On Friday evening, WWE announced via its website that they have released SmackDown performer Zelina Vega.
Before WWE made the announcement, Vega tweeted, “I support unionization”. The release was already known about internally before Vega tweeted that message and it was not the cause.
Vega had been one of the main roster performers that had been active on Twitch alongside husband Aleister Black. The two announced recently they were unsure when they would be back streaming following WWE’s edict for main roster talent to stop engaging on third-party platforms independent of WWE.
Earlier this week, it was noted that Vega had launched an OnlyFans account under the pseudonym “Megan Minx”. She was charging fans up to $1,000 for ten pictures where they could choose the cosplay outfit she wore with a non-nude policy.
Shortly after news of the release, Vega posted on Instagram with the message “see you on Twitch”
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Vega, real name Thea Budgen, worked in TNA from 2011-13 as Thea Trinidad and later as Rosita and left once her contract expired.
She was signed to WWE in June 2017 and appeared on-screen as the manager for Andrade Cien Almas. The pairing was kept together when brought up to the SmackDown roster in April 2018.
When the empty arena shows began at the Performance Center, Vega was prominently featured in a speaking role most weeks as a foil for new WWE champion Drew McIntyre and often featured in multiple segments on RAW.
Vega started wrestling more often over the past few months, including challenging Asuka for the RAW women’s championship at Clash of Champions in September.
At the WWE Draft in October, they split up the act with Garza on RAW, Vega on SmackDown, and Andrade listed as a free agent.
Last week, Vega lost in a three-way qualifying match for the Survivor Series involving Ruby Riott and Natalya.