In an interview with Fightful, Santino Marella talked about a 'potential' return to the wrestling scene. It seems nothing will come of it. “Well, once I opened Battle Arts, you’re there seven days a week, right? So it wasn’t even much of a choice.
I was coaching, taking my judo athletes to tournaments on the weekends, putting on shows, kid’s birthday parties. I was working seven days a week, actually. I was doing some commentary for the World Judo Tour and helping out with [Destiny] and stuff like that.
So anyway, I ended up being more busy than I ever was in WWE and so that was one of the reasons. Then COVID happened and so now I have business partners. So the load is a lot lighter and I moved up north. So now that I’m able to come out and go do some stuff.
The stuff I go do now, I have fun again”. - he said, as quoted by pwmania.com He is no longer focused on his career, but wrestling is still his great love, and he wants to remain part of the story. “No, I don’t really have a whole lot of interest in wrestling too much, to be honest.
I enjoy doing commentary and maybe in the future you’ll see me somewhere as a color commentator, producer or something like that. My wrestling days are definitely behind me in terms of a career. I do it for fun. But I’ve got two small kids at home and I’m staying home and enjoying that as much as possible”.
Marella is currently focused on his health, but he also has major problems with injuries. “Yeah, I had neck surgery. No, I don’t wrestle very much, to be honest. Recently it’s been a lot of local Canadian stuff.
I do like to get out and do stuff in Canada. I couldn’t do this on a full time basis, that’s for sure. I have back issues and neck issues. But I am pretty meticulous with my rehab—sorry, ‘pre-hab.’ A lot of stretching, hydration, inversion, strengthening my neck. I train like twice a day. Health is wealth, right? I just want to be as healthy as possible”.