Zelina Vega Says Vince McMahon Personally Apologized For Cutting 9/11 Anniversary Match

Zelina Vega got a personal apology from Vince McMahon.

WWE held SmackDown on September 10 at Madison Square Garden and reflected on the anniversary of 9/11 during the event. Zelina Vega, who tragically lost her father in the 9/11 attacks, was scheduled to have a tag team bout on the card, but it was cut due to time.

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Speaking to Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, Vega revealed that Vince McMahon apologized for what happened.

“A lot of people were really upset, but I felt like a lot of the anger was misguided,” Vega explained. “I was disappointed, but I also knew it wasn’t a personal thing. If you knew, and obviously a lot of the fans don’t know that the show goes in an order, the way that it went timewise, it got too close and they had to cut it. When it got cut, Vince called me and apologized because he wanted to make sure that I knew ‘listen, this wasn’t done to you personally or anything, it was literally just this [the time], I had to make that call and I’m so sorry.’ And people don’t know that side either. I love and appreciate my fans so, so much. I wish I could just squish their little faces. Because sometimes people can feel like they’re part of the machine and it’s no big deal and the fans probably don’t give a crap, but the outpouring of love I felt that day – and a bunch of other days to – is incredible. Without the fans we’d literally be nowhere. Just know it wasn’t something done personally to me. To have a boss to care enough to call you and go ‘look I’m sorry’, that’s important.”

Vega would wrestle the following week on SmackDown, teaming with Carmella in a count out loss to Liv Morgan & Toni Storm.

Vega, the reigning Queen's Crown winner, is set to be part of the five vs. five elimination match at WWE Survivor Series. Fightful will have live coverage of the event beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

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