Report Confirms the Real Reason for Zelina Vega’s WWE Release

Published 11/16/2020, 9:25 PM EST


WWE fired Zelina Vega for breaching company policy last Friday.

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According to SI, Vega did not comply to the clauses of the controversial policy recently released by the company. The policy does not allow WWE Superstars to have an income stream on an external platform as this hampers the company and does not protect the entities (Superstars) created by the company.

Vega directly challenged this policy by opening an OnlyFans account. This platform gives users the opportunity for direct fan-interaction for a monthly subscription. Zelina Vega charged a $30 subscription fee which exposed her followers to a collection of videos and photographs of “cosplays, lingerie, swimsuits, and more”.

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Vega is also an active streamer on another platform that the company has banned – Twitch. Superstars such as AJ Styles and Cesaro used to be streamers as well.

The company’s policy allows the Superstars to keep the Twitch account only by sharing it with WWE and giving the company a major proportion of the profits.

Her continued presence on Twitch was a red flag for the company. However, the OnlyFans account is where WWE and Vince McMahon drew the line. The upper management took this decision to make Superstars realize how strictly the policy will be enforced.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – FEBRUARY 16: WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon attends a press conference to announce a major international event, Wrestle Mania XXIX, at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by John W. Ferguson/WireImage)

Zelina Vega posted a tweet on Friday showing her support for unionization. WWE Superstars are independent contractors. However, the classification was a subject to criticism and they are not protected by a union.

Zelina Vega is not the only one raising an issue with the policy

The new policy has caused WWE to endure severe backlash from Superstars and audience.

Both are of the belief that WWE should not meddle with the revenue streams the Superstars create outside of the company.

Some Superstars met with Vince McMahon personally to reverse the policy, but to no avail.

Despite everything, the company is moving forward with the policy.

What happens to Aleister Black?

Vega’s dismissal from the company puts a huge question mark on her husband, Aleister Black. The two of them built the fan following on Twitch.

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WWE audience have not seen him perform since his defeat against Kevin Owens on Raw after which he moved to SmackDown.

Current reports state that he is still under contract with WWE and is a part of the blue brand.

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Zelina Vega has immense talent, and other companies might capitalize on this opportunity. Only time will tell how she moves forward with her career in the wrestling industry.

 

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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