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02-18-2012, 02:02 PM
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Originally Posted by AfroThunder396 View Post
Yeah he has a background in MMA and Judo.

He was actually heading to Japan to start a professional MMA career, but visa problems kept him out of the country and he took pro wrestling classes instead. His gimmick in OVW was a stiff brawler and he got pretty over with it.

Paul Heyman was the one who actually came up with the gimmick and told Vince to give him a shot, and don't forget Vince hand-picked Santino to win the Intercontinental Title in his first WWE match.
Santino wrestled for BattlArts in Japan, which is fake shoot fighting.

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