Gabrielle Carteris, “Beverly Hills 90210” actress and the President of SAG-AFTRA (The Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists), reached out to Zelina Vega this evening after news broke about her release from WWE. SAG-AFTRA is a labor union that represents over 160,000 people in the entertainment industry, including journalists, radio personalities, television actors, recording artists, singers and voice actors.
It’s not clear yet where this is going but it seems like change could be happening in pro wrestling and MMA.
Andrew Yang has already indicated that he plans on pushing to get legislation passed to address how WWE classifies wrestlers as independent contractors. WWE announced Vega’s release this evening just minutes after she tweeted, “I support unionization.”
The word going around in WWE is that she already knew that she was being released by the time she sent out the tweet about unionization and the decision to release her came after she expressed her issue with WWE’s mandate that wrestlers must give up their Twitch and Cameo accounts.
Vega later went on Twitch and thanked all of the fans and the people she worked with in WWE. She also noted that she is not done in pro wrestling. Vega is currently under a 90-day non-compete so she would not be able to wrestle for a company like AEW or Impact Wrestling until February.
— Gabrielle Carteris (@TheGabrielle_C) November 14, 2020
So do we. https://t.co/kgTIrv0jdl
— SAG-AFTRA (@sagaftra) November 14, 2020