WWE NXT Superstar Ariana Grace made her WWE debut in April, spending time in CCW and the NWA before deciding to follow in her father’s footsteps of pursuing the WWE dream. Many must be wondering which WWE star his father was. Well, Ariana is the daughter of former WWE comedic wrestler Santino Marella. Before joining NXT, Grace’s name was Bianca Carelli, which is her legal name.
From not allowing Braun Brecker to use the Steiner name to not allowing Ava Raine to adopt the last name she shared with her father, The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, WWE has taken descent from talent names. Have made the goal of removing and renaming the budding. Stars.
Santino Marella talks about WWE’s stance on iconic nicknames and why he disagreed with it when he was a guest “Monday Mailbag with Mike Chioda,
“I wish someone could explain the logic behind this,” Marella said. “It’s okay, if my daughter was ‘Ariana Marella,’ I don’t see a problem with it. She initially started with Mr. Perfect’s son, Curtis Axel, but everyone knew who he was. I guess that there’s some commonality to being the second generation, but it’s also great for that because when you’re a second or third generation wrestler, it’s really important for them to know that they’ve earned it and they don’t just get Doing a free pass because who are their parents.”
Another iconic, second generation superstar is Cody Rhodes. Marella spoke about his time working with Dusty Rhodes, the son of “The American Dream,” and how he handled second-generation talent.
“I remember being with Cody [Rhodes] In OVW and the worst thing you could ever say to Cody, the saddest thing you could say to him was, ‘You don’t deserve this, you’re only here because of your dad,'” Marella said. “I once saw someone say this to him and I felt really bad for him. I think that’s why he always goes the extra mile, over and over, because without a doubt, he knows.” That he has made it on his own merit.”
The exception to the rule, however, has been Charlotte Flair. The former SmackDown Women’s Champion has been able to fully play her role as Ric Flair’s daughter under the WWE umbrella. Marella ends the conversation by describing the conversation she had with her daughter about Charlotte, where she tells her that no one thinks Charlotte is who she is “because of her father”.
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