The news of Zelina Vega’s abrupt release from WWE on Friday caught the attention of labor union leaders and politicians, and was covered by mainstream media outlets.
Vega reportedly failed to comply with the third party edict handed out by WWE last month and proceeded to open a new OnlyFans account, which did not help her case among WWE brass. She also has a tremendous following on Twitch as well. Something she did not want to part ways with. The backstory is that she was among “a couple of women who were making more money through social media than their WWE contracts.” Vega was supposedly “making a lot of money on Twitch” prior to WWE asking talents to cease activity on third party platforms.
For Vega, it boiled down to choosing between WWE and Twitch, and she chose the latter, she made her choice and WWE had no option but to fire her. With no house shows and merchandise deals down due to the pandemic, this outlet is profitable for talent.
Vega returned to her Twitch feed on Friday within a few hours of her WWE release. She is presently serving the customary 90-day non-compete clause, which prevents her from appearing on TV for any other wrestling promotion until mid-February 2021.