Santino Marella announced his in-ring retirement at Sunday’s WWE live event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Marella stunned the live crowd by saying he has suffered a third neck injury and because of it, his in-ring career is over.
Below are eyewitness reports from Twitter:
— Johnny (@BreakinVizon) July 6, 2014
Santino just retired #WWEToronto
— Andrew Martelli (@Andrewmartelli) July 6, 2014
— madbro.mp (@mpincente) July 6, 2014
— Revamped Wrestling (@RevampedWrestle) July 6, 2014
Marella admitted just last week his career was winding down. He opened a wrestling school called the Battle Arts Academy in Canada last year. Santino missed most of last year due to a neck injury as he underwent a procedure called a facet rhizotomy. In the procedure, injections are given, where there’s an axillary nerve that comes off.
Santino revealed in an interview with Live Audio Wrestling in August 2013 that he had several problems with his neck including bulging discs, herniated discs, stenosis, degenerating discs, in addition to arthritis.