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AEW Have Reportedly Had FTR vs Santana & Ortiz Planned For Months

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As the feud between The Pinnacle and Inner Circle rumbles on in AEW, one match featuring both groups has reportedly been in the works for months.

FTR and Santana and Ortiz have been at each other’s throats since MJF unleashed his new faction on his former Inner Circle teammates in March 2021. With Chris Jericho finally having enough of MJF trying to unsettle his Inner Circle, The Demo-God was on the way to kicking MJF out of the group before the lights went out. When they came back on Wardlow, Shawn Spears, FTR, and Tully Blanchard were lying in wait and went about decimating Inner Circle.

The bad blood continued week after week until the two sides faced off in a Blood & Guts match to try and determine the dominant group. The Pinnacle won the match when MJF had Chris Jericho prone on top of the cage threatening to throw him to the entranceway below. With his leader in trouble, Sammy Guevara surrendered the match to stop MJF but he then threw Jericho off the cage anyway.

An incensed Inner Circle then challenged The Pinnacle to meet them in a Stadium Stampede match at Double Or Nothing. In another incredible encounter, this time Inner Circle pulled off the victory with Guevara redeeming himself by pinning Shawn Spears in the middle of the ring.

With the groups splitting off into individual rivalries, one match featuring members of each team has reportedly been in the works for months. Fightful Select has reported that the tag team match between FTR and Santana and Ortiz has been slated for AEW’s Charlotte show since May. Fight For The Fallen takes place on the 28th of July in Bojangles Coliseum in the city which for many years was the headquarters for Jim Crockett Promotions.

FTR will be accompanied to the ring for the bout by Tully Blanchard, a man who is no stranger to Charlotte, North Carolina from his days as a Four Horseman. Santana and Ortiz will be accompanied to the ring by Cuban wrestling legend Konnan.

Fightful points to the booking of this match as evidence of AEW’s strategy of longer-term booking. The report also notes that in 2020 many feuds and programs that had been in the works had a spanner thrown into the works due to the pandemic, however, most of what was originally due to happen is what played out on AEW television.

The report finishes by mentioning an AEW singles program that is tentatively set for this autumn but gives no indication as to the competitors involved.