It has been reported that a recently injured AEW star will be out of action well into 2023 after undergoing surgery.
For much of 2021, it appeared as though Santana and Ortiz would be the next tag team to really break through in AEW and establish themselves as one of the top teams in the promotion. However, mid-way through 2022 and things have seemingly unravelled in spectacular fashion.
For a number of weeks there have been reports that the two men have a fallen out, effectively ending their run together. These reports have been franked by Konnan, who is close to both stars, who confirmed that they are “not on good terms.”
To make matters worse for Santana he also suffered an injury during the recent Blood and Guts Match while performing a uranage. The star landed awkwardly while performing the fairly innocuous move, and it was immediately suggested that he would be out of action for a long time.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has now confirmed that he has undergone reconstructive surgery on his knee and will be out for at least eight months.
“Santana needed reconstructive knee surgery and looks to be out about eight months. Even though he and Ortiz had a personal falling out, this is going to be tough for Ortiz who is going to have a tough time not being lost in the shuffle.”
In some good injury news for AEW, it was recently reported that Kenny Omega, Bryan Danielson and CM Punk are all targeting a return at All Out in September.