Is Zelina Vega Married? Who is Malakai Black?

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A talented wrestler, Zelina Vega, shares a beautiful love story with her spouse, the former WWE superstar Malakai Black aka Aleister Black.

Even though the two are astonishingly successful in the wrestling industry, they have managed to keep their relationship discreet on-screen.

Showcasing their commitment to their craft, Zelina even played the role of one of Black’s fiercest opponents.

Zelina Vega Weds Allister Black
Zelina Vega Weds Allister Black (Source: Reddit)

However, their personal life blossomed behind the scenes, and in 2018, they surprised the wrestling community by exchanging vows and bonded in holy matrimony.

Their marriage added an extra layer of intrigue to their already enthralling careers.

A Brief On Malakai Black

Tom Budgen, known professionally as Malakai Black, is a Dutch wrestler currently signed to AEW.

Formerly known as Aleister Black in WWE, he gained popularity in various promotions like ICW, Progress Wrestling, PWG, and wXw, holding multiple championships.

After joining WWE’s NXT brand in 2017, he won the NXT Championship and the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

Malakai Black
Malakai Black (Source: Wrestling News)

Budgen later moved to Raw, then SmackDown before being released in 2021.

In 2022, he joined AEW and is currently one-third of the AEW World Trios Champions as part of the House of Black stable.

Zelina Vega Marriage & Previous Relationships

Tom Büdgen and Zelina Vega married in 2018. They currently reside in Tampa, Florida.

Before her marriage to Black, Vega’s personal life had been subject to speculation and rumors, with her name linked to various individuals within the wrestling industry.

In 2014, she briefly dated a businessman from Connecticut, Rich Dollaz.

After that, from 2015 to 2017, she dated a professional wrestler from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Austin Aries. They met during a talent meeting in TNA. The couple dated for around two years before splitting in 2017.

OnlyFans & Firing From WWE

Vega was considered one of WWE’s rising stars.

However, her value to the company did not excuse her from a controversial new company-wide announcement handed down by Vince McMahon himself.

According to the announcement, performers at WWE were banned from using platforms like Cameo or Twitch to supplement their income.

The CEO threatened that those who were noncompliant with the new rules would be subject to suspension, fine, or even dismissal, and Vega was the first casualty.

Zelina Vega Fired From WWE
Zelina Vega Fired From WWE (Source: Twitter)

So how did this all happen? Vega was considered a valuable piece in WWE’s present and future; why was she fired from the organization?

Well, Vega directly challenged WWE by opening an account on OnlyFans, a platform that allows talent to interact directly with their fans.

The platform is popular mainly because of the wrong reasons. It is primarily used by s*x workers who produce p****graphy. It is also used by the content creators such as musicians and physical fitness experts.

So, this account of Zelina featured exclusive photos and videos of cosplays, swimsuits, lingerie, and more for a monthly subscription fee of $30.

WWE, specifically Vince McMahon, was angered by Zelina’s pursuit, and the management felt she had boxed them into a problematic situation by opening the account on the platform.

Does Zelina Vega Still Have OnlyFans?

Zelina was fired from the company in November 2021, but she has returned to the WWE and was seen at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando. 

After removing her controversial tweets and OnlyFans account, Zelina made her surprise return to the company as one of the participants in the 2021 Women’s Monday in The Bank Ladder match.

In an interview, she explained that her return to the organization was because of her unfinished business with the company.

She made her remarkable return, and within a few months of her return, she defeated Dourop at WWE Crown Jewel in Saudi Arabia.

Pranaya Poudel
Pranaya Poudel
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