WWE announced Friday it launched Zelina Vega.
The explanation for her departure is unclear, although some on social media noted it came shortly after she expressed public assist for unionization:
She had also responded to a tweet from former colleague Paige, who stated in October she “discovered rather a lot about unionism today.”
Paige’s comment came as WWE started prohibiting its in-ring expertise from working their own accounts through third-party websites such as YouTube and Twitch. Some stars have constructed giant followings for themselves impartial from what they’ve completed on WWE programming.
Vega appeared to try a workaround by setting up an account on OnlyFans.
For critics of WWE, the corporate’s crackdown on third-party websites was one other instance of the way it exerts significant influence over its performers regardless of these performers being impartial contractors. HBO’s John Oliver made it a topic of discussion on Final Week Tonight in 2019.
Even assuming it performed no function in WWE letting Vega go, her launch will seemingly gas what has been a longstanding debate.
The 29-year-old initially had a limited on-screen function, serving as Andrade’s supervisor in NXT and continued to take action following his move to the main roster.
Extra lately, she branched off right into a singles career of her own. Vega unsuccessfully challenged Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship at Conflict of Champions in September.