His character won Carelli Wrestling Observer Newsletter's award for Best Gimmick in 20.
During his time in WWE, Carelli won the Intercontinental Championship in his debut.
Since that point in time, Marella has embarked on a successful career in WWE both as a heel and a face while capturing gold on more than one occasion.
Despite always being a mid-card talent, Marella has become one of the more popular wrestlers in the company due to his likable and humorous personality and antics.
He is also a former WWE Tag Team Champion and United States Champion.
Carelli won four championships in WWE before retiring from professional wrestling in 2014.Following Elimination Chamber, Santino Marella was treated with a new-found push, given his massive popularity with the crowd.Being aligned with the Friday Nights General Manager Teddy Long, Marella was granted a shot at Jack Swagger's United States Championship a month ago at the start of Monday Night Raw.Carrelli defeated him with assistance from Bobby Lashley in a No Holds Barred match.Five years ago today, a "fan" who was handpicked from the Italian crowd by Vince Mc Mahon himself was placed in a No Holds Barred match against then-Intercontinental Champion Umaga, with the title on the line.In light of this special anniversary, I'll highlight the top 15 moments in the WWE career of Santino Marella over the course of the last five years.One can only assume that these moments are only the beginning of Marella's tenure going forward.Carelli was born in Mississauga, Ontario, to a family of Italian descent, and attended St Basil's Catholic Elementary School, and later Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School.Carelli trained in judo at the age of nine and also competed in high school wrestling, winning the Region of Peel Secondary School Athletic Association (ROPSSAA) Tournament, back-to-back as a junior and a senior.Ryder congratulated his friend on Twitter: "So proud of @uhohitsthebigo for having his first ever match at @NYWCWRESTLING Psycho Circus. #BIGO" - WWE Diva Layla says her knee is stronger than ever. Anthony John Carelli (born March 14, 1979) is an Italian-Canadian professional wrestler better known by his ring name, Santino Marella.