There was a lot of anger directed at WWE from fans who wondered why Zelina Vega was pulled from the WWE Friday Night SmackDown show on the eve of September 11.
Vega’s father was one of the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11/01 so it would have only made sense to feature her on the show in some way. She was scheduled to be in a tag match on the show but, as is the case on most weeks, plans changed. Vega told talkSPORT that Vince McMahon apologized to her.
Vega said, “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.”
Vega continued, “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.”
“When it got cut, Vince 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 this [the time], I had to make that call and I’m so sorry.’ And people don’t know that side either.”
Vega praised the fans and said she would “literally be nowhere” without them but she said that sometimes the fans feel like they are part of the WWE machine and she appreciated the outpouring of love.
Things have worked out for Vega since returning to the company in July. After losing a few matches upon her return, she has been regularly featured on TV and was crowned as the first Queen in the Queen’s Crown tournament finals at Crown Jewel.