Santino Marella may be remembered as one of the funniest WWE Superstars ever but has said “my wrestling days are behind me” and he is now content in retirement and plans to remain so. Marella’s had great in-ring comic timing, and his Italian accent made him one of the most memorable characters post the Attitude Era.
However, any fans hoping for a return to action for the former Intercontinental and US Champion will be disappointed to hear that Marella is more or less done with pro wrestling. That is according to the man himself, who recently spoke to Fightful, also mentioned that he preferred doing commentary over wrestling.
“No, I don’t really have a whole lot of interest in wrestling too much, to be honest. I enjoy doing commentary and maybe in the future you’ll see me somewhere as a color commentator, producer or something like that. My wrestling days are definitely behind me in terms of a career. I do it for fun. But I’ve got two small kids at home and I’m staying home and enjoying that as much as possible.”
Marella’s last wrestled for WWE in 2014 and currently runs Battle Arts Academy as the owner and pro wrestling coach. A stint in the Fed as a commentator may be an interesting gig if he were to return to the promotion in the future.
Vince McMahon had a sense of humor about wrestlers laughing on TV, according to former WWE Superstar Santino Marella.
In a recent conversation on “The A2theK Wrestling Show,” Marella said that the former WWE chairman — whom he had a good relationship with — told the locker room that it’s okay to laugh on air. McMahon was fine with laughing on camera as long as they incorporated it into how their character would laugh at something, thus not fully breaking the show’s fourth wall.
“Vince kind of said to the locker room at the time, ‘If you laugh, it’s funny, it’s not the end of the world. But you have to laugh in the way that it’s not like you’re breaking character, but the character can laugh,'” Marella said. “There’s always a way to protect it and kind of cover it up, so to speak.”