Fans watching WWE’s premium live event, Backlash 2023 might have been a little confused about why Zelina Vega threw a flip flop at Rhea Ripley.
While Michael Cole on commentary sort of explained, noting:
“La Chancla, Ladies and Gentlemen. And for those of you that have Latino heritage, you will get the significance of this, that was handed to her from her Mom, Monique,”
As Zelina Vega threw the flip flop at Rhea, Cole referenced that there were plenty of children who understood the reference.
But for those of you who do not, the short answer is that it is a common (and well earned) stereotype that Latino Moms will bust out ‘la chancla’ in regards to a naughty or mouthy child getting punished.
While there are usually two main routes by which one is smacked by la chancla, either through heat seeking missile-esq precision of a throw similarly to displayed by Zelina Vega during the match or even getting actually spanked with the shoe.
It should be noted that while the concept was made light of during this segment taking place in front of a thunderous San Juan, Puerto Rico crowd, there have been efforts in recent years to ‘end chancla culture‘ by abolishing the normalization of the corporal punishment technique exerted by generations of Latino Moms.
However also it should be noted, if anyone has ever truly ‘deserved’ la chancla, it is absolutely Rhea Ripley in this unique instance.
Elsewhere from tonight’s WWE Backlash, Zelina Vega had an emotional moment ahead of the big match against Rhea Ripley and afterwards, her real life husband, AEW star Malakai Black took to Twitter to comment on the match.
To keep up with all the news coming out of tonight’s WWE premium live event, WWE Backlash 2023 you can click this link.
The full card for Backlash was as follows:
San Juan Street Fight – Bad Bunny vs. Damian Priest
Cody Rhodes vs. Brock Lesnar
Sami Zayn, Kevin Owens & Matt Riddle vs. Solo Sikoa & The Usos
SmackDown Women’s Championship – Rhea Ripley (c) vs. Zelina Vega
Raw Women’s Championship – Bianca Belair (c) vs. IYO SKY
United States Championship – Austin Theory (c) vs. Bronson Reed vs. Bobby Lashley
Seth ‘Freakin’ Rollins vs. Omos
ZELINA VEGA WITH THE CHANCLA #WWEBacklash pic.twitter.com/B8JUyQ1nPK
— FAR (@FAR5222) May 7, 2023
If you want to stay fully updated on all the latest wrestling news, click the red bell in the bottom right of your screen to receive notifications from WrestleTalk.com straight to your device!
- CM Punk Responds To AEW Return Announcement
- Update On Cody Rhodes Upcoming SmackDown Appearance
- Seth Rollins First WWE World Heavyweight Title Defense Revealed
- Former WWE Star Reveals ‘Hypnosis’ Storyline Pitch To End Comedy Character
- Alexa Bliss Reveals In-Ring Return Preparations Prior To Pregnancy
- Top Star Explains Why He Didn’t Sign With WWE
- WWE Raw Star Shares Update On In-Ring Future
- WWE Name Opens Up About Losing Confidence, Names Stars Who Helped Him
- WWE Star Spotted Training With Top Japanese Star
- Major WWE Star Undergoing Surgery?