WWE superstar Zelina Vega has hailed Sensational Sherri & Melina as her two main female influences and has revealed she’d like the opportunity to wrestle more often.
Vega currently performs for the WWE on its RAW brand and is largely being used as a manager. Prior to signing with the organization, Vega had earned a reputation as one of the top female indie wrestlers in the world.
During a recent appearance on the “New Day: Feel The Power” podcast, Vega spoke about being influenced by Melina and WWE Hall of Famer Sensational Sherri.
“I have always loved Paul Heyman, Sherri, and Melina. I would use them for character things, but I never thought I was going to be a manager. That wasn’t something that was in my mind. I remember having a conversation with Hunter about where I was going to be with Andrade and what was going to happen. He said, I know you want to wrestle, but I really think this pairing is amazing, and I think we should start here. It doesn’t mean you are never going to wrestle, but let’s try to work with this and see what happens.” she said.
Sherri and Melina are two women, who much like Vega, were stuck in managing roles during certain points of their career but were more than capable of performing in the ring when needed. Both women did also receive the opportunity to wrestle and even held the WWE Women’s Championship, in Melina’s case on multiple occasions. Vega would like to have the same opportunities in the future.
Vega also spoke about the long road she had to endure in order to finally achieve her lifelong dream of signing with the WWE.
“My first tryout ever was in 2010 for FCW with A.J. and Naomi. Norman Smiley and Steve Keirn were the ones running the tryout. From then on, the Usos and others, I became friends with everybody. Fast forward, I had tryouts almost every year and they would say, no, you’re to this or that. I would try to change whatever it was. Then, your endurance wasn’t up. Next year, I came back and upped my endurance and they said dye your hair blonde because I reminded them of Trish. During my Rosebud time, that’s when I was blonde. It was interesting because I felt I didn’t want to say I was there already. During the Rosebud time, I always felt like it was so easy because everyone made it feel so comfortable and everyone was so welcoming to me that it felt like home. I felt like I was supposed to be here. I just never took no for an answer.” Vega said.
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