Santana is one half of Proud N Powerful with Ortiz and is a crucial member of the Inner Circle. He was absent during last week’s episode of AEW Dynamite Winter is Coming and he did not make it for this week’s show either.

During this week’s Dynamite, Chris Jericho said that Santana was ”too pissed off” to make it for the show. We had previously reported that the real reason Santana was absent was due to personal issues.

Now Santana himself has given fans details behind his absence. He took to Instagram and made a post, updating fans about his personal issue. He revealed that his step father passed away last week. Here is what he said:

This year has literally tried to break me in half…It’s like I’ve been hit with every knockout punch life has, but my pride won’t let me go down. I’ve been waiting to wake up from this nightmare since Jan 1st, but truth is, there’s no waking up from life. There’s only taking it on the chin and moving forward. Last week, my family and I suffered another huge loss with the sudden passing of my step father. I can go on forever about what this man meant to my family and I. My respect for him was infinite and I will forever be grateful for the love and admiration he had for all of us, but most of all, the love and respect he had for my mother. As a kid, he’d always encourage me to follow my dreams. He worked his ass off everyday to make sure we always had what we needed. Just the true definition of a working family man. I can never repay you for what you did for us. But I will continue our job of holding down the family and taking care of mom. Thank you for all the memories, lessons, advice, understanding, and love. It’ll be with me forever. Love you, Jose. RIP 


Ps. Thank you to all the family, friends, and peers who have reached out to offer their love and support.

And thank you to the fans who have expressed their concerns but have given my family and I respect/privacy during this time. Thank you.”

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to Santana’s family and friends during this difficult time.

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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