Santino Marella Talks WWE Not Extending His Contract, Aspirations to Pursue Acting, Fan Treatment

Former WWE Superstar Santino Marella was recently a guest on Main Event Radio earlier this week. You can check out some highlights form the conversation here:



On the WWE not wanting to extend his contract:

“Because I was off with my injury, they had the option to extend my contract for as long as I was off. At first they were going to do that and be extended until 2017, and instead they decided not to invoke their clause and have my contract expire in June 2016. And that was it. They treated me and my family really well. It was a weird day. I was about to leave on a trip to Florida with my wife and I saw the office calling. That was it; the run came to an end.”

On his aspirations to act:

“I’m a really good actor. I think I could do tons of different roles. It’s about having the opportunity to make these relationships with the right people and show them what you could do. I wouldn’t mind doing one of those roles with me as a single dad with a little daughter in a romantic company.”

On how fans treat him after retiring from the ring:

“People come up to me in public all the time and say it isn’t the same without me. It’s all the time that I hear this. Must be something to it that people are missing you. I was the real people’s champion. I came from the audience, 5’10, not overly muscular. I see a lot of kids looking up to me. Every dog can have its day, miracles can happen. People related to it, they can visualize themselves as seeing anything being possible.”

(All transcribed quotes courtesy of Wrestling Inc.)

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