Zelina Vega Reveals Apology From Vince McMahon After SmackDown Controversy

Zelina Vega

Zelina Vega has recalled receiving a personal apology from WWE Chairman Vince McMahon after her match on the 9/11 episode of SmackDown was controversially cut.

On the 20th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, Zelina Vega appeared at a ceremony in New York City to honour those who perished that day. It was a particularly poignant moment of Vega whose father lost his life in the World Trade Centre.

On the episode of SmackDown that took place on September 10th, Zelina Vega had been due to team with Carmella to take on Liv Morgan and Toni Storm. The episode also took place in New York, meaning that the bout would have held a special significant for the Queen’s Crown winner.

However, it later came to light that the match was pulled from the show due to time constraints.

Following the show, Vega simply said “Nevermind” on Twitter and shared photos of what would have been her gear for the night.

Speaking in a new interview with Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT, Zelina Vega explained that while she was obviously disappointed, she knew it wasn’t anything personal.

“A lot of people were really upset, but I felt like a lot of the anger was misguided. 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 an order, the way that it went timewise, it got too close and they had to cut it.

Vega went on to reveal that she was later called by Vince McMahon who apologised for the match being cut. She also thanked her fans for the love and support that she received on the day.

“When it got cut, Vince called me and apologised because he wanted to make sure that I knew ‘listen, this wasn’t done to you personally or anything, it was literally just this [the time], I had to make that call and I’m so sorry.’ And people don’t know that side either.

“I love and appreciate my fans so, so much. I wish I could just squish their little faces. Because sometimes people can feel like they’re part of the machine and it’s no big deal and the fans probably don’t give a crap, but the outpouring of love I felt that day – and a bunch of other days to – is incredible.

“Without the fans we’d literally be nowhere. Just know it wasn’t something done personally to me. To have a boss to care enough to call you and go ‘look I’m sorry’, that’s important.”

Zelina Vega was most recently in action at Survivor Series where she helped Team Raw earn victory over their SmackDown rivals.

H/T to talkSPORT for the transcription.

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