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Daughter Of Former US Champion Announced For NWA EmPowerrr

Bianca Carelli

The daughter of a former WWE Intercontinental Champion is the latest name announced to be competing at the all-female NWA EmPowerrr show being put together by Mickie James.

Bianca Carelli, the daughter of Anthony Carelli who competed in WWE as Santino Marella, has been announced as the latest name to be added to the NWA Women’s Invitational Cup that will take place at EmPowerrr. Carelli will join the already announced names of Debbie Malenko, Tootie Lynn, Lady Frost, Jamie Senegal, and Chelsea Green in the match that will see the winner earn a shot at the NWA Women’s Worlds Championship.

Bianca Carelli recently discussed an unsuccessful tryout she had taken part in with WWE while speaking to Chris Van Vliet. Carelli revealed the feedback she had been given afterward, saying:

“A lot of it was keep working and get more experience. I know my mic skills are pretty solid, it was really just the wrestling aspect of things. Just to get more comfortable with the wrestling aspect of things. Unfortunately, though because of Coronavirus, that got put on pause for me, which was unfortunate. Last year, when Coronavirus hit, I had so many matches lined up. It was unfortunate that it happened, so I had to find other ways to improve. I studied my own matches, stayed in shape and thought of ways to rebrand myself.”

Carelli also discussed the 2019 tryout with Spencer Love on an appearance on Love Wrestling:

“I think at that point I’d had 13 matches so I obviously – I was extremely green. But, at the same time, I was working out every single day, I was preparing for this. I was eating very clean. I’d been trying different diets for a year. My mind was 100% ‘let’s go, let’s do this.’ And I knew, okay, maybe I’m not gonna be the best wrestler. But you know what? I’m good on the mic and I’m willing to put in the work.”

“For me, I was kind of hoping they would see ‘oh, wow, she works really hard. She doesn’t give up.’ I know a lot of the stuff that they do in tryouts is meant to wear you down to see mentally how strong you are. That was my biggest thing was I wanted to show my mental strength, I wanted to show my toughness, that you make me run until I throw up, and I will throw up, and I will keep on running. And then, I will throw up again and I will keep on running. You’re gonna have to call an ambulance before I stopped running. That was what I wanted to show is that that animal inside.”

The Battle Arts Academy student has previously expressed her desire to escape being labelled as ‘Santino’s Daughter’ as well as discussing pressure previously to be called Santina and how she wants to craft a name for herself as Bianca Carelli, not as the daughter of Santino Marella.

h/t Love Wrestling for the transcription