Zelina Vega’s Whereabouts, Jose Lothario Passes Away & WWE Reacts

– On SmackDown, Rey Mysterio defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas. Missing was Zelina Vega, who is always present in the corner of Almas. 

According to PWInsider, Verga is currently dealing with the effects of a concussion. It is believed she suffered the injury after being tossed over the top rope by Nia Jax during the Evolution Battle Royal.

She is being kept off the road as a precaution, hence she is not on the current European tour. Hopefully, she will be ready to return to TV once the WWE is back in the United States.

While Almas is great worker, he found the most success in NXT once being paired with Vega. She was able to help Almas become the NXT Champion at one point. Despite not being present on SmackDown, Vega showed Almas her support through Twitter.

Sasha Banks just returned to action after suffering the affects of a concussion and Alexa Bliss has still not been cleared to compete after getting one less than a week before Evolution. 

– Wrestling legend Jose Lothario passed away at the age of 83. The NWA Hall of Famer spent decades in the pro wrestling business before retiring in 1999. Many wrestling fans might recall that he accompanied Shawn Michaels to the ring as he captured his first WWE Championship at WrestleMania 12.

Below is a statement by WWE.

Jose Lothario reportedly passes away

WWE is saddened to learn that Jose Lothario has reportedly passed away at age 83.

Despite never winning a WWE-sanctioned championship or competing at WrestleMania, Jose Lothario – born Guadalupe Robledo on Dec. 12, 1934 – made a lasting mark on the WWE Universe by simply agreeing to train a cocky teenager from San Antonio, Texas. A cocky teenager that grew up to become WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels.

Lothario helped HBK find his footing for a career between the ropes, from selecting Shawn Michaels as a ring name to teaching The Showstopper how to effectively perform the signature kick that came to be known as Sweet Chin Music. HBK soaked up every last lesson taught by Lothario, a Saturday morning staple for wrestling fans of a certain age from the Lone Star State.

“I think every young boy who lived in Texas knew who Jose Lothario was,” Michaels told WWE Magazine in 1996. “I first saw him on TV when I was 12. He was the first Superstar to come across my screen. He is a legend in San Antonio, Cuba, Mexico… just about everywhere!”

Their relationship reached the summit at WrestleMania XII, when Lothario – having helped Michaels break into the business nearly 15 years earlier – watched from ringside as HBK realized his boyhood dream of becoming WWE World Heavyweight Champion by defeating Bret “Hit Man” Hart in an unforgettable WWE 60-Minute Iron Man Match.

Of course, Lothario became an effective mentor only after establishing his well-traveled reputation as a gritty grappler. As an NWA mainstay, he helped usher in popular Mexican wrestling styles to the sports-entertainment scene in the United States. His fans knew him best as “Super Sock,” a nickname recognizing the punches Lothario used to dole out during his past experiences in boxing.

Lothario even briefly displayed his considerable talents before the WWE Universe, most notably by humbling Jim Cornette in a match at In Your House 10: Mind Games.

WWE extends its condolences to Robledo’s family, friends and fans.

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