Mick Foley has revealed that he angrily phoned Vince McMahon after the WWE Chairman left Zelina Vega off two memorial shows for the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
On the 10th September 2021 edition of Friday Night SmackDown WWE paid tribute to those who had lost their lives during the 9/11 terrorist attacks two decades previously. The follow night, the company held another live show which was dedicated to those who lost their lives.
However, WWE found themselves at the centre of major controversy when it emerged that a match featuring Zelina Vega was pulled from the SmackDown show. The bout was set to be of huge significance to the star as she lost her father on 9/11.
Vega later revealed that Vince McMahon phoned her personally to apologise for the situation.
Speaking on the first episode of his new podcast, Foley is Pod, available via AdFreeShows, WWE legend Mick Foley revealed that he was so angry over the omission that he phoned McMahon to give his thoughts on what had happened.
This conversation is currently the last time that the pair have spoken.
“The last time I interacted with Vince was when I was really angry about what he did with Thea Trinidad [aka Zelina Vega],” Foley said during the first episode of Foley is Pod. “Zelina Vega didn’t get to work on the [9/11] memorial show … Thea lost her dad that day in the towers, and I was freaking angry. I was really angry, and I don’t know Thea that well, but I’ve known her since she got in the business, this bright starry-eyed young lady.”
“I said, ‘I guarantee you, there’s a part of her, every time September 11th rolls around, that is still that 9 or 10-year-old girl that misses her dad,’” Foley said.
“And Thea got back to me and said ‘How did you know? That’s exactly how I feel.’ The reason I’m bringing up the Thea Trinidad situation is that Vince called her and he apologized. He had apologized that day, too, and I would say he has made it up to her.
So I think Vince deserves a lot of credit for having the capability of changing his mind, admitting when he was wrong — but he admits when he was wrong and moves on. It’s not as big a deal to him as it is to us.”
Zelina Vega went on to become the first-ever Queens Crown tournament winner, as well as Women’s Tag Team Champion, alongside Carmella. The star is currently out injured after undergoing surgery, she is expected to return in around two months.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.