All Elite Wrestling has been having their top stars suffering an injury and being placed on the shelf for the past several months and that includes AEW World Champion CM Punk and Bryan Danielson. Santana is the latest to suffer an injury and be put on the sidelines as during the Blood & Guts AEW Dynamite episode, the former Inner Circle member hurt his left knee just minutes after entering the brutal and viscous match and he would apparently blow out his knee as well.
AEW President and CEO Tony Khan recently appeared on Busted Open Radio and confirmed that Santana did suffer an injury during the Blood & Guts Match, but Khan didn’t provide further details on the injury nor did Khan reveal the severity of Santana’s injury and the timetable for Santana’s eventual return, though the AEW CEO did note that it could be a relatively long injury. Khan also revealed that he and the company will support Santana with whatever he needs while he is out of action recovering.
This is what Tony Khan said:
“I haven’t talked much publicly about it. He is injured and it’s unfortunate.” “Obviously, it’s a very dangerous match, and going into it, we knew injuries are a possibility.” “I think it could be a relatively long injury, so it could be a while that Santana is out, but we’re here for him in whatever he needs … It’s unfortunate that the Blood and Guts match does come with injuries, and it was a knee injury that he suffered, and hopefully he’ll be back relatively soon.”
Santana suffered a stage two tear in his MCL back in May of 2019 while he was still working in IMPACT Wrestling and that injury kept him out of action for a number of weeks. Santana made his AEW debut at the 2019 All Out PPV Event, when he and Ortiz appeared following a ladder match for the AAA World Tag Team Championships, beating up both The Lucha Brothers and The Young Bucks. Santana then made his AEW in-ring debut, when he and Ortiz teamed with Chris Jericho to take on Kenny Omega and The Young Bucks on the premiere episode of AEW Dynamite in 2019.
You can check out Tony Khan’s comments at this link. H/T to Fightful for transcribing the quotes.