Impact Wrestling has been on an upward curve recently, having put behind a fresh bout of troubles and focusing on the future. Apparently, this development also involves the company trying to register the trademark for the name of former WWE superstar Santino Marella, who seems on his way to the promotion.
Anthem Wrestling Exhibitions, LLC (via attorney Michael Dockins) submitted a trademark application for the name Santino Marella on December 19. Anthony Carelli was the man behind the persona for WWE, but with the trademark having expired in 2021, the door was open for Impact to acquire it.
It is described as follows by Wrestling News:
“IC 041. US 100 101 107. G & S: Entertainment in the nature of wrestling contests; Entertainment services, namely, wrestling exhibits and performances by a professional wrestler and entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, live appearances by a a professional wrestler and sports entertainer; Entertainment services, namely, personal appearances by a professional wrestler and sports entertainment personality; Entertainment services, namely, televised appearances by a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality; Providing wrestling news and information via a global computer network; Providing online interviews featuring a professional wrestling and sports entertainment personality in the field of professional wrestling and sports entertainment for entertainment purposes.”
This also means that Marella is on his way to Impact soon, although in what capacity is unknown. He is mostly retired from in-ring action, and he runs the Battlearts wrestling school in Toronto, while his daughter Ariana Grace is signed with WWE.
Impact Wrestling Wants Mandy Rose
When assessing the ongoing saga of Mandy Rose, Deonna Purrazzo believes that WWE’s loss could be Impact Wrestling’s gain. In an interview with Metro, “The Virtuosa” can envision a scenario in the future when the former “WWE NXT” Women’s Champion could become her next Impact rival.
“I’m gonna open the door and welcome her in,” she said. “I think that the Mandy Rose that came to NXT a year and a half, almost two years ago, to the Mandy Rose we see today has been a complete evolution of Mandy Rose. To see her in a different light and on a different platform, and see what else she can do without the WWE confines, is going to reinvent her again.” Purrazzo, herself a former WWE wrestler, stated she’s never met Rose, adding that “we just know of each other and things like that but I think she’s a frickin’ star.” She added that if Rose wanted to continue her pursuit of wrestling, she would find a more welcoming environment in Scott D’Amore’s promotion.