Santino Marella was one of WWE’s most popular stars, particularly with the live crowds, during his time with the company.
Marella remained with WWE for close to a decade, with the Canadian-born wrestler being released in 2016 due to injury.
While he may have been out of the company full-time for several years now, Marella’s legacy within WWE lives on.
Marella’s daughter, Bianca Carelli, signed with WWE earlier on this year, and she made her in-ring debut this week.
Appearing on NXT Level Up, Carelli debuted on WWE TV as Ariana Grace, winning her debut match over Amari Miller.
This was only Carelli’s second match, according to The Internet Wrestling Database, with her first coming for NWA in 2021.
Some fans were surprised that WWE didn’t package Ariana Grace as a ‘Marella’, but considering NXT didn’t give Bron Breakker the ‘Steiner’ name, this shouldn’t be too surprising.
Fans have been left quite impressed with Grace’s performance in the match, and you can see some of the reactions below.
Pretty impressive debut tonight— M-DOGG (@mattstockholder) April 30, 2022
The WWE Universe weren’t the only ones to react, as Santino Marella also took to Twitter on Friday to speak about his daughter’s debut.
Marella described the moment as a “full circle” one, explaining that just like his parents did for him, he’d recorded his daughter’s NXT debut.
Marella didn’t comment on the match afterwards, but you have to expect that he’ll be incredibly proud of his daughter, who did a great job in her WWE NXT debut.
For more news surrounding WWE NXT 2.0’s newest stars, including Ariana Grace, make sure you stay tuned to GiveMeSport over the coming days, weeks and months.