WWE star Zelina Vega has spoken to Yahoo Sports to promote WWE’s return to Madison Square Garden tonight for Smackdown. The event comes a day before the 20th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, a date Vega is directly linked to due to the death of her father in the attacks on the World Trade Center.
As such, it will be a hectic weekend for Vega. The day after Smackdown, she will also participate in reading the names of those who died in the attacks the next day in Manhattan, which she considers a duty to represent her father.
“I feel a sense of honor, a sense of pride,” Vega said. “Obviously we have a choice whether we want to read the names or not and I thought it was the appropriate year to do so. I’ve done it once before, when I was 13, and it was a huge responsibility for someone so young. I also felt that I had a duty to represent my father. I feel the same for the 20th anniversary. “
Vega, who returned to WWE earlier this year, also spoke of working in the garden, a building she frequented as a child with her father to watch wrestling matches. She thinks this Smackdown will be an incredible time for her given her past, and she intends to figure it all out.
“It’s weird because every time I’ve played at Madison Square Garden I’ve looked for where we usually go,” Trinidad said. “I don’t know how my dad got as many tickets as he did, but my brother and I were able to spot where we were going to sit. [Tonight] is going to be one of those times where I’m going to have to take it for a second because through all the noise and everything that’s going on, I just have to figure it out. “