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Who Is Zelina Vega ? Read More About Her

Who Is Zelina Vega ? Read More About Her

Who Is Zelina Vega ? Read More About Her

Thea Megan Trinidad Büdgen was born in December 27, 1990, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Zelina Vega. She is also known for her time in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) as Rosita, where she was a one-time Knockouts Tag Team Champion with Sarita and for various independent promotions under her real name. Trinidad portrayed fellow professional wrestler AJ Lee in the 2019 biographical film Fighting with My Family.

Thea Megan Trinidad was born in the Queens borough of New York City on December 27, 1990 and is of Puerto Rican descent. She grew up watching professional wrestling with her father Michael and younger brother Timothy and was inspired by Rey Mysterio. Her parents divorced when she and her brother were still young, though they remained friends. She practiced swimming and baseball at school. When she was 10 years old, her father was killed in the September 11 attacks; he had worked as a telecom analyst for Cantor Fitzgerald at the World Trade Center and was on the 103rd floor of the North Tower when it collapsed.

Her mother, Monique Ferrer, approached StoryCorps with the story of how she and her husband had met and what she experienced on the day of the attacks with his death, which StoryCorps used to create a short cartoon titled Always a Family as a way of honoring his memory. She has said it was because of her father that made her enter the wrestling business. She was featured in an NBC special, titled Children of 9/11, on September 5, 2011. Growing up, she also worked as a counselor on a camp for children that had lost parents on 9/11 and also participated in charitable causes such as Habitat for Humanity with Tuesday’s Children after Hurricane Katrina.

Trinidad appeared in the 2012 film Dorothy and the Witches of Oz. She appeared in the documentary Children of 9/11, and on the first and twentieth anniversaries of the September 11 Memorial Ceremony, she participated in the reading of victim names. She portrayed professional wrestler AJ Lee in the sports drama film Fighting with My Family. She has said that Dwayne Johnson inspired her to act in films. Trinidad appears as a non-playable manager in WWE 2K19 and then as a playable character in WWE 2K20.

Trinidad married fellow professional wrestler Tom Büdgen, better known as Malakai Black, in 2018. She resides in Tampa, Florida. On the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, Trinidad spoke about her father who died as a result of the terrorist attack in an out-of-character interview on TNA’s No Surrender pay-per-view. She appeared at the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and honoured her father as she read out his name just after 09:00 that morning, barely 10 minutes after United Airlines flight 175 crashed into the South Tower. She was accompanied by another woman, who lost her loved one, Phillip Miller that day.