THEN WWE TWEETS HER RELEASE.

      SHE IS TRYING TO PLAY THE VICTIM CARD BECAUSE HSE KNOWS THAT MANY WRESTLING FANS ARE GULLIBLE IDIOTS WHO BELIEVE ANYTHING A WRESTLER SAYS 24/7.

      THEA GETS MONEY FROM FANS FROM HER TWITCH AND ONLY FANS STUFF. SHE KNOWS HOW DUMB MANY WRESTLING FANS ARE IN REAL LIFE.

  6. Take note WWE performers – if you want to leave but are stuck under contract, just tweet about unionisation, and hey presto! Problem solved!

    • WRONG. THEA WAS FIRED FOR VIOLATING WWE RULES REGARDING THIRD PARTY PLATFORMS. SHE WAS JUST BEING A WISE ASS WITH THAT UNION TWEET TO MAKE WWE SEEM LIKE THE BAD GUYS IN THIS SITUATION.

      VINCE IS SMART. THERE ARE REASON WHY HE NEVER WANTS A WWE STAR TO BE BIGGER THAN WWE EVER AGAIN. HE SEES THEM AS REPLACEBLE CAR PARTS.

      ZELINA IS OUT OF WWE AND PRESTO CHELSEA GREEN GETS HER WWE ROSTER SPOT THE SAME DAY.

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