Thea Megan Trinidad, popularly known by Zelina Vega as her professional wrestling name in the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), is very outrageous and unapologetic to boxing.
Despite being an American professional wrestler, she is also a manager and an actress.
Vega signed under World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in 2017, where she wrestled under the Raw brand as the ring name Zelina Vega.
Also, before WWE, she worked in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) under the ring name Rosita and different independent promotions by her real name.
Zelina Vega was awarded as ‘Inspirational Wrestler of the Year’ in 2011 by wrestling magazine Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
Also, all the controversies have given her wrestling career a break after finally receiving an opportunity to show her talent as a wrestler after primarily working as a manager.
How did it happen the valuable present & future of WWE no longer a part of the company?
Let’s take a quick ride to Vega’s early life, Career, relationship & net worth.
|Birth Name||Thea Megan Trinidad|
|Birth Date||December 27, 1990|
|Birth Place||Queens, New York|
|Current Residence||Tampa, Florida|
|Ring Name||Zelina Vega (IN WWE)|
Rosita (In TNA)
|Father’s Name||Michael Angel Trinidad|
|Mother’s Name||Monique Trinidad|
|Siblings Name||Timothy Trinidad|
|Height||5 feet 1 inch (155 cm)|
|Weight||65 kg (143 lbs)|
|Body Measurement||Chest: 38 Inches|
Waist: 29 Inches
Hips: 37 Inches
|Eye color||Dark Brown|
|Bra Cup Size||36B|
|Shoe Size||8.5 (US)|
|Dress Size||6 (US)|
|Association||World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)|
|Previous Association||Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA)|
|Relationship Status||Married (2018)|
|Husband||Tom Budgen (Aleister Black)|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Debut Movie||Dorothy & the Witches of OZ (2012)|
|Social Media||Twitter, Instagram|
Zelina Vega | Early Life, Education, Parents, and Horoscope
Former WWE star, Zelina Vega was born on December 27, 1990, in Queens, New York, and is of Puerto Rican descent. She is an elder child to her parents, Michael Trinidad and Monique Trinidad.
Likewise, Timothy Trinidad is Vega’s younger brother, and they grew up together watching a professional wresting together; that’s where she grew her wrestling attachment.
Vega’s parents divorced when both she and her brother were very young, but her parents’ relationship was calm.
Likewise, her father worked as a telecom analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Centre and got killed during the September 11 terrorist attack at the World Trade Centre.
The death of her father left her and her family broken. As a young girl, she practiced swimming and played baseball at school, but her interest inclined her to wrestle more.
Furthermore, Vega says that it was her father who made and motivated her to enter the world of boxing. NBC featured her in a special issue titled Children of 9/11.
Considering the loss bared by many people on that black day, Vega worked as a camp counselor for children who lost their parents on the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Similarly, she also showed her participation in various charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity.
Zelina’s birth chart shows that she belongs to the Capricorn horoscope. Some of the characteristics traits of Capricorn are ambitious, goal-oriented, and people who don’t mind the hustle.
Coincidentally, it quite matches her personality as Vega is known for making a distinctive mark in her short time in business.
Zelina Vega | Career
Zelina’s Early Career
Vega started her initial wrestling training under Javi-Air, Azrieal, and T.J. Perkins. Likewise, her professional debut started on February 20, 2010, as a ring name Divina Fly under National Wrestling Superstars (NWS).
Zelina faced off against Brittney Savage in Bloomfield, New Jersey but lost the fight. Similarly, she fought several losing efforts in her starting career.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2011 to 2013)
While Vega was in Women Superstars Uncensored (WSU), she was noticed by Tommy Dreamer, who gave her a chance to show her performance at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) Impact.
Similarly, she was faced off against Angelina Love, whom Vega lost. Despite her loss, she was signed by TNA along with promotion.
After signing a contract with TNA, she started her wrestling on February 10, 2011, under the ring name Rosita.
Moreover, Rosita was the storyline cousin of Sarita in an eight-knockout tag team match. Also, Rosita and Sarita were teamed with Madison Rayne and Tara, and they defeated Angelina Love, Mickie James, Velvet Sky, and Winter.
During her time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), she was a one-time knockout champion alongside Sarita. Also, Vega is famous for her unapologetic behaviors and tantrums.
On November 16, 2020, she was fired by WWE for disobeying the company’s new terms and policy regarding supplemental income streams.
Before Zelina was fired from WWE, she was considered one of the rising wrestling stars who was gradually making her mark.
Besides, the 30-year-old wrestler has proved herself a promising and talented WWE performer to look after since 2017.
Independent Circuit (2011 to 2017)
At the event held by the Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) promotion, Rosita (Thea Trinidad) traveled to Mexico to attend an event.
While she was staying in Mexico, she was trained by CMLL trainers Arturo Beristain and Tony Salazar, and she also got a contract offer. However, she couldn’t sign due to her commitment to TNA.
Rosita also made her in-ring debut for Family Wrestling Entertainment, losing a fellow knockout to winter.
Similarly, she was also part of the roster for Global Force Wrestling (GFW), held on May 6, 2015. She defeated Lei’D Tapa at her first match of GFW on June 12, 2015.
Besides her independent circuit, she joined Ring of Honor (ROH) in 2015 & Shine Wrestling in 2016.
World Wrestling Entertainment WWE (2017 to 2020)
Trinidad took part in a try-out session for WWE on March 4, 2013. She also made her appearances in several brief promotions, such as in Adam Rose’s “Rosebud” and lost a fight against Asuka of NXT Women’s Champion.
Similarly, in 2017, Trinidad signed a WWE contract and began her training at the performance center.
Likewise, Trinidad started her WWE career as Zelina Vega; at first, she was the heel manager of Almas, who defeated No Way Jose on an NXT episode.
Vega also accompanied Almas to several matches but she interfered by attempting to perform a hurricanrana.
Similarly, Vega made her first prominent roster appearance on January 28 at Royal Rumble as she accompanied Almas in his entrance.
As noticed by the company, Vega was given a chance to perform an in-ring debut for NXT during the live event.
Moreover, she teamed with Almas and faced Jonny Gargano & Candice LeRae but were defeated.
Vega also participated in the Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 35 but failed to win.
Similarly, she assisted Almas the whole time and also helped him to win the title of United States Championship. As of October 2020, Vega was drafted to the SmackDown brand.
Vega’s Termination from WWE
WWE, in November 2020, announced the release of Zelina Vega’s contract. With the company launching a new policy, Trinidad directly challenged WWE by opening an account on Only Fans (a site that allows talent to interact directly with fans).
Moreover, it was linked with a monthly subscription. Her termination was in opposition to control of accounts.
After Vega’s termination from WWE, she tried to speak with Chief Vince McMahon, but he refused to talk to her.
Despite that Vega said that she is always grateful for the WWE stage, which has given her fame. She recently tweeted thanking all her colleagues back in WWE.
Vega’s Media Career
Aside from her wrestling career, Trinidad has appeared in a few movies and dramas. Vega was seen in the 2012 film Dorothy, and the Witches of OZ appeared in the documentary Children of 9/11.
Similarly, Vega portrayed professional wrestler AJ Lee in the drama Fighting with My Family. Also, Vega stated that Dwayne Johnson is her filmography inspiration.
Besides that, she is featured in a video game called WWE 2K20 where she recently fought against Alexa Bliss. Vega won the professional wrestling video game match against Bliss.
Zelina Vega | Achievements
- Inspirational Wrestler of the Year 2011
- Top 31 among 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2011
- Ranked no. 30 in top 30 female wrestlers in 2018
- Total Nonstop Action Knockouts Tag Team Championship with Sarita
Zelina Vega | Body Measurement
Vega is 5 feet 1 inch tall and weighs approximately 65 kg. She has athlete type of body build up and that measures (38-29-37) inches (Chest-Waist-Hips) respectively.
Similarly, Vega has black hair, which is accompanied by her dark brown eyes. She uses the bra cup with size 36B. Despite being short, she can take down the fierce competition.
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Zelina Vega | Personal Life and Husband
Trinidad is happily married to a very popular professional wrestler Tom Budgen, also known by the ring name Aleister Black. Similarly, they were married in November 2018 and currently reside in Tampa, Florida.
These two couples have launched their joint YouTube channel called ‘A to Z Aleister to Zelana’, where they share their daily lives.
Prior to her marriage with Black, she was in a very committed relationship with WWE wrestler Austin Aries. The two had started dating before Aries landed on WWE.
Thereafter, the two worked together in WWE and were able to give enough time and attention to their relationship. Nevertheless, the couple broke up shortly after Austin left WWE.
The breakup wasn’t an easy one and Vega had reportedly posted some personal tweets on her Twitter handle. However, she has taken them down as of now.
Nonetheless, Zelina got the best out of the breakup as she was able to find love again with her now-husband Aleister Black. The two met on NXT and were feuding with each other before they started dating.
Aside from that, Trinidad has a great passion and appreciation for cosplay. Her cosplays include Mortal Kombat, Pokemon, DC Comics, etc.
Some of her famous cosplays are Mortal Kombat’s Kitana and Mileena, Nurse Joy and Mr. Mime from Pokemon, League of Legends’ Jinx, Suicide Squad’s Harley Quinn, Apex Legend’s Loba, and many more. Her ecstatic cosplays can be found on her Instagram and other social media platforms.
Zelina Vega | Net Worth And Salary
Vega has also gained popularity and fame in her short boxing career. Before her termination from WWE, she was known as the future face of WWE.
Likewise, Vega’s net worth is estimated to be approximately around $2 million as of April 2020. In addition, wrestler also gets basic annual wages and bonuses.
WOW, saw the Mortal Kombat movie tonight and BRAVO!👏 props everyone involved. From the actors, CORRECT HISTORY & cool new takes on it, entrances, fatalities, nostalgia.. as an MK fan since the 1ST GAME I couldn’t have loved it more🥲 manifesting to play Jade in it someday🙏🏽✨ pic.twitter.com/BHqwujM58p
— 𝕿𝖍𝖊𝖆 𝕿𝖗𝖎𝖓𝖎𝖉𝖆𝖉 (@TheaTrinidad) April 23, 2021
WWE’s average wrestler on roster salary is estimated to be $500,000 to $1 million annually.
Besides wrestling, Vega also has several brand endorsements such as Trifecta Nutrition, Nails by Leishka, Jessica Angel collection, etc., which also makes her additional money.
Zelina Vega | Social Media Presence
Zelina Vega is on Instagram as @Thea Trinidad Budgen. She has over 1 million followers on her Instagram handle.
Similarly, she is also on Twitter as @Thea Trinidad with more than 416 + followers. Also, she usually posts her photos and her youtube channel link on her Twitter account.