WWE Rumors: Original plans for the Smackdown General Manager's position revealed
Former WWE Superstar Santino Marella had an interview with Main Event Radio recently. He spoke about a possible WWE return and revealed that a return was on the cards when the talks of the Smackdown Live General Manager were underway. The role eventually was filled in by Daniel Bryan.
“There was a discussion with WWE of me taking on a non-wrestling role. I thought it was going to be Smackdown GM, but I guess they decided to give it to someone else but that's fine. If I did go back now it would have to be on a one-day a week schedule, and I could probably swing that,” Marella said.
In another interview, Santino stated career ended when his spine was affected by Rusev’s camel clutch during a match between the two. He had announced his retirement at a Toronto house show on July 6th, 2014, which was in front of his hometown fans. Along with two other wrestlers, Santino opened a multi-use facility and gym in Mississauga, Ontario known as "Battle Arts Academy".
His last appearance with WWE was on the Slammy Awards episode of Raw and the episode of Smackdown, which was taped the next night. On Raw, he presented the Slammy Award for the LOL! Moment Of The Year:
Santino also had a one-night feud with Stardust and The Ascension the next night on Smackdown:
Daniel Bryan was a fan favourite when he was a wrestler and has maintained his popularity in his role as the Smackdown Live General Manager. In fact, his appearances itself are minimal on episodes of Smackdown Live and only happen when the need arises. He is more featured onTalking Smack – the follow-up show to Smackdown Live.
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