Tito Santana was a big part of my early years as a fan of professional wrestling. A clean-cut babyface in the WWF, I remember flipping through the pages of Pro Wrestling Illustrated to learn of the nefarious means by which he was defeated for the Intercontinental Championship in 1985. He fell victim to the always sneaky foreign object in order to make way for the rise of “Macho Man” Randy Savage as he began his climb to the top of the industry. I vividly recall him being on the losing end of the contest for the WWF World Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania IV, watching his Strike Force partner Rick Martel take a shot from behind via Mr. Fuji’s cane, sealing the victory for Demolition. Martel leaving Santana in the ring all alone to be decimated by the Brain Busters the following year at WrestleMania V feels as if it happened yesterday.
So when I had a chance to take a walk down memory lane with Tito Santana at this year’s Florida Supercon, I was more than game as he discussed his biggest feuds and those aforementioned title reigns. We also chatted about the differences in professional wrestling now and back then, and what he sees as a weakness in today’s sports entertainment. Enjoy.