'Monday Night Raw' star Santino Marella discusses 'WrestleMania'
As "Monday Night Raw" fans know, this Sunday is the biggest wrestling pay-per-view event of the year, WrestleMania XXVIII. In the third of a five-part Q&A with WWE superstars, U.S. champion Santino Marella talks about what the event means to him.
Q: WrestleMania is the Super Bowl of pro wrestling. Do you feel more pressure to have a good match Sunday than any other time of the year?
Yes, there is definitely more pressure. Just the sheer size of the audience is intimidating. At the same time, I am ready. I have been preparing for this moment my whole life.
Q: What is your favorite moment in WrestleMania history?
To be honest, I don’t have one favorite moment. There is Steamboat versus Macho Man, Hulk Hogan versus Andre the Giant, but it’s hard to say I have one distinct favorite moment. I definitely loved WrestleMania in the '80s.
Q: If you could transport any wrestler from history, in the prime of his career, to face you at next year's WrestleMania, who would it be and why?
Dynamite Kid or Davey Boy Smith. One of the British Bulldogs. They weren’t the biggest guys but they were so strong and athletic.
Q: If you were ever inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame one day, who is the first person you thank?
Rip Rogers. He was one of my trainers and was very influential on my style of wrestling.
Q: Twenty years from now, when people are looking back at your career, what do you hope they say?
How entertaining I was and that I never failed to bring smiles to people’s faces.
WrestleMania XXVIII is available on pay-per-view this Sunday. Contact your local cable TV or satellite provider for more information.
Photo: Santino Marella prepares to hit his devastating "Cobra strike" finisher. Credit: WWE.