Zelina Vega recently split from being Andrade and Angel Garza’s manager after they broke up last week. In the storyline, she was tired of watching them fight against each other. However, it’s possible she just got tired of watching them face The Street Profits every week.
While some people have been clamoring for Zelina to get in the ring, Vega has revealed, in an interview with TV Insider, Triple H told her upon signing with WWE the company had big plans for her as a manager.
“I had the conversation with Hunter [Triple H] too. He said, ‘I know you want to wrestle, but I feel this is a great starting point. If you want to get to wrestling still, we’ll absolutely go there. But if you fall in love with this role, let’s go with it. We see great things for you in this role.'”
Vega certainly filled the role wonderfully. She and Andrade had some incredible chemistry as a duo.
“Then when they paired me with Andrade, it was like lightning struck. It felt like the perfect timing for me because I felt I’ve worked so hard to get here and prove myself. Then he was hungry because he knew the talent he had. He just needed that extra spice or sizzle to him. We are each other’s yin and yang. It just worked out perfectly.”
She also spoke about her drive and where she gets her influences from.
“I just felt like for me it’s this constant need to prove myself. Even now where people think I’m just a manager and haven’t been wrestling for 11 years. They haven’t seen what I can do. You can see now two different sides to me where it’s the striking side due to [my husband] Aleister [Black]. Then I get the more lucha side due to Andrade. It’s a nice combination in my arsenal.”
Another interesting tidbit from the interview is how Zelina Vega got her name.
“Vega, I got that last name from Street Fighter because I love him. I got to bring that into my last name. I dressed like him for the Royal Rumble. Then when I wanted to do something more intricate, I did Sombra from Overwatch for SummerSlam. Depending on what I’m going for in the moment and what the story calls for, it decides who I might be bringing into my character that day. Who I’m trying to shed some light on.
“I always try to be different because I look at the other girls, and nothing I wear looks like anything they wear. I take pride in that because there is something to, ‘Oh, Zelina looks like this.’ Like if Zelina was a doll, what would she look like? Everybody would know exactly what she would look like, and that is important to me.”
It’s a good thing she got to pick her name. Otherwise, she could be something like Slapjackie or Z-pack. Whatever her name is, you can’t deny her talent. She is just getting started in the ring, but her talent on the mic should make her stand out in the women’s division.