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December 03, 2012

Damien Sandow def. Santino Marella and continued his search for an apprentice

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With enough brains in his head to match the intellect of the three wise men, Damien Sandow's crusade of enlightenment brought him to the bowels of the Greensboro Coliseum, where "The Duke of Decency" expanded his search net in the hunt for his very own apprentice. "For what has felt like eternity, I have attempted to help all of you — an attempt that has proven itself to be futile," Sandow lamented. "However, as your intellectual savior, I cannot and will not abandon you."

And so it was that Sandow reached into the unwashed masses and hand-selected yet another provincial member of the WWE Universe who may yet prove a worthy student. And so it was that, yet again, the prospective pupil faltered in the face of Sandow's tricky third question ("Which English Romantic poet wrote the opening line, 'Much have I traveled in the land of gold'?").

The poor guy hadn't brushed up on his John Keats, sadly, and was summarily dismissed by The Enlightened One, with a "You're welcome" for good measure.

But while Sandow's search for an acolyte continues, Sandow had no problem finding himself a foe for the evening after Santino Marella emerged and tossed some insults of his own toward "The Emperor of Enlightenment." The two exchanged a brief back-and-forth before Sandow hit The Italian Stallion with a cheap shot and a contest began in earnest.

While Sandow may have disparaged the former U.S. Champion's mental prowess, he certainly underestimated The Milan Miracle's in-ring prowess. Santino left Sandow disheveled and worn down in his opening surge, but The Enlightened One struck back with the Elbow of Disdain. Sandow found himself in a tight spot when The Italian Stallion surged back and brought forth the Cobra, but mat awareness enabled Sandow to rob Santino of his signature weapon. After dodging a last-ditch flying headbutt from The Milan Miracle, The Intellectual Savior of the Masses dismissed Santino with Terminus, ending his night on a hard-fought high note.

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