As expected, Santino Marella made his return to RAW this week from The Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Prior to the match, Zeb Colter cut a promo bashing Canada until Santino came out and cut him off. This started a match between Marella and Cesaro, who was already out there with Colter. At one point during the match, Cesaro held Santino in a tilt a whirl for at least one minute straight, getting "holy sh*t" chants from the crowd. That spot was f*cking AWESOME BTW! Santino got a surprise win by hooking Cesaro's arm and then tossing him over for the three count. The Canadian crowd was super hot for Santino's return and the match in general.
We reported the following on Monday: "Santino Marella, who has been out with an injury, could make his return as early as tonight's episode of RAW."
Santino, who has been sidelined much of 2013 due to a neck injury, revealed in a rare out-of-character interview with Live Audio Wrestling several weeks ago that he was targeting a return to WWE during the early part of September so everything went as planned. During his off time, he had been working on a new training facility that you can see in the videos below: