Former WWE star Santino Marella appeared on episode 384 of The Steve Austin Show to talk about various topics. During the interview, Marella stated that he has some guys at his wrestling school (Battle Arts Academy in Mississauga, Canada) that are smaller wrestlers and that he keeps telling them that they can’t walk around and show up at an event while weighing 138lbs because they’re going to get hurt and he would be doing a disservice to them if he didn’t tell them this. He noted that he has become brutally honest with these guys. "There [are] guys like, right now, James Ellsworth or Spike Dudley, and just having them kept that hope alive.” He added that there is a chance for smaller wrestlers to get ahead in pro wrestling because of those two wrestlers but it’s only for a short amount of time, which in his words, “sets up a lot of these kids for disappointment.”
Marella stated that Shelton Benjamin and Bobby Lashley would think to themselves that they would be champion if pro wrestling were real. He noted that it’s not real but rather entertainment. He recalled that legendary pro wrestling trainer Rip Rogers would always say that it is fake whether you win or lose in a wrestling match.
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