Re: What happened to Santino Marella?
He's been a comedy character from day 1 in WWE. I don't remember his debut well, I know he won the IC title from Umaga when Lashley kicked Umaga's ass, and he was a plant in the crowd, but if there was no signs of comedy during that night, it was probably just because it was the appropriate way to introduce him, a heartfelt story for his so called "home country" crowd. The comedy started immediately thereafter, with him just being a bumbling idiot. He's been a goofball for years, this wasn't a random change like Tensai where he just becomes a comedy babyface out of nowhere.
The Russian MMA gimmick, Boris Alexiev probably would've given him a higher ceiling (as there's not much of a ceiling lower than Santino Marella), but Vince refused to use the gimmick because Heyman came up with it and they've had an on and off working relationship for years.
Originally Posted by Mister Saint Laurent on Xavier Woods' Gimmick
Man, talk about giving a guy nothing to work with. Imagine you've been called up to tv and they basically say to you "You're well educated. (which apparently because of your skin color means that this is an incredible thing.) We can't believe that someone with your skin color has the level of education that you have, so your gimmick is just gonna be that we put you on tv and brag that you went to school. Cause that's basically the gimmick that they gave him, how much more racist could his gimmick have been? Am I missing something here? What was the reason that the people were supposed to get behind him, other than the company just saying "phht, well, he's...in school".