As she should be. This week’s edition of WWE SmackDown was a special one indeed, as the show aired from Madison Square Garden. That alone should mean something big for the show, but then there was the factor of the show being held twenty years to the day before the September 11 terror attacks. This was a very emotional night for some people, but one of them did not make the show.

SmackDown’s Zelina Vega has a personal connection to the attacks as her father was killed on September 11, 2001. WWE heavily featured her in advertisements and promotional material for this week’s show, but Vega did not actually appear. Vega had special gear made for the event and shared pictures on it on Twitter, accompanied by the message “nevermind”. According to Fightful Select, the plan was for Vega and Carmella to face Liv Morgan and an unnamed partner but the match was cut due to time issues.

They left out something good. Check out what Vega can do when she is given the chance:

Zelina Vega returns: SmackDown, July 2, 2021

Bianca Belair vs. Zelina Vega: SmackDown, Aug. 6, 2021

Toni Storm vs. Zelina Vega: SmackDown, July 23, 2021

Opinion: If there has been a better recent example of WWE coming off as out of touch, I don’t think I’ve seen it. This feels like WWE intentionally got what they could out of Vega’s personal tragedy and then tossed her aside. There was nowhere to get Vega on the show for a two minute match with no entrances? A token appearance would have been better than nothing, but WWE could not even bother to do that, which is quite the problem.

What does this mean for Vega? How does it make WWE look? Let us know in the comments below.

Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 60,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 6,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at, or check out his- Amazon author page with 30 wrestling books.

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