“Vince Had This Idea” – Anthony Carelli Reveals How Santino Marella Was Born in WWE

Published 07/30/2021, 2:13 PM EDT


Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Anthony Carelli spoke to Renee Paquette about his WWE debut. It was on a Monday Night Raw, and that’s the day Santino Marella came to being.

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He revealed that it was Vince’s idea to bring him down from the audience after he issues an open challenge to anybody who was working with WWE Developmental.

“Vince had this idea for someone to come out of the audience in Italy because RAW was in Milan. He’s like there anybody in developmental that is Italian, an Italian heritage, somebody that can speak Italian?” It’s Bucci (Mike Bucci), and he said, ‘Your background is Italian, right.’ I said, ‘Yeah.’ He said, ‘Can you speak Italian?’”

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Now, Carelli may not have known much Italian, but he remembered Dusty Rhodes’ advice. It was that if WWE ever asked if he can do anything, the answer is always yes and later learn how to do it. So when they asked if he knew Italian, he said yes.

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Anthony Carelli thought the segment wouldn’t proceed as expected

When the show started, Anthony was in the audience. Unfortunately, he wasn’t close enough for Vince to see him. In fact, he thought the segment wasn’t going to proceed as required because Vince couldn’t see him. Little did he know that it was going to be the night of he debuted!

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“The show started. They brought me to my seat. It was the first segment I think, or maybe a couple segments in. When Vince’s music hit, they (the crowd) rushed the barricade and now I was six or seven people back. I thought he wouldn’t see me. Once he started talking, they filtered back to the seats. He introduced Umaga.”

‘They run up again, and now I’m eight people back. They slowly filtered back as security told them to go back to their seats. He issues the open challenge…  He saw me and it worked out.”

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Prior to the event, Anthony Carelli bought a pack of Italian and drank coffee to absorb as much Italian he could. He knew that this was his chance to make an impression, and he did everything he could to make it work.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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