It’s not often that we get to see Zelina Vega actually wrestle, as WWE clearly sees her talents best utilised in the role of a manager for former NXT and United States Champion Andrade.
However, Vega herself is keen to prove herself in the ring as well as on the mic, as she explained to The New Day trio on their podcast.
She admitted that she never had any intentions of being a manager, but that Triple H convinced her it would be a good move for her career.
“I never thought I was going to be a manager. It wasn’t something that was on my mind. And then, I remember having a conversation with [Triple H] about where I was going to be with Andrade and what was going to happen there. And he was like, ‘yeah, I know you want to wrestle, but I really think this pairing is amazing and I think we should start here.’ He said, ‘that doesn’t mean you’re never going to wrestle, but I think we should just try to work with this and see what happens.’”
While it’s clear that pairing her with Andrade has indeed helped her career blossom, Vega says she still wants to have her time as a wrestler.
“I do want to have my time as a wrestler. It’s not something I’ve given up on or abandoned in any way because I do love when I get to go in there, especially when we do the mixed tags because they are so much fun. I don’t want to say I’m giving up on the rest of it. I feel like I need to have my time as a wrestler, but I need to build myself as a manager enough to get people to care enough to want to see that.”
It may well be some time before Vega gets her wish, but with WWE’s women’s division struggling to make stars, perhaps it’s time to take a chance on her.
Thank you to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.