Zelina Vega confirms she underwent surgery in May 2022, details how injury happened

Zelina Vega suffered a ruptured implant which required surgery. She detailed how the injury occurred

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Zelina Vega opens up about her surgery in 2022. 

In the fall of 2022 following a seven-month hiatus from WWE programming, Zelina Vega returned and was paired with Legado Del Fantasma (Santos Escobar, Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro). 

Prior to her return, she had last wrestled on the April 11th edition of Monday Night Raw. In the weeks following, it was first reported by PWInsider that Vega underwent surgery following an in-ring injury. 

Vega was the most recent guest on ‘Anna Faris Is Unqualified’ and confirmed that she suffered an in-ring injury that required surgery. The injury happened when she took a Northern Lights Suplex and her opponent’s elbow went into her chest area which ruptured an implant. 

I’m used to hearing ‘Thea’ but as of more recently because I had a surgery in May. So from May to October, I was gone from recovery so I hadn’t heard ‘Zelina’ in a while and now I’m hearing it again. I’m like, okay. 

Yeah (I was injured in the ring)… And honestly, it never happens off some really cool move or some crazy flip I did outside the ring. It’s always the littlest thing that will happen and that’s how you get injured but, knock on wood, I actually hadn’t had any serious injuries until that point and it wasn’t even that bad, it’s just silly. But, one of my best friends and I were in a match and she had given me this move called a Northern Lights Suplex where basically, she kind of flips me over her backwards and her shoulder went into my chest and I ruptured an implant. But, me of course looking on the bright side, I was like, well, they are ten years old anyway and I kind of wanted them bigger anyway so, it ended up working out. 

As Zelina was making her entrance into the 2023 women’s Royal Rumble, it was announced that she’ll be an in-game commentator for Street Fighter 6. 

If the quote in this article is used, please credit ‘Anna Faris Is Unqualified’ with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription. 

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