It's common for the WWE to ask their former wrestlers to stick around with the company in order to help in some way, shape or form backstage.
Plenty of former talent are now coaches at the performance centre, several are now top scouts for the company, whilst others do general day-to-day duties for the company backstage.
Other roles are also put on offer to their former talent as well. Just look at the commentators table and you will see John Bradshaw Layfield and David Otunga. Two former wrestlers that are now commentating on SmackDown LIVE.
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Corey Graves is another example. A former NXT superstar that had to retire early and is now commentating on Monday Night Raw.
Another superstar that had to retire way too early was Daniel Bryan, and he can now be seen running SmackDown LIVE as the general manager.
However, all could have been different, according to Santino Marella.
Whilst doing an interview with Main Event Radio, Marella was asked about his retirement from WWE and whether he was ever going to take up a job backstage.
Marella was asked about whether he'd return to the company on a non-wrestling contract, and he revealed that at one stage, he thought he was going to be offered the SmackDown LIVE general manager role.
Of course, the job eventually went to Bryan, but Marella has revealed how all could have been different.
He said: “There was a discussion with WWE of me taking on a non-wrestling role.
"I thought it was going to be Smackdown GM, but I guess they decided to give it to someone else but that's fine.
"If I did go back now it would have to be on a one-day a week schedule, and I could probably swing that.”
Unfortunately for Marella, having Bryan on WWE TV on a regular basis was too good an opportunity to turn down, and that's probably the main reason why he never received a job offer.
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