Zelina Vega was unceremoniously let go by WWE in the fall of 2020. A half a year later, she was back on WWE SmackDown and placed into the Money in the Bank ladder match. Now, she’s a queen.

Zelina spoke to Ryan Satin’s Out of Character, where she shared how she prepared herself for her return to WWE. She said she reached out to The Great One himself. She talked about what The Rock told her just an hour before she made her entrance.

“Even the day I was coming back to WWE, maybe an hour before I went out, I called him and went, ‘Hey, I’m nervous. How do I do this, how should I attack this?’ He was just giving me some good ideas and it comes from a really good place. I’m thankful for him.”

Zelina said she wasn’t sure when exactly her return was going to take place. She wasn’t sure it would happen. Vega says she didn’t believe it until she was living it.


“I always say that I don’t actually know until it happens. You can know for a week or two and then it’s like, ‘we’re going to move it to here.’ I always say, ‘I didn’t know until my music hit.’ You just never know.”

Zelina Vega defeated Doudrop in the final of the Queen’s Crown tournament at Crown Jewel. She re-signed specifically because her husband, Malakai Black, worked for the company at the time. Black was released and has been with AEW since he became eligible to sign for the promotion.

What do you think of Zelina reaching out to The Rock for advice? Share your thoughts in the comments!

Thanks to Fightful for the transcriptions

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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