UPDATED: Santino Marella Announces His In-Ring Career Is Over
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.07.2014
See video of the announcement...
UPDATE: Here is a fan-shot video of the retirement announcement:
ORIGINAL: Santino Marella revealed at the WWE house show in Toronto tonight that his in-ring career has come to an end. Marella told the live crowd that he has suffered his third neck injury and that has brought an end to the active wrestling portion of his career. He also acknowledged his Canadian roots and said he never had the chance to be introduced from Canada, since his character is billed from Italy.
Marella debuted on WWE television on April 16, 2007 by defeating Umaga for the Intercontinental Title. During his run with the company he won the IC title a second time, after which he began an unsuccessful quest to top the Honky-Tonk Man's record-breaking reign, as well as the Tag Team Titles with Vladimir Kozlov and the US Title. He was also named Miss WrestleMania, competing as Santina Marella at WrestleMania XXV. He lost that "title" to Vickie Guerrero but won it back a month later by beating Vickie and Chavo Guerrero in a handicap hog pen match.