She currently reigns as ‘Queen’ in WWE after winning the inaugural Queen’s Crown tournament in Saudi Arabia last year, but plenty is happening outside the ring in Zelina Vega’s world. An avid TikTok creator, the 31-year-old is married to current AEW wrestler Malakai Black, who performed as Aleister Black in WWE. Vega describes herself as a gamer and Twitch partner in her Twitter bio, as well as an actress. That’s right – Queen Zelina has even made it to the big screen.
Vega played a key role that you may have forgotten in the wrestling-inspired film ‘Fighting with My Family’, released in 2019. The film focuses on the life and rise of former WWE superstar Paige. While many wrestlers play themselves in the film, Vega ended up playing the part of AJ Lee, who was acting the night Paige made her main squad debut and captured the Divas Championship in an impromptu match. Lee was the reigning champion when the British-born superstar made her appearance in front of a rowdy New Orleans crowd, but retired in 2015 and was unwilling or unable — or not asked — to participate in the movie.
Vega ‘really found a connection’ with Lee
In a video posted by WWE at the time of the film’s release in February 2019, Vega talked about the role of Lee, who is a three-time Divas champion. “It was something that I really found a connection with her because we both loved video games, we’re both a bit geeky,” Vega said. “So it was really easy to really immerse myself in her and become her for that moment.”
Aside from her role in “Fighting with My Family,” which was co-produced with household names such as Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and comedian Stephen Merchant, Vega starred in a number of other films, including “Dorothy and the Witches of Oz,” where she plays Astoria, “Army of the Damned” as the character Lawson, and “Hope Bridge” where she takes on the role of Amanda, to name a few. Although Vega herself has yet to win a singles championship in WWE she is a former WWE Women’s Tag Team champion along with her partner, Carmella.
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