Santino Competes in Judo Tournament
Friday, October 6, 2017
Former WWE star Santino Marella revealed on Instagram and Twitter that over the weekend he competed in a Judo tournament. The retired wrestler, who is 43 and has had three major neck surgeries during his career, finished with a bronze medal. He says that it is his first tournament in 19 years. I'd say that is pretty damn good.
This weekend I did something kind of crazy, I competed in my first judo tournament in about 19 years. I have been working out consistently each morning and sort of found myself in OK shape, plus my body has been pretty pain-free so on a whim I decided to fight this weekend at the Asahi annual tournament in the open weight category, I will admit I was not in judo competition shape however I had a great time out there, i won three matches and lost one in overtime by penalty and wound up with a bronze. It was great to compete in front of some old friends, my wife, my dad, my students, and some old teammates. 43 years old, post WWE, post 2 neck surgeries, I'm a little banged up but damn that was fun.
Santino wrestled for the WWE from 2007 until 2014 when he retired after some serious neck injuries. He won the Intercontinental title twice, US Title, and the WWE Tag Team Title during his run, along with being Ms. Wrestlemania under the guise of his sister Santina. After leaving the ring he opened up his own MMA training gym ‘Battle Arts Academy. where he is a judo instructor, Besides being an instructor, he is also an analyst for Sportsnet 360.
As you can see, retiring from the ring doesn't mean you are retired from kicking some butt as well.