SJ - November 20, 2020
Last Friday the WWE announced that they had fired rising star Zelina Vega. The firing came shortly after Vega, real name Thea Megan Budgen, tweeted out support for unionization.
I support unionization.
— (@Zelina_VegaWWE) November 13, 2020
This appeared to be a response to a recent WWE policy banning wrestlers from using streaming sites like Twitch and Cameo to supplement their income.
There was no reason given by the WWE for Vega's firing, but Sports Illustrated is reporting that Vega joining OnlyFans is what pushed things over the edge and caused the termination.
From Sports Illustrated:
More than just noncompliant with the new company policy, Trinidad directly challenged WWE earlier this month by opening an account on OnlyFans, a site that allows talent to directly interact with their fans. Trinidad’s account features exclusive videos and photos of “cosplays, lingerie, swimsuits and more,” for a monthly subscription fee of $30.
WWE, specifically McMahon, considered this a breach of contract and responded by terminating Trinidad’s contract. Sources close to WWE informed Sports Illustrated that, following discussions regarding Twitch, upper management felt Trinidad boxed them into a difficult situation by opening the OnlyFans account. As unpopular as this new policy is among talent, Trinidad’s dismissal serves as a sobering reminder that the new policy is going to be strictly enforced.
Vega likely can't immediately jump into a new wrestling gig due to a non-compete clause that was in her contract. It would require her to wait for a period of time before joining another wrestling organization.
But she can use Twitch, Cameo or any other site to make money. Given that fact, and the fact that she's on OnlyFans, I'd say she'll be just fine.
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