Santino Marella Talks Finding Out He Couldn’t Wrestle Anymore & His WWE Release
Former WWE Superstar, Santino Marella recently spoke with Lilian Garcia on her Chasing Glory podcast where he reflected on not being able to wrestle anymore. Below are some highlights with a H/T to WrestlingInc.com for the transcriptions.
On what he was told when his career ended:
“I knew it was coming. I saw specialists years ago that said you don’t need surgery yet. I had heard it at University; it had affected my judo career as well. The whole career I was protecting it and physio and traction and stretching it out while on the road. The flare ups got worse and they got closer together almost it got to the point where it was like, okay,” said Marella.
“Also, one time I was warming up for a match and I fell asleep in the car for a second but my neck was stiff, and I was warming up but I couldn’t move it at all. If I moved it a centimeter, it was like a nerve shot. I told a doctor that I couldn’t move my neck at all so that was it. It was at a live event. They pulled my match from the card. I couldn’t move at all, it was weird, like an electric shot.”
“I was in charge of that realization where it’s been a couple of years and I thought I was getting better and then I kind of tripped. I put my hand down and it just didn’t feel good at all,” stated Marella. “I ended up calling the WWE where I told them that I am waiting just like they are if this is going to get better but it’s not getting better and it’s been two years, so I told them that I don’t think I can wrestle anymore.
“Then we were talking about a non-wrestling role like a General Manager or something like that and that was the plan. All the time during your injury that you have, they can add that on to your contract. So, I was off for like two years and my contract would have been expired by that time but I figured, okay, I have two years because I was off for two years and that is what they told me. And then one day they called and said that they weren’t going to exercise their option to extend it so my contract will be up next month. It was crazy.”