SANTINO MARELLA DEVELOPMENTAL
Name
Santino Marella
Real Name
Anthony Carelli
Date of Birth
March 14, 1979
Place of Birth
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Hometown
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Debut
2003
Kevin Steen
When you sign a developmental contract with WWE, more often than not, you're going to be spending a good amount of time in training and not on television. Of course, when you have the experience that Kevin Steen has, the wait is a lot shorter. The former ROH Heavyweight Champion, who is now going by the name of Kevin Owens, is scheduled to make his debut on December 11, 2014 at the Takeover: R Evolution event.
November 22, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Reports have surfaced that WWE intends on having Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi continue working as a tag team. A possible tag title run is being discussed. However, this might lead to some problems, as one of the things that Devitt reportedly requested when he signed his contract was that he not be forced to stay in developmental for too long of a period. Devitt feels that he has enough international experience to be qualified for the main roster.
November 22, 2014
Bo Dallas
When WWE decided to kill his push, Bo Dallas was understandably concerned about his spot on the roster. He is in even more jeopardy now, as reports have surfaced that Dallas has suffered an injury to his foot. He is said to need about two months off the road to recover. During that time frame, management might push someone else or even bring up a developmental wrestler in his place.
November 3, 2014
Aksana
During a recent interview, Maxine revealed something very interesting that took place backstage in WWE. She stated that while she was working in the developmental program, she pitched an idea to management about her character and story line. About a day later, Maxine noticed that Aksana had been given that very gimmick that she had pitched to company officials.
October 31, 2014
Alexa Bliss
A lot of eyes stay focused on the developmental program in WWE because that is usually where the next star will come from. The latest person to be viewed as the next one to be elevated to the main roster is Alexa Bliss. The diva has impressed management over the last couple of weeks, and some are even saying that she has moved past Ashley Flair in line. She is already ahead of Bayley and Sasha Banks at the moment.
October 29, 2014
Undertaker
Good news for wrestling fans who hope that the Undertaker remains in the industry in some sort of capacity after retirement. The legendary performer has agreed to work as an adviser for the WWE developmental program. He will make the occasional trip to the WWE Performance Center and provide evaluations and advice to the performers and the trainers.
October 24, 2014
Bret Hart
Some interesting stuff came out of a recent interview that Mark Henry did with Newsday. The former world heavyweight champion revealed that he met Rock in Canada while he was playing professional football. Henry was up there training with Bret Hart and his family. Henry recruited Rock into joining WWE with him. While they were in developmental, the two of them even shared an apartment.
October 11, 2014
Maria Kanellis
Friday was a big day for Maria Kanellis. She is now a married woman. For those of you that do not know, her husband is ROH star Mike Bennett, whom she has been dating for approximately three years now. There were talks of WWE bringing him into their developmental program a while back, but nothing has surfaced since then, so the belief is that the ship has sailed on that.
October 11, 2014
Nick Dinsmore
Nick Dinsmore has been released by WWE yet again. This time, though, he was functioning as a trainer for the developmental program. Dinsmore, who formerly wrestled for the company as Eugene, spent a year with the company, and the belief is that management opted not to renew his contract once it expired. Some are saying that this move was done for budgetary reasons.
October 2, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
Reports have surfaced that Prince Devitt and Kenta Kobayashi are going to be promoted to the main roster very soon. The two of them are established international stars, and management is not going to have them languishing in the developmental program. WWE knows that the promotion might upset some of the guys that have been in WWE NXT for a while, but it is a move that they want to do.
September 30, 2014
Prince Devitt
Since WWE likes to own the copyright to the names of their performers, most everyone is given a new moniker when they sign a contract. Prince Devitt is no exception. The international star will now be using the name Finn Balor while he works through the developmental phase. Depending on how fans react to the name, Devitt will more than likely be bringing that name with him to the main roster.
September 25, 2014
Ashley Flair
Earlier this month, it was revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25,000 a year. It has now been discovered that the amount is only for the male performers. The divas in WWE NXT, such as Ashley Flair, Bayley and Sasha Banks, are paid $50,000 a year, which is twice as much. The reasoning behind that is because management feels that the girls have more expenses in maintaining their looks.
September 18, 2014
Darren Young
While the hot rumors are pointing to Darren Young being eventually revealed by WWE as the man underneath the bunny suit, a lot of fans have been wondering who has been portraying the character on television as of late. Reports have surfaced that developmental wrestler Sami Zayn has been the one in the suit. He apparently portrayed the character on Monday Night Raw and at live events.
September 17, 2014
Triple H
Professional wrestling and football have long had a connection, as a lot of players from the gridiron have successfully made the switch to the squared circle. Triple H wants that tradition to continue, so WWE is now targeting more football players to join their developmental program. While there are a couple of guys already on the roster with athletic backgrounds, the company is looking for guys with more name value. WWE is also willing to pay these guys more money than the wrestlers.
September 15, 2014
Adrian Neville
Yesterday, it was revealed that a couple of the WWE NXT performers have been booked for upcoming episodes of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. Some further details have now been reported. Sami Zayn and Tyler Breeze are only booked for a couple of weeks, while Adrian Neville, who is currently the heavyweight champion in developmental, is scheduled until the end of October.
September 14, 2014
Adrian Neville
Last week, wrestling fans were dazzled by Adrian Neville, Sami Zayn, Tyler Breeze and Tyson Kidd during a tag team match on Monday Night Raw. You can expect more of that in the near future, as the WWE NXT stars are being booked for more television appearances. Reports have surfaced that Triple H is the one pushing management to feature the developmental wrestlers more frequently.
September 13, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
When he finally signed a developmental contract with WWE, many fans were under the impression that Kenta Kobayashi might be one of the rare exceptions who get to keep using their names. However, management opted against that and changed his name to Hideo Itami. The reason fro WWE doing this is because they want to be able to own the rights to the name in case he becomes a big star and leaves someday.
September 12, 2014
Kenta Kobayashi
It has now been revealed that WWE pays their developmental wrestlers approximately $25000 a year. There's usually a two or three year commitment involved as well. An established guy like Kenta Kobayashi may be receiving a higher salary, however. The average amount is definitely less than what some of these guys with name value can make on the independent wrestling circuit.
September 11, 2014
Ashley Flair
There are rumors floating around that a title change could be taking place in WWE NXT very soon. Bayley might be given the women's title during the middle part of September. Reports are floating around that Ashley Flair is on the verge of being given a promotion to the main roster in about a month, so she would need to drop the belt to someone else in developmental.
August 28, 2014
Kevin Steen
After finishing off his commitments, Kevin Steen has now officially reported for duty with WWE. The former ROH champion posted on Twitter that it was his first day at the WWE Performance Center. While he is viewed as one of the best performers on the independent wrestling circuit, the belief is that management will keep him in developmental, so he can simplify his in ring style to suit the audience.
August 25, 2014
Santino Marella
Fans who tune into the next episode of Monday Night Raw will get an opportunity to see Santino Marella making his return to WWE. However, it is not the long rumored permanent one. The former Intercontinental Champion has been asked to make an appearance, so that he can promote his new movie with Larry the Cable Guy, who also happens to be the guest host of Raw. Marella is still working on making an official comeback some time in 2015.
November 21, 2014
Santino Marella
As many fans already know, Santino Marella is retired and wants to make a return to WWE next year. He is one step closer to that goal, as his physician has cleared him medically to start training his upper body after recovering from a severe neck injury. The former Intercontinental Champion stated that he is going to check his ego in at the door and start training from the very beginning. For what it's worth, WWE officials are said to be interested and open to the idea of Marella coming back.
November 3, 2014
Santino Marella
While he no longer is burdened with the hectic WWE schedule, Santino Marella has kept himself busy. In addition to running his own wrestling school, the former Intercontinental Champion has made great strides in his personal life. It has now been revealed that Marella is now engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Anna Babij, who happens to do a little bit of fitness modeling.
October 8, 2014
Santino Marella
By now, a lot of people are aware that Santino Marella is in the process of trying to make a comeback to professional wrestling after being forced to retire due to a severe neck injury. The former Intercontinental Champion has now revealed that he hopes to be able to make a return to WWE in about six months. The belief is that the door is open for him to come back since management views his comedic routine as an asset.
September 26, 2014
Santino Marella
Feeling like he did not want to be forced out of the ring, Santino Marella is already working on making a comeback. The belief is that WWE wants that return to happen in their ring. The company still believes Marella to be an asset, as evident by the fact that they gave him a new three year contract a couple of months ago. No time frame has been given for the Marella return yet.
August 18, 2014
Santino Marella
It looks like Santino Marella isn't quite ready to give up on his in ring career just yet. The former Intercontinental Champion stated that he will be undergoing surgery to repair his neck. Marella also stated that he is going to make a comeback attempt after spending a couple of months in recovery. He did not mention WWE specifically, but the belief is that the company has left the door open for him.
August 14, 2014
Santino Marella
Since he is smart enough to know that a career in WWE doesn't last forever, Seth Rollins has wisely decided to prepare for life after his career as an in ring performer is over. The former Shield member has partnered up with an independent wrestler to start a wrestling school in Moline, Illinois. It is called the Black and Brave Wrestling Academy. Santino Marella recently did the same thing before being forced to retire from WWE due to neck injuries.
July 16, 2014
Adam Rose
Rumors are floating around right now that Adam Rose is expected to replace Santino Marella as the comedy routine on Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. However, those reporting on the speculation are failing to remember that Damien Sandow actually owns that role in WWE at the moment. Management is still not sold on Rose, so the chances of him being moved above Sandow isn't very high at the moment.
July 11, 2014
Santino Marella
Since he was given time to address the audience at a live event over the weekend, many were under the impression that Santino Marella was going to be given a segment on Monday Night Raw to let the fans know of his decision to retire from WWE, especially since he was backstage at the show. Management, however, felt that it was not the right time for such a thing. No word yet on whether or not Marella will get to say farewell to his fans on television.
July 8, 2014
Colt Cabana
"Comedy wrestling is not easy. Santino Marella is one of my favorite wrestlers to watch. sad he's leaving the ring, but happy he made me smile." - Colt Cabana on Santino Marella being forced to retire from WWE due to another neck injury
July 7, 2014
Santino Marella
When he announced his sudden decision to retire, Santino Marella teased WWE fans that he might be taking over as the new general manager of Monday Night Raw and Smackdown. While the role is vacant due to the departure of Vickie Guerrero from the company, there has been no confirmation of what Marella is claiming. The belief is that he was simply teasing the audience at this point.
July 7, 2014
Santino Marella
During a WWE live event in Toronto, Santino Marella announced to the fans in attendance that he has decided to retire from professional wrestling as an in ring performer. He revealed that he has suffered yet another neck injury and has decided that it would not be safe for his long term health to keep wrestling. Since he recently signed a long term contract extension with WWE, there is a chance that Marella could remain with the company in another capacity.
July 6, 2014
Santino Marella
During a recent interview, Santino Marella informed the media of something that wrestling observers were already aware of. His in ring career is winding down soon. The former WWE Intercontinental Champion did leave open the possibility of staying with the company as an on screen character or as a host of a WWE Network show. To his credit, Marella has also prepared for life after the ring by opening up a wrestling school.
July 2, 2014
Santino Marella
Those that watched Monday Night Raw this week saw an in show commercial being aired for Twisted Tea that featured Santino Marella and Adam Rose. Several of the WWE stars also posted messages on Twitter about the adult beverage. The move is viewed as being quite interesting because the company has spent years shifting their attention towards a younger audience. This product does not necessarily fit that demographic.
July 1, 2014
Santino Marella
One of the reasons why Santino Marella worked a segment with Jack Swagger and Zeb Colter on Monday Night Raw this week was because Emma was overseas. WWE sent the diva to her home country of Australia to do some promotional work for an upcoming tour. Management really does not have a long term plan for Santino and Emma, but they like utilizing the two of them on television together.
June 11, 2014
Jimmy Uso
As is usually the case with every pay per view, you can expect WWE to do last minute additions to the Extreme Rules 2014 match card. Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Curtis Axel and Ryback are expected to get the seventh match on the card. If WWE needs another filler match, then Emma, Santino Marella, Layla El and Fandango are the top candidates for that spot.
April 27, 2014
Santino Marella
A picture of Emma and Santino Marella doing an Ultimate Warrior tribute. The on screen WWE couple is wearing shirts with Warrior's logo on there.
April 24, 2014
Santino Marella
A picture of Santino Marella with Mr T during Wrestlemania 30 weekend.
April 20, 2014
Santino Marella
In order to fill up the arena, WWE is giving away tickets to Wrestlemania 30. Santino Marella and Emma, who have been working together on Monday Night Raw over the past several weeks, were sent around New Orleans to hand them out to lucky fans. WWE is even promoting it through YouTube, in order to drum up even more excitement for the pay per view.
April 4, 2014
Sin Cara
WWE has announced that the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal will consists of Alberto Del Rio, Big E Langston, Big Show, Brodus Clay, Christian, Cody Rhodes, Damien Sandow, Darren Young, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre, Fandango, Goldust, Great Khali, Heath Slater, Jinder Mahal, Justin Gabriel, Kofi Kingston, Mark Henry, Miz, R Truth, Rey Mysterio, Santino Marella, Sheamus, Sin Cara, Titus ONeil and Zack Ryder. There are also four spots available for last minute entrants.
March 25, 2014