Zelina Vega is ready for the biggest opportunity of her career at WWE Clash of Champions.
Zelina Vega appeared as a spontaneous challenger to the WWE Raw Women's Championship currently held by Asuka, but on the kickoff show prior to WWE Clash of Champions, she will get her first opportunity to win singles gold in WWE.
Speaking with TVInsider, Vega discusses the confidence she oozes on television and why she is ready to take the next step in her career.
“It was legit hunger I had because it took me about seven or eight years to get to WWE. It was the constant tryouts, being turned away and being told it wasn’t the right time yet. It was always something. I’m the type of person who doesn’t have thin skin. I just said, ‘Okay, how can I make this better? How can I improve myself?’,” Vega reflected.
"Then when they paired me with Andrade, it was like lightning struck. It felt like the perfect timing for me because I felt I’ve worked so hard to get here and prove myself. Then he was hungry because he knew the talent he had. He just needed that extra spice or sizzle to him. We are each other’s yin and yang. It just worked out perfectly. I just felt like for me it’s this constant need to prove myself. Even now where people think I’m just a manager and haven’t been wrestling for 11 years. They haven’t seen what I can do. You can see now two different sides to me where it’s the striking side due to [my husband] Aleister [Black]. Then I get the more lucha side due to Andrade. It’s a nice combination in my arsenal.”
Zelina says now is the time for her to move forward and says this is a full-circle moment in her career.
“This is a moment I’ve been waiting for since I started. Since I was a kid really. At age four I knew this is what I wanted to do. It was a come full-circle moment and living that moment. You feel almost like a kid again. It’s like you are living that dream for her and making sure she is proud. It also doesn’t take me away from the goal at hand. The goal is to become the women’s champion.
“Whether that is on Raw or on pay-per-view, that is the goal regardless. It’s finally time. It feels like it’s time. I’m ready. I’m really meticulous as you said about when and how I do things. This feels like the right time now. Back in 2016, I had a match against Asuka. I lost that match. It was in NXT. Mickie James was the one to ask for a title match after that. Now four years later Mickie was in the match [two weeks ago] with Asuka. She lost that match. Now I’m asking for a title match. Someone brought that to my attention. It really is full-circle.”
On the WWE Ahora preview of WWE Clash of Champions, Vega said that should they all walk out of the event with gold, she would easily reconcile with Andrade and Angel Garza to be able to go on and be the power group they were always meant to be.
Fightful will have live coverage of the pay-per-view event beginning tonight at 6 p.m. Eastern