A WWE star has been let go over her unauthorised adult film OnlyFans account.
Zelina Vega, whose real name is Thea Megan Trinidad, was shockingly dumped by WWE for breach of contract after failing to comply with the organisation’s new ban on supplemental income streams from third-party sites for their talent.
Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated confirmed that Vega is the first casualty of the policy instituted by CEO Vince McMahon in the fall.
“McMahon threatened that those who were non-compliant with the new restrictions would be subject to a fine, suspension or outright dismissal,” Barrarsso wrote on Tuesday.
“[Vega] directly challenged WWE earlier this month by opening an account on OnlyFans, a site that allows talent to directly interact with their fans. [Vega’s] account features exclusive videos and photos of ‘cosplays, lingerie, swimsuits and more,’ for a monthly subscription fee of $30.”
Vega wrote on Twitter on Tuesday (AEDT): “I want to say thank you all very much for the last 3-4 years @WWEUniverse, it was incredible.
“I would have never have been able to say ‘this is for you dad’ if certain people did not believe in me. I love you all and I couldn’t have done it without your support.”
Vega thanked McMahon over her Twitch stream and insisted there is no bad blood between them, according to the Sun.
The 29-year-old Queens native was considered a rising star in the organisation after appearing in the Clash of Champions and WrestleMania 36 and frequently performing on Raw.
She is also an active streamer on Twitch, which is similarly prohibited under the new ban, but the OnlyFans violation “boxed [upper management] into a difficult situation,” sources told Barrasso.
WWE performers are independent contractors, which has drawn ire from the SAG-AFTRA labour union. Talent is allowed to stay on Twitch, but only under the WWE banner which limits their income, a restriction that fellow WWE personality Paige (Saraya-Jade Bevis) has been vocal about.
“Learned a lot about unionism today,” Paige tweeted in October.
After Vega’s termination, she tweeted, “I support unionisation.”
Vega began her career in NXT as manager for Andrade. She married WWE’s Aleister Black, whose real name is Tom Budgen, in December 2018.
“Thank you for everything @AndradeCienWWE,” she tweeted.
“Being with you will forever be one of the highlights of my career. Both professionally and personally. You’re one of the best in the world and it was an honour. Te quiero mucho hermano #tranquilo.”