WWE has released Zeda (Pronounced: Zay-dah) — real name Julia Ho — from her developmental contract, according to a report on Saturday by Squared Circle Sirens.
Zeda was apparently informed of her release on Friday as she did a post on Instagram hyping last night’s NXT live event in Sebring, Florida.
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Then last night, she posted a photo with a caption reading: “Now time for a new chapter.”
This morning, she tweeted “I’ll be back,” a famous line from WWE Hall of Famer Arnold Schwarzenegger in the Terminator movie franchise.
— Zeda (@Zeda_WWE) June 2, 2018
In the comments section for her latest Instagram post, Zeda confirmed her release in response to a fan and said that she has plans to continue wrestling.
The fan wrote, “Read that you had been released today. Gutted. I hope you continue to pursue wrestling on the independent circuit. Whatever you do best of luck to you.”
She responded, “Thank you for the kind words and yes I will continue to pursue wrestling ☺️ stay tuned.”
Zeda joined the WWE Performance Center in January 2017 after trying out for the sports-entertainment organization in September 2016. Prior to arriving in Orlando, Florida, she received wrestling training under the likes of The Brian Kendrick and fighting tutelage at the Black House MMA in Los Angeles, California.
After making her in-ring debut in May 2017 in a battle royal at an NXT live event, Zeda entered the inaugural Mae Young Classic, a global 32-woman tournament. She lost to Shayna Baszler in the first round.
Although Zeda’s hometown is Richmond, Virginia, she represented China in the global 32-woman tournament. In this video, Zeda talked about how she overcame hardships to become one of the competitors in Mae Young Classic.
Following the tournament, Zeda continued working live events and she made her NXT TV debut on September 6, 2017, in a loss to Sonya Deville. In her next TV appearance, she worked a 17-Superstar NXT Women’s Championship Qualifying Battle Royal in October but got sidelined the following month due to an elbow injury. She returned to action in February but WWE stopped using her at events within a few weeks.