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Santino Marella’s Daughter Announces New WWE Name on NXT 2.0

Arianna Grace Bianca Carelli

Bianca Carelli, the daughter of former Intercontinental Champion Santino Marella, has a new name and will enter the NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament!

After Santino Marella confirmed that his daughter Bianca had signed with the WWE, the new recruit reported to the Performance Center in March. Now, a vignette on the latest episode of NXT 2.0 revealed that she’s received a new name and will compete in the first NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament which is set to begin on May 10th. The standout has a background in judo and jiu-jitsu, and also recently earned a Bachelor’s degree in biology.

“I’m Arianna Grace, and I’m competing in the 2022 NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament. I’m a former beauty pageant queen, but before you make any assumptions, I’ve trained boxing and MMA my entire life, and I’m ready to kick some ass.

“I’m not afraid to take chances. I throw caution to the wind, and that’s exactly what you’re going to see in this Women’s Breakout Tournament.”

In a recent post on Instagram, Arianna Grace wrote about the gratitude she has for being able to have a job that she loves and sent a message of positivity to her followers.

“I understand and not everybody gets to do a job that they love (and if you do -like myself, you’re very fortunate) but sometimes those are the circumstances that we have to deal with.

“However, if that is the case you should always make sure that you are doing something that you DO love regularly. If that can’t be your job then maybe it’s a hobby, but whatever it is make sure you take time to do something that feeds your soul, feeds your spirit and keeps you excited for every single day of your life.

“Each day is a blessing, which we can take for granted. Appreciating every moment you have, every day of life you get to enjoy, makes life all the sweeter. Sending you all love and positivity!”

Prior to signing with WWE, Bianca Carelli trained to be a professional wrestler at the Battle Arts academy owned by her father. She previously tried out for a chance to join the Performance Center in 2019 and also made her NWA debut at the promotion’s all-women’s event EmPowerrr.

Also announced for the NXT Women’s Breakout Tournament are Lash Legend, Kiana Jackson, and Sloane Jacobs.

Elsewhere on NXT 2.0, the Viking Raiders made a surprise return to NXT and defeated Edris Enofe and Malik Blade. Full results from the April 26th episode can be found here.

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