Santino Marella provided the following health update on social media:
Santino had been recovering from neck fusion surgery but announced a couple weeks ago he had to have a semi-emergency surgery to remove all hardware from his neck. You can read that update at this link.
Marella made a career-related announcement in July that was believed to be his in-ring retirement, however, he had hoped to come back. He recently appeared on Raw in a segment with Larry The Cable Guy and as a presenter at this year’s Slammy Awards. In addition, he served as the General Manager of Smackdown on December 5.
Most recently, Santino has been on WWE’s holiday live event tour, appearing in various capacities.