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Santino Marella shares that it was John Cena who convinced him to keep using “The Cobra”

On this week’s “Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw,” Santino Marella stopped by to discuss his version of events that led to Jim Cornette slapping him, as well as where the idea for The Cobra came from.

Santino Marella giving us his version of the story where he laughed at The Boogeyman’s debut in OVW that led to Jim Cornette slapping him:

“I was there for a month and it was summertime. So my daughter came to visit, and I just graduated to the intermediate class,” Santino began. “The intermediate class would go to the TV tapings, and they would fill in the audience and motivate the audience to cheer and boo at the right time. It’s my first day. I showed up with my daughter and our class kind of sits over there.”

“So I’m sitting there with my daughter. She’s in front of me and the Boogeyman comes out. He kind of looks towards my daughter. She’s 10. So she’s terrified and I’m just getting a kick out of it because she’s like, totally into it. She’s just mesmerized. She’s freaking out. So I got this big smirk on my face sitting behind her like, this is awesome. She’s gonna remember this forever,” he continued.

“The smirk on my face made him (Jim Cornette) snap. He thought I was no selling. I was trying to explain to him like, ‘This is my first day, man. I’m just in the audience with my family. Like really, it’s my first time here.’ He called me backstage and he slapped me and stuff, and then, you know, it got out. Yeah, it was a bit mean.”

Santino on how he came up with The Cobra idea:

‘Well, I was drinking at a bar and some guy showed me this thing where he would just transform his arm into this little snake puppet thing,” Marella revealed.

“I didn’t even get it at the time. I looked at my buddy and said, ‘I don’t get it. What is that?’ He said, ‘It’s just a funny thing he does.’ Then the next time I saw him, he asked me ‘Do you remember how to do it?'”

“Then like, fast forward five years, I’m at a house show in Atlanta, and I think I was wrestling Chavo or Carlito. I said, ‘I’m going to try something in my comeback. So I’m going to do like, you know, jab, jab, jab, this arm transformation thing, hit you with it, turn away, and I’ll do a schoolboy. It’s funny. I used to call it the school boy from hell, actually. So I did it at a live event. I told Cena, ‘Hey, watch this. I’m gonna try something, and I did the Cobra. The audience laughed.’”

“I came back and he goes, ‘I would keep that if I were you. That was funny as hell,’ and so I just did it on the live events. It was always Cobra into the schoolboy from hell.”

“Then one day, Regal bumped off the cover, so that was the first time it kind of became like a finishing maneuver, but it was only on live events.”

“Then one day, I was at RAW. Ricky (Steamboat) was the producer. I was wrestling Zack Ryder, and he said, ‘You’re going over with the Cobra. Vince wants to see the Cobra. He’s been reading the reports and he wants to see the Cobra.’ Okay. I did the Cobra, and in three weeks, it took three weeks of doing it on television, before I would gesture for it. I remember almost being blown away, like in shock that I would see in the corner, in my peripheral vision, the audience jumping out of their seats. They were screaming for The Cobra. I did it for about a year without the sock. Then, you know, we developed some merchandise for it.”

Other topics covered in this week’s episode include Santino’s Intercontinental title run and training in OVW.

If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “Stories with Brisco and Bradshaw” with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription.


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