10 things fans should know about Santino Marella
Santino Marella, for all intents and purposes, was just a comedy wrestler in WWE, with him set up with some of the worst content imaginable, despite managing to turn it into gold on more than one occasion. After countless memorable moments, he became perhaps the greatest comedic wrestler in WWE history.
With him gaining a huge following over the years, there are some things people should know, especially if they’ve just found out about his weird and goofy career. Whether it’s titles, unbeatable records or other facts about him and his career, there are important things to know.
ten Santino Marella is not Italian
From her bombastic opera-style entrance song, to her Italian color scheme on both her titantron and her ring, to her real Italian-sounding last name (which is Carelli), to her Italian accent on the screen, Marella is not really Italian.
Marella was born in Ontario, Canada, on a completely different continent than Italy. This isn’t the first or last time WWE has charged a wrestler from a place where they weren’t actually born, which has happened multiple times over the years.
9 In the 2011 Royal Rumble, Santino Marella came second
Santino Marella had a lot of embarrassing moments during his WWE tenure. From Grand Khali trying to kiss him to Snoop Dog’s clothesline at WrestleMania, he’s been the butt of plenty of jokes. It may therefore come as a shock to some people to know that he came second in the 2011 Royal Rumble.
In 2011, Marella was hit by Sheamus, causing her to roll under the bottom rope and out of the ring. After the ring cleared with Alberto Del Rio thinking he had won, the comedian re-entered the match and won nearly everything, in what would have been the biggest upset in Rumble history. However, Marella would soon be expelled.
8 Santino Marella won the Battle Royal “Miss WrestleMania”
At WrestleMania 25, the women’s division was represented in a battle royal to determine the first-ever “Miss WrestleMania”. It seemed to be built as a pretty big achievement, but something was wrong – there was an unfamiliar looking Diva in the ring.
It turned out to be Santino Marella in the guise of ‘Santina Marella’, winning the match and claiming to be his own twin sister over the next few months, becoming the central part of the Divas division in one of the darkest months. for women. wrestling in WWE.
seven Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards Santino Marella Best Gadget Award
Although most of Marella’s time in WWE was full of silly gossip and comedy, he was actually a terrific heel throughout 2007 and 2008, especially during his second reign as Intercontinental Champion. .
He was cocky, arrogant, while also being hilarious. His relationship with Beth Phoenix and the “Honk-A-Meter” gimmick earned him the privilege of being awarded “Best Gimmick” but WON, proving it’s worth looking back on.
6 Santino Marella was featured as a fan
After spending time in FCW, Marella was introduced to the WWE Universe in one of the most unique ways in history. During an episode of Raw that took place in Milan, Vince McMahon picked him from the crowd to fight Intercontinental Champion, Umaga.
Following interference from Bobby Lashley, Marella shockingly won the match and became Intercontinental Champion, despite being billed as a fan. He claimed to be Italian but wanted to come to the United States to pursue his dream of becoming a WWE Superstar.
5 Santino Marella is a multiple-time WWE Champion
Although Marella was often at the bottom of the chart and resigned to comedy segments during his career, he ended up a very accomplished individual, earning more than most of the thousands who competed under the banner. of WWE.
Marella is a two-time Intercontinental Champion, once United States Champion and once Tag Team Champion, alongside Vladimir Koslov, which is a very impressive resume for someone who wasn’t always taken seriously.
4 Santino Marella is now a judo and professional wrestling coach
Finding a career after professional wrestling isn’t always the easiest thing to do, but getting into training new wrestlers is usually a good way to keep working. It is not only professional wrestling that Marella teaches, but also judo, given that he has a background in this field.
He is the founder of the Battle Arts Academy, based in Canada, and he is also the ambassador of Judo Canada.
3 NXT’s Arianna Grace is the daughter of Santino Marella
Arianna Grace is a competitor on NXT 2.0 – WWE’s revamped developmental brand. Although she has been wrestling since 2020, Grace has appeared in less than 20 matches, which still makes her a rookie.
She hasn’t done much in NXT yet, but the second-generation star has a great example of what makes a great sports entertainer out of her dad.
2 Santino Marella is the only man to compete in the Women’s Royal Rumble
Marella has more than one record when it comes to the Royal Rumble match, and one of them is that he is the only male competitor to compete in the Women’s Royal Rumble Match, which started in 2018.
Under the controversial ‘Santina Marella’ gimmick, he exited in 29th position in the 2020 Women’s Rumble match, before facing former rival Beth Phoenix and then proceeding with his elimination from the match, possibly as a way of official farewell to this. bad era of wrestling for female WWE stars.
1 Santino Marella holds the record for shortest time spent in a Royal Rumble
For two decades, The Warlord held a record that seemed never to be broken, going just 2 seconds in the 1989 Royal Rumble match before being eliminated.
In 2009, Marella came out and entered the match, only to be kicked out immediately by Kane, going 1.9 seconds in the Rumble match and breaking a record that has stood since, which is very impressive.