During IMPACT Wrestling's Hard to Kill 2023 pay-per-view, former WWE Superstar Santino Marella made an appearance and announced he was the new interim Director of Authority while Scott D'Amore is currently at home waiting to recover from the fact that Bully Ray crashed him into a table during a weekly episode.
Now, many are wondering how it is possible that Santino Marella can use that name at IMPACT and the answer is given by Mike Johnson of PWInsider who specifies that WWE has expired the patent on that brand, therefore D'Amore's company has the allowed to use it from December 19, 2022.
Johnson also confirmed that Santino has signed a contract with IMPACT, so now we need to understand how long he will remain in that role and if he will subsequently be able to enter the ring to fight or not. On the official website of the company you can read the following words: “Tonight at Hard To Kill, it was revealed that Santino Marella is the new director of IMPACT Wrestling.
This is after IMPACT Executive Vice President Scott D'Amore was viciously assaulted by Bully Ray on a recent episode of IMPACT. Marella wasted no time putting his authority to good use as he restarted the match for the Digital Media Title after Moose cheated to defeat Hendry.
In their second fight of the night, Hendry finally won to remain Digital Media Champion”.
Santino Marella is a WWE Legend
In April 2022, during an interview, Santino Marella had spoken of his desire, namely to return to WWE, but this time not to fight in the ring, but to sit at the commentary table.
“I'm a wrestling coach. Now, I'm mostly making comments. I do commentary for Destiny Wrestling, PTW in Poland, a company in Montreal, MEW. Basically, I'm just trying to get more reps. I did a little bit for IMPACT as well, and eventually, I want to go to WWE in some commentator capacity”.
Recall that his daughter is currently under contract with WWE for NXT, even if she is on hiatus to recover from an operation following an injury. Beth Phoenix and Santino Marella joined forces back in 2008, almost immediately after Phoenix lost the WWE Women's Championship to Mickie James.
"We had a lot of awesome adventures together as a tandem. Where Santino would do everything in his power to get me to laugh. He contributed so much to making me look dominant as a performer. Probably my favorite time in my career."