WWE superstar Zelina Vega has revealed Vince McMahon apologized to her for cancelling the tag match involving her, Carmella, Liv Morgan and Toni Storm on the September 10th edition of SmackDown.
In an interview with talksSPORT, Vega said she was supposed to tag with Carmela against Morgan and Storm on WWE Super SmackDown, which was shot at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
For the match, Vega had a customized ring gear to honor the memory of her father, Michael Trinidad, who was a victim of the 9/11 attacks that shook the U.S. in 2001. Many fans reacted strongly to the WWE’s decision to cut the match as they thought it went out as a sign of disrespect towards Vega and her late father ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
“A lot of people were really upset, but I felt like a lot of the anger was misguided,” Vega said. She continued, “I was disappointed, but I also knew it wasn’t a personal thing. If you knew — and obviously a lot of the fans don’t know that the show goes in order — the way that it went timewise, it got too close and they had to cut it.”
“When it got cut, Vince McMahon called me and apologized because he wanted to make sure that I knew, ‘Listen, this wasn’t done to you personally or anything, it was literally just [the time], I had to make that call and I’m so sorry.’ And people don’t know that side either.”
The reigning Queen of the Ring also thanked her fans for supporting her through thick and thin. She clarified that the WWE managed had to nix the plans for her match due to time constraints.
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