Arianna Grace is currently one of the newest stars in the NXT women’s division. She is a second-generation wrestler, as she is Santino Marella’s daughter. Marella is also upset over WWE changing her name.

WWE has a penchant for changing up a superstar’s name for no rhyme or reason. This even happened to The Rock’s daughter, Bron Breakker and many more talents as well.

While speaking on the Monday Mailbag with Mike Chioda, Santino Marella talked about WWE changing the names of their talent. He ripped WWE for changing his daughter’s name as well as other second-generation superstars’ names.

“I wish someone could explain the logic behind it. It’s fine, if my daughter was ‘Arianna Marella,’ I don’t see a problem with that. They started that at first with Curtis Axel, Mr. Perfect’s son, but everybody knew who he was. I think there’s some equity in being the second generation, but it’s great for her too because when you’re a second or third-generation wrestler, it’s really important for them to know that they’ve earned this and they’re not just getting a free pass because of who their parents are. I remember being with Cody [Rhodes] at OVW and the worst thing you could ever say to Cody, the most hurtful thing you could ever say to him was that, ‘You don’t deserve this, you’re only here because of your dad,’. I saw someone say that to him once and I felt so bad for him. I think that’s why he always goes the extra mile, above and beyond, because without a shadow of a doubt, he knows he made it on his own merit.”


Arianna, whose real name is Bianca Carelli, signed with WWE in February of this year. She made her in-ring debut during an NXT: Level Up taping as well. We’ll have to see what WWE has in store for her.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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