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Santino Marella Comments on Vince McMahon’s Reaction to His Gimmick, More

Santino Marella Comments on Vince McMahon’s Reaction to His Gimmick, More
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In a new interview with Chris Van Vliet (video below), Santino Marella commented on his gimmick in WWE, coming out as “Santina” at WrestleMania XXV in 2009 and lots more. You can check out some highlights from the interview below:

On being proud of his Santina run: “Oddly enough, as potentially — I mean, there were a lot of family and friends who were like, ‘Oh my god, what are they doing, there’s no coming back from this once you’ve dressed like a woman.’ But it’s actually some of my best work in terms of acting. And some of the pre-tapes we did, and my reactions and some of the subtleties I did. I really actually was proud of the work we did as Santina.”

On the gimmick only supposed to be a one-time thing: “Santina was supposed to be just a one-off thing, just at WrestleMania. But people were telling me in gorilla that Vince was pissing his pants laughing. And he loved it so much that it ended up lasting for three months.”

On his initial reaction to being told he would be doing Santina: “Well, when I was first told, I was kind of told that it would be a one-off thing. So I was like, ‘Okay, it’s gonna be funny, it’s gonna be a memorable moment. It’s a WrestleMania moment. [laughs] Probably my most significant WrestleMania moment ever, actually. And then the following week, ‘Vince wants the Santina thing again,’ and [the week after] ‘Vince wants the Santina thing again.’ Like, ‘Oh, man.’ But you know what? My philosophy has been, you give me lemons, and I’m gonna make lemonade.”

(h/t – 411 Wrestling)

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