A former WWE Superstar has told of the agonising moment that they thought Vince McMahon could change tact and make them a world champion.
Few stars in modern WWE history have gained as much popularity with fans as Santino Marella. A former WWE Tag Team, United States, and Intercontinental Champion in the company, Marella is best remembered for his zany antics and of course his dreaded Cobra.
Back at the Elimination Chamber in 2012, Santino Marella had the chance to become World Heavyweight Champion inside the dreaded structure. Speaking to former WWE referee Mike Chioda on his Monday Mailbag show – available at AdFreeShows.com – Marella explained how the reaction he was getting from fans that night had Vince McMahon a heartbeat away from changing the finish and making Marella World Heavyweight Champion:
“Well, you know, what’s funny is Chioda was in Gorilla right beside Vince. And, and so I have heard of instances where Vince calls an audible and changes the finish. And I know the audience was going nuts because when Daniel Bryan kicked out of the Cobra with the sock on. Nobody has ever kicked out ever with the sock on at that point. So the audience was completely programmed to believe sh*t, Cobra, we have a new champion, right?”
“You know, the whole one, two, oh! It was a huge, huge one, two, oh! And then when he got his move on to me, The LeBell Lock. Honestly, in my heart, I felt like there might be an audible coming because the audience is going apesh*t and I just wanted to buy a little time. And I just kind of pulled it as a hand down and I started coming up.”
“Chioda later came up to me and he said dude, I was watching Vince and he goes I swear to God, if it was five more seconds, I think he was gonna call an audible.”
Mike Chioda then gave his memories of the moment, as he watched Vince McMahon rise from his chair just like the thousands of fans in attendance:
“He was like off his seat. He was just like, and he was stood up. And he was just like, he was like firing up like he just rose. Like, and I thought he was going to say something to Billy Kidman. And I thought he was going to say something like change the finish to do something, but he was just getting into the finish big time. And sometimes I mean, even though Santino it just gets him over more than anything, even though he didn’t go over in that match.”
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