The Inner Circle is one of the most powerful factions in All Elite Wrestling. Chris Jericho leads an all-star team of talent who have participated in many of the company’s most memorable feuds. They’ve played both faces and heels. The team was recently given a prestigious award for their performance in 2021.

Pro Wrestling Illustrated recently announced their 2021 PWI Achievement Awards. The Inner Circle took home the award for Faction of the Year. Jake Hager took to Twitter to soak in the recognition.

“We chose to die on our feet rather than live on our knees… What you see on screen is Real. I could not love a human baby as much as I Love the Inner Circle. I’m very proud of @IAmJericho @sammyguevara @santana_proud @ortiz_powerful Thank you to all the amazing fans.”

Hager included a photo of the entire Inner Circle posing around Jericho as he holds the award plaque. Santana and Ortiz, Sammy Guevara, and Jake Hager seem to have a real bond in addition to their on-screen partnership. Jake is proud of the accomplishment.


The Inner Circle feuded with Dan Lambert and American Top Team towards the end of 2021. Before that, they had a memorable run against The Pinnacle and MJF. The two settled their differences in a brutal Blood and Guts match in May.

Jake Hager is hoping to continue his good run in 2022. Hager has been looking for MMA fights in addition to his work in the wrestling ring. There could be big things on tap soon for The Inner Circle.

Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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