Thea Budgen, better known as Zelina Vega in the WWE Universe, dazzled gamers around the world last week when she cosplayed Loba from Apex Legends. As marvellous as it was, it left people wanting more, including everyone at GINX TV.
We reached out to her, and she responded, saying, “Then besides @AndradeCienWWE and @AngelGarzaWwe winning the @WWE RAW Tag Team Titles.... you miiiiight want to play close attention to my outfit for #SummerSlam ....it’s a cosplay.”
Then besides @AndradeCienWWE and @AngelGarzaWwe winning the @WWE RAW Tag Team Titles.... you miiiiight want to play close attention to my outfit for #SummerSlam ....it’s a cosplay.— 𝓩𝖊𝖑𝖎𝖓𝖆 𝓥𝖊𝖌𝖆 (@Zelina_VegaWWE) August 21, 2020
“Everything can be hacked… and everyone.” https://t.co/nA8seHEHBb
Thankfully, she also dropped a massive hint. “Everything can be hacked… and everyone," she said. Overwatch players immediately pointed out that she was quoting one of Sombra's voice-lines, and sure enough, they were spot on.
On WWE Summerslam, Thea marched towards the ring in character alongside her associates Andrade and Angel Garza dressed in Sombra's iconic outfit. It was perfect from head to toe, hair and make-up included.
Are we looking at the next #WWERaw#TagTeamChampions?@Zelina_VegaWWE leads @AndradeCienWWE & @AngelGarzaWwe into action against @AngeloDawkins & @MontezFordWWE RIGHT NOW at #SummerSlam!— WWE Network (@WWENetwork) August 23, 2020
It's not the first time she cosplayed while performing for the WWE. She also dressed as Vega from Street Fighter in the 2019 Royal Rumble and Sindel from Mortal Kombat in the 2020 Royal Rumble.
Needless to say, she absolutely killed it those times too. But like her other cosplays, it's more than looking the part. It's about embracing it too. Thea's character, Zelina Vega, is being accused of some horrible things on the show right now. Still, that didn’t stop her from responding in sass and style, something that would make Sombra players proud.
.@Zelina_VegaWWE, @AndradeCienWWE and @AngelGarzaWwe want to focus less on "rumors" and more on tonight's #WWERaw Tag Team Title Match against The #StreetProfits. #SummerSlampic.twitter.com/R67IYl9ESn— WWE (@WWE) August 23, 2020
It seems like Zelina Vega and Sombra have a lot in common as characters. But Thea Budgen, who is a dedicated gamer and streamer herself, has a connection to Sombra too. Like Loba Andrade from Apex Legends and Sombra from Overwatch, Thea is also a badass Latina woman. Loba is Portuguese, Sombra is Mexican, and Thea, whose maiden name is Trinidad, is of Puerto Rican descent.
The main difference, however, is that she isn't a thief or a hacker. Instead, she is a hugely successful and multi-talented pro-wrestler, actress, model, gamer, and streamer. Thea Budgen is an asset to the gaming community and her relationship with gamers and fans is getting stronger every day.
If you want to see what makes her so great, you can catch her on Twitch alongside her husband and fellow WWE Superstar, Tom Budgen, better known as Aleister Black. The two of them are as entertaining on stream as they are in the wrestling ring.