Marella began a publicity campaign against the WWE Films production, The Condemned, as its DVD release neared.
He was eventually confronted by the film's star, Steve Austin, who argued the film's merits before delivering a Stone Cold Stunner to Marella and hosing him and Maria with beer.
Birth Name: Elizabeth Carolan Kocanski Born: November 24, 1980 (age 35) in Elmira, New York Height & Weight: 5 ft 7 in, 150 lbs.
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During the Austin angle, Marella repeatedly mocked him and his catchphrases in humorously broken English, starting a new comedic trend in his gimmick.
After a short angle with Jerry Lawler, Marella formed a tag team with Carlito.
Around this time, Maria was offered a photo shoot for Playboy magazine.
After unsuccessfully persuading her to decline it, Marella tried to sabotage the cover unveiling (an in-ring segment of Raw), causing Maria to dump him.
He was the opponent selected by Vince Mc Mahon for Umaga. Shortly after winning the Intercontinental title, Marella feuded with Chris Masters, narrowly retaining the title in his first defenses.The unknown Marella scored a surprising upset, and won the WWE Intercontinental Championship. On July 2, he dropped the title back to Umaga, after defeating him on June 24, at Vengeance: Night of Champions, by disqualification.