Tony Khan runs AEW in his own way. While he is panned by some fans for his choices, it’s hard to deny that Tony Khan does what he can for his roster. Although some companies might have a policy where injured talent are not paid, that is not the case in AEW at all.
Sean Sapp noted behind Fightful’s paywall that Tony Khan paid Santana throughout his entire time on the injured list. He had a real-life falling out with Ortiz, and many assumed that he was counting down the days of his AEW contract.
As we previously reported, Santana was injured as he tore his ACL during the Blood & Guts match. This was a terrible injury that required surgery and a long hiatus to heal. Through all that time, AEW kept sending Santana checks.
The outlet further noted that Tony Khan is “adamant” about paying AEW stars through their injuries. Santana’s contract was apparently up in September, so Tony Khan kept paying Santana well after his current contract’s expiration date.
It was also added that AEW President Tony Khan has been adamant that the company will pay injured talent, which might have been months after Santana’s contract expired. AEW paid for over a half-year Santana could have been out of a contract.
Tony Khan does a lot for his roster that might be overlooked. He might be a caring boss, but it’s still business. TK has also been known to tack on additional time to talent contracts when they miss a lot of time due to injury. After all, he did that with Kenny Omega, and TK also added more time to Jon Moxley’s contract when he went to rehab.
We’ll have to see when Santana is able to make his return to the squared circle. Obviously, his story with Ortiz had plenty of time to go, but then he was unceremoniously taken out of action.
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