Ex-AEW Star Makes Statement Following Departure

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A wrestler who started with AEW in the company’s first year has made a statement following the end of his run there.

At the AEW All Out 2019 pay-per-view, the tag team of Santana & Ortiz made their debut in the company. When the first AEW Dynamite episode took place in October 2019, Santana & Ortiz joined the Inner Circle group led by Chris Jericho along with Sammy Guevara and Jake Hager.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Mike Santana had left AEW after nearly five years with the company. During his run in AEW, Santana didn’t hold any title, but he did compete in some huge matches in his career as part of the Inner Circle group.

Santana posted this uplifting message on Twitter/X thanking many people including Ortiz and AEW as a company.

“Took a few days to reflect and I can’t tell you how truly blessed and grateful I feel. It’s been 5 years full of ups and downs, but above all it taught me so much about myself and this business. I’m thankful for the opportunity I was given to be a part of history at the ground level. I can say that I’ll forever be a part of that legacy right at day one. But as you know, there comes a time in life where you have to make decisions and take a bet on yourself. We only get one chance at this life thing and life is about taking risks.

You’ll never know your true potential unless you really put it to work. I’m a big believer in “When one door closes, a bigger door opens”, and im so excited for what the future holds for me. With that being said, I want to thank God and my father for continuing to guide me. My family for their endless support.

All the fans who have backed me endlessly no matter what. To Ortiz, for the years. And AEW for the knowledge and opportunity.


Since Santana has been wrestling at various independent wrestling shows recently, that will likely continue.

Santana And Ortiz Were Legendary Tag Team In TNA/Impact Wrestling

Before signing with AEW in 2019, Santana & Ortiz wrestled as Latin America Xchange (LAX) in TNA where they held the Impact Tag Team Titles four times.