On the July 2nd edition of SmackDown Zelina Vega returned to a WWE ring for the first time in eight months.
Vega had initially signed for WWE back in 2013, where she worked primarily as a manager and valet to Andrade. However, the former IMPACT star was released in November 2020 reportedly due to “fallout from October’s edict that talents drop their relationships with third-party entities.”
Moments before WWE’s confirmation of the release, Vega tweeted “I support unionization” and later went on to have a “powerful” discussion with SAG-AFTRA, the United States’ leading union for entertainment industry workers.
Speaking in a new interview with Stephanie Chase of Digital Spy, Vega discussed her return to the company, saying she felt as though she had unfinished business.
“More than anything, WWE has always been a place where I felt like I had unfinished business. For me, as a kid, I want to a champion and there are so many things I want to accomplish. Coming back, I set my eyes on the SmackDown Women’s Championship. That’s what I’m focused on the most and seeing where that takes me. After Bianca vs. Sasha, who knows. Will it be Bianca that remains champion or will it be Sasha? Either one, I’m coming after them and I can’t wait for that,”
Reflecting on her break from wrestling, Vega said that she used the time away to work on new ideas for her ring gear and adding new moves to her in-ring arsenal.
“I had time for both. Sometimes, you do need that mental break. It may not be wrestling, it may be anything. You take your time, revitalize yourself, get refreshed and you can dive back into that creative side of you and think ‘what can I do differently?’ or ‘how can I add to this style to my move set?’ There are a lot of things you’ll see now with my outfits, especially my jacket. I feel like I’ve taken them to a whole new level and how intricate they are and what certain things mean. Who I’m cosplaying and why, there is always a meaning. Then, feeling like I want to add more striking to my moves. As a manager, I never got to add too much of a Lucha style to me. Now, I can display that, especially with people like Toni Storm, Bianca, and Sasha. It’s cool to mix it up with them and see a whole new side of me.”
After tangling with the biggest names on SmackDown, Zelina Vega finds herself winless since getting back in the ring. Vega was most recently in action on the August 6th episode of the blue brand where she was defeated by SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair.
As a result of her win, Belair now finds herself on a collision course with former champion Sasha Banks. The EST of WWE defeated Banks for the title at WrestleMania, but The Boss recently arrived back in WWE thirsty for revenge.
Belair and Banks will now meet at SummerSlam with the SmackDown Women’s Title on the line.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.