Rising WWE star Zelina Vega has been fired for violating a new company policy that prohibits artists from using third-party online platforms such as Twitch and Cameo to supplement their income.
Vega, whose real name is Thea Megan Trinidad, went in direct violation of the rules by setting up a daring OnlyFans account earlier this month, angered CEO Vince McMahon and the organization released her from her contract.
For $ 30 a month, fans could communicate directly with the 29-year-old through her account with exclusive videos and photos of her in cosplays, lingerie, and bathing suits.
WWE star Zelina Vega was fired on November 13 for setting up an OnlyFans account
For $ 30 a month, fans could communicate directly with the 29-year-old through her account with exclusive videos and photos of her in cosplays, lingerie and bathing suits
The OnlyFans account was in direct violation of a new WWE company policy that prohibits artists from using third-party online platforms to supplement their income
McMahon, who introduced the new policy, had threatened his stars with fines, suspension, or outright dismissal if they didn’t meet the requirements.
After her OnlyFans account was discovered, Vega became the first victim on Nov. 13, a sign that the organization is serious about enforcing the ban.
According to Wrestling Inc, McMahon declined to speak to Vega before being escorted from the building after being fired by WWE’s Senior Director of Talent Relations, Mark Carrano.
Vega shared a photo of the tribute to her family on her WWE outfit as she thanked them
Vega initially seemed now to show bad blood against the organization after her dismissal.
‘I want to say a big thank you to all of you for the past 3-4 years @WWEUniverse, it was incredible,’ she tweeted.
‘I could never have said’ this is for you father ‘if certain people didn’t believe in me. I love you all and I couldn’t have done it without your support. ‘
But in a separate Twitch stream earlier this week, she reportedly called her the ‘worst day of my life’ and ‘literal hell’, while warning fans about spreading misinformation on social media.
She claimed she would never say anything bad about WWE because it got her a husband and friends, but said she would talk further about what happened on her Twitch stream in the future.
Vega, whose real name is Thea Megan Trinidad, went against the rules directly by setting up a daring OnlyFans account earlier this month, angering CEO Vince McMahon.
Zelina Vega started her WWE career as a manager for Andrade
Vega said on a Twitch stream that her firing was ‘the worst day of my life’ and ‘literal hell’
‘The past week has been hell. Literal hell. Friday was the worst day of my life, well, since 2001. When you hear about me in the social media world, sometimes misinformation can be spread, ”she said, according to Fighting.
“It’s important to me that you get to know me. I was someone who let people walk all over me. I was very insecure and did not stand up for myself. Looking at social media, I expected the worst. I was pleasantly surprised. I thought people would look at me like the devil.
“Let’s just say the story has gotten completely out of control and all wrong,” she added.
‘If people see the real story I’m telling, it is me. I have learned to grow as a person. I have known to realize my worth and stand up for who I am and appreciate the things I have been given along the way. ‘
Vega was considered a rising star in the ring after appearing in the Clash of Champions and WrestleMania 36 and performing regularly on Raw
WWE artists are independent contracts, but the new policy prevents them from earning money for their talent through any other third-party online stream.
Vega also had a Twitch account that made her extra money, but the fame of its use among WWE artists led the company to decide that they could keep their accounts under conditions.
If an artist wants to stream on Twitch, they must do so under the WWE banner, which may also limit their earnings.
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The move to ban additional income for WWE performers in this way has led some to call out the need for a union for the stars, which Vega has expressed support for following her resignation.
“I support unionization,” she said in a tweet that made headlines before she was released.
This week, she also revealed that she had spoken to SAG-AFTRA, the country’s largest union representing working artists, who have previously expressed anger at the WWE star being held as independent contractors.
Powerful conversation with Thea Trinidad @Zelina_VegaWWE today. We support her and others as they work to protect and empower themselves, ” the union tweeted.
“Very powerful indeed, thank you all for the pleasant conversation and insight,” replied the resident of Queens.
“ I support unionization, ” wrote Vega, making headlines before she was released
This week, she also revealed she had spoken to SAG-AFTRA, the country’s largest union representing working artists who were angry with WWE.
Vega responded to the union saying their conversation was “very powerful.”
Vega said she will continue to stream on Twitch after her firing
Vega was considered a rising star in the ring after appearing in the Clash of Champions and WrestleMania 36 and performing regularly on Raw, according to the New York Post.
She started her career as a manager for Andrade, whom she thanked separately in a tweet after her own WWE career ended.
‘Thanks for everything @AndradeCienWWE,’ she tweeted. “Being with you will forever be one of the highlights of my career. Both professionally and personally. You are one of the best in the world and it was an honor. Te quiero mucho hermano #tranquilo. ‘
Her resignation also raises questions about her husband’s future at WWE. In December 2008 she married Aleister Black, whose real name is Tom Budgen.
He’s also built a big following on Twitch, but is still under contract.