On the July 2nd episode of Friday Night SmackDown Zelina Vega completed a shock return to the blue brand.
Zelina Vega initially signed with WWE in 2013 before her release late last year, which was reportedly due to “fallout from last month’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.
Rumours surrounding her potential return to the company have been swirling since reports in May claimed she had been spotted being filmed at the WWE Performance Center. A later report revealed the filming involved her walking in the WWE Performance Center alongside Simone Johnson.
While Johnson didn’t appear and wasn’t referenced on SmackDown, Vega was revealed as the next entrant into the women’s Money In The Bank Ladder Match. Following the announcement, the returning star clashed with Liv Morgan, tasting defeat in a hastily put together match.
Vega later appeared on Talking Smack where she immediately set her sights on SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair and number one contender, Bayley.
First looking ahead to Money In The Bank, Vega said that she didn’t see any competition.
“I mean, I’m not saying I don’t got good vision, but I don’t see no competition there,”
The former IMPACT star continued, explaining that she’d got unfinished business with Belair.
“I think I have some unfinished business with Bianca [Belair]. If she’s even going to remain champion, although, I’m not really fond of Bayley either. Whoever it’s going to be, that’s who I have my eyes on right now.”
Zelina Vega and Bianca Belair previously clashed in a series of matches in 2020, with Belair emerging with the upper hand.
In regard to the champion, it has also been announced that she will defend her title against Bayley at Money In The Bank in an ‘I Quit’ Match.