Zelina Vega Explains WWE’s Reasons For Legado Del Fantasma Pairing
Zelina Vega was a firm favorite with fans in Puerto Rico recently but now she has explained precisely why WWE wanted her to join up with Legado del Fantasma on the main roster.
Prior to Legado del Fantasma joining the main roster, the group consisted of Santos Escobar, Cruz Del Toro, Joaquin Wilde, and Elektra Lopez. However, Lopez remained on the NXT roster after the call-up and she was quickly replaced by Zelina Vega.
Speaking to former WWE writer Freddie Prinze Jr. on Wrestling With Freddie, Zelina Vega explained why she didn’t think Santos Escobar needed her in the group but revealed that WWE had their reasons for the pairing:
“I was like, ‘He doesn’t need me, though.’ He’s a great wrestler and a great promo. Why does he need me? The way it was explained to me was, ‘the group is new to the main roster, you’re very known by the SmackDown audience, by putting him with you, people are like, what’s this about? We know her to be the heel manager, we know her to be the heel wrestler, if she’s introducing them, that means that’s what they’re about.’
“It was really just to help make the transition for the fans easier to go, ‘that’s who they are.’ I was like, ‘Okay.’ Since then, it’s evolved so much. I didn’t really do all that much talking, to be honest. It’s evolved so much since now.”
That evolution has seen Legado del Fantasma team up with Rey Mysterio as the revived LWO, something that Vega thinks is a dream come true:
“Being with Rey, first of all, dream come true, what the hell. Eight year old Thea is like, ‘what is life?’ Now, having Rey on our side, and having LWO be a thing again, it’s crazy. Especially because Rey is like, ‘you’re the first female member of LWO ever.’ It’s crazy. We’re wrestlers in a team, not me managing wrestlers.”