A former WWE Superstar has confirmed that they plan to work the “Jerry Lawler schedule” and come out of in-ring retirement in IMPACT Wrestling.
IMPACT Wrestling’s Hard To Kill pay-per-view took place at Center Stage in Atlanta, Georgia on the 13th of January and was a noteworthy show for several reasons. Josh Alexander retained his IMPACT World Championship against WWE Hall of Famer Bully Ray while Mickie James survived putting her career on the line to defeat Jordynne Grace and become a five-time Knockouts Champion.
Meanwhile, former AEW star Frankie Kazarian appeared on the show to reveal he has now signed a long-term deal with IMPACT Wrestling but that was not the only surprise.
Joe Hendry put his Digital Media Championship on the line against Moose with the former IMPACT World Champion thinking he had picked up the victory after a low blow. That brought out former WWE Intercontinental, Tag Team, and US Champion Santino Marella who is now IMPACT’s Director of Authority.
Marella – in full Italian character – restarted the bout with Hendry then picking up the victory to retain his championship.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio Santino Marella then revealed he is going to be wrestling for IMPACT having previously stepped away from a full-time in-ring career due to injury:
“Well actually, so, you know, the talk is I’ll try and wrestle maybe quarterly. Special matches, that Jerry Lawler schedule, wrestling a few matches a year. See what the body can do but mostly, funny backstage pre-tapes, some in-ring promos, all that kind of stuff.”
“A lot of interactions with superstars and trying to make them laugh and try to pop them. It’s fun, it’s a lot of fun. The creative juices are flowing and a lot of the writers here, they’re looking forward to writing comedy that’s gonna be executed properly and there’s a really good energy here right now. “