Santino Speaks on Fans Taking Him Seriously, Maria/Beth and More

Nick Paglino


WWE Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella recently participated in an interview with New Zealand’s NZPWI. Below are some excerpts:

The Santino Marella character: “It evolved very naturally. You know, they say every good character, the real person must be there. Like â<80><9c>Stone Coldâ<80> Steve Austin, Undertaker, Batistaâ<80>¦ you meet these people, you realise man, this is like the guy on TV. And, thatâ<80><99>s like me! Big mouth!” You can read the entire interview if you click here.

When asked if it was frustrating playing a comedy character: “Nope. Not at all. I have an intense Judo background, and when the time is right, and Iâ<80><99>m able to unleash my skills, people are going to accept it, they have to accept it, because itâ<80><99>s real.”

On working with Maria and Beth Phoenix: “Ah, both girls are very professional, both girls are chicks, you know, they come with their goods and bads, they a little bit crazy, but, you got to love them, you know? You canâ<80><99>t live with them, canâ<80><99>t live without them, right?”

His pick for his opponent at Cyber Sunday: “Oh, good question! You see I have some unfinished business with Roddy â<80><9c>The Piperâ<80> but I would like to smash the Honky Tonky Man because Iâ<80><99>m gonna beat his record. What better to pair it up with, than to beat him as well?”

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