Santana’s days in All Elite Wrestling could be numbered. Shortly after half of Proud and Powerful entered the grueling Blood & Guts match last Wednesday the AEW Dynamite, rumors began to surface that Santana may be considering leaving the company. This is in addition to recent speculation (not a report) from Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp that there may be issues between Santana and longtime partner Ortiz. Sapp pointed out that the two rarely interact on TV these days and haven’t teamed up in a standard two-man fight since the start of 2022. On top of that, Santana dropped many cryptic clues about his future on social networks.
“126 days,” Santana tweeted on April 28. That delay would take him to September 1, around the time his AEW contract would expire, as most of AEW’s inaugural deals were for three years. Santana made her first AEW appearance on August 31, 2019 at AEW all out.
The former Impact Wrestling Tag Team Champion has also been taking freelance bookings for most of 2022, making one-off appearances for various promotions as a singles wrestler.
Adding to that exit rumour, Santana has just recovered from an injury he suffered in Wednesday’s Blood & Guts game. Santana landed a Uranage on the Jericho Appreciation Society’s Daniel Garcia, but landed awkwardly on his knee. His leg would deform immediately after the move, leaving Santana pinned to the ground for the remainder of the match. Santana would eventually be helped out of the ring and onto the ramp, and was unable to return to the top of the cage for her team’s post-match victory celebration.
Following initial speculation, Bryan Alvarez of Wrestling Observer Radio reported that Santana would be MRI’d and that doctors believe the injury is “very, very serious”. This injury comes at a terrible time for AEW, as Santana joins CM Punk, Bryan Danielson, Kenny Omega, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Buddy Matthews, Jungle Boy and many others also on the shelf with a variety of injuries .
While AEW retained most of its talent in its first three years, the young promotion is starting to see some quirky faces evolve after their contracts expire. Beyond the notable departure of co-founder Cody Rhodes, AEW has seen stars like Joey Janela, Marko Stunt, and most recently Alan Angels depart in recent months.
Stay tuned to ComicBook for updates on Santana’s contract status and injury details.