Santino Marella made name for himself in WWE during the late 2000s to early 2010s, where he was largely booked as a comedic character. Marella got over in no time, thanks to his exaggerated Italian accent, his unibrow and perfect comedic timing. He eventually left WWE and is now a part of Impact Wrestling. He can also use his ring name for a good reason.

During Impact Wrestling’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view, Santino Marella made his shocking appearance at the event, as he confronted Moose after the former Impact World Champion used unfair means to beat Impact Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry.

Santino Marella revealed himself as the new Director of Authority and restarted the match, which helped Hendry pick up the win. Impact Wrestling took to its Instagram and officially announced Marella’s signing. He is now officially with the company.

While speaking on “The Dave Van Auken Show,” Santino Marella revealed how he is able to use his ring name outside WWE. It turns out that WWE did not renew the Santino Marella trademark.


Scott [D’Amore], as a habit, when he gets former WWE guys, he goes and checks the trademarks,” Marella revealed. “Just has a habit, and he found in 2021 WWE did not renew the Santino Marella trademark. So, Scott jumped on it. Impact Wrestling now owns the Santino Marella trademark. So, that’s why a lot of people, when I came out and said, ‘I am Santino Marella,’ they were like, ‘Woah, how is he able to use that?'”

We will have to wait and see how Santino Marella fares as the new Director of Authority in Impact Wrestling. Nonetheless, fans are certainly glad to see Marella in a pro wrestling company again.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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