Zelina Vega received the biggest ovation of her career after her match for the SmackDown Women’s Title at Backlash 2023. The WWE SmackDown Women’s Title was on the line as Rhea Ripley took on Zelina Vega in a match in Vega’s home country of Puerto Rico.
The crowd was loud and alive for the entire event and came unglued in support of Zelina. Her attire showed her heritage and connection to the country. Along with that, her performance in the match was appreciated by everyone present at the venue.
However, Vega lost the match after Ripley hit the ‘Riptide’ on her. After the match, Zelina Vega got a standing ovation from the crowd and loud cheers praising her performance. It was a very emotional moment for Vega as she could not hold back her tears during those cheers.
The challenger’s family was also present at the arena to show their support and admiration. Zelina Vega has won the Women’s Tag Titles previously as well as The Queen’s Crown Tournament in 2021. She is yet to win a singles title in WWE.
Zelina Vega made her WWE debut in 2017 as a manager for Andrade “Cien” Almas on NXT. She made her first main roster debut in the following year at the Royal Rumble.
Vega, along with Andrade, were drafted to SmackDown in April of 2018 where she stayed for the remaining year. In the Superstar Shake-up of 2019, both Zelina and Andrade were drafted to the Raw brand. She mainly stayed in the managerial role for Andrade. In November of 2020, Vega was released from her contract.
It was announced that Zelina Vega would be returning to compete in the 2021 Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match. Vega has since assumed the role of a singles and tag team competitor in her second run as opposed to the managerial role from the first run. In retrospect, she has found more success as a competitor.
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