At WrestleMania 25, the WWE held a battle royal with 25-women from promotion’s past and present. The winner was to be crowned “Miss WrestleMania” and the title went to Santina Marella, which was Santino in drag. He won the match and his character would take off from there as a comedy bit. Below are highlights of Marella’s stop at the Two Man Power Trip Of Wrestling Podcast.

Did he get heat with the divas by being Santina Marella?

“I guess the girls always have something to prove in regards to their place in the industry because they want to be viewed more and these days they are very technical and very smart, they are awesome performers but they have that unspoken association to back in the day when it was just like a hot chick so they are constantly working hard to gain respect in the industry. At that time I wasn’t making a joke out of women’s wrestling but I was in women’s wrestling and making a joke. But it wasn’t about women’s wrestling it was more about Santino. I hope the girls were able to distinguish between the two because they are an integral part of our show and they do the exact same stuff as us and they travel, they work out and take bumps they do the exact same stuff we do.”

How the cobra finisher was created?

“There was a guy who showed me this cobra move a long time ago at a bar in Japan and I just did it one time and tried it in a match and I asked John Cena to watch and tell me what he thought of it and when I came back because the crowd laughed immediately when I did it we kept it and it just took on a life of its own. It’s an entertaining move. It’s a little bit silly but the people loved it so you gotta give them what they love.”

Other topics discussed include briefly teaming with Emma, wrestlers with a private bus, John Cena as leader, and teaming with Vladimir Kozlov. To hear the entire podcast, please click here.

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