- Former WWE Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella appeared on the Another Wrestling Podcast this week to discuss his recent WWE release, as seen above. Marella said that he was "shocked" by his release, because there was always talk of him returning on-screen in a non-physical role.

"Yeah, I guess I was shocked, because there was always talk about when I come back I was gonna take a non-physical role, like maybe there was a little chatter about being a GM and I even suggested perhaps a manager if anybody needed one," Marella said (h/t to CageSideSeats for the transcription. "But yeah, I guess they changed their mind."

Despite being surprised, Santino noted that he now feels excited about the future.

"It's interesting, it's a strange phenomenon you know. A little bit of 'wow, it's over' and then like 'wow, that was awesome' you know 'what's gonna be next' worried and then this sense of kind of freedom and just this weight, because, you know you commit. And you're a part of the team and you're... I don't want to say the own you, but they kind of own you. There's certain opportunities you'll have to let go cause you're with them, so now I don't have those obstacles any more."

- As part of Friday the 13th, select t-shirts are only $13 at WWEShop.com. You can also take $5 off orders of $30+ by clicking here and using code WWEWINC5 at checkout.

- WWE Womens Champion Charlotte will be appearing this Sunday in Lexington, S.C. at the Walmart Store on 1780 S. Lake Drive at 2pm. The event is open to the first 200 attendees.

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