Former WWE superstar Santino Marella made his official IMPACT Wrestling debut as he was revealed as the new Director of Authority.
Company president Scott D’Amore was written off TV following a brutal attack from Bully Ray days before the latter unsuccessfully challenged Josh Alexander for the world championship at Hard To Kill.
It meant a new boss was set to be revealed during Friday night’s show, and that moment came after Moose cheated his way to victory over Digital Media Champion Joe Hendry.
Music blared out as Santino, who has previously been on IMPACT shows a couple of times under his real name Anthony Carelli, made his first appearance as his beloved persona.
The former Intercontinental Champion was back with his over the top, signature faux Italian accent as he introduced himself.
‘Allow myself to introduce myself. My name is Santino Marella! And I am the brand new Director of Authority here at IMPACT Wrestling. In fact, IMPACT Wrestling had a massive production planned,’ he insisted.
‘There was going to be confetti canons, there was going to be a marching band, they were even going to release several falcons here in the arena. Don’t worry, they already ate!’
Then, it was time for Santino to lay down the law.
He continued: ‘I’m watching backstage, and I saw what you just did. To kick a man in the scrotisimus region, that’s disgusting! I don’t like cheaters, and you my friend a cheating sunamagun!
‘As my official first act as Director of Authority… I’m gonna restart this match right now. Referee, ring the bell!’
Unfortunately for Moose, things didn’t go quite to plan as Hendry was able to win the restarted match and escape with his title, and now fans will be wondering what else Santino has in store for the IMPACT roster.
IMPACT Wrestling: Hard To Kill is available to watch via Fite TV.
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