Santana and Ortiz entered AEW as members of Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle. That might not have been the original plan, but it is how things played out. Now, Proud n Powerful, formerly known as LAX, aren’t performing as a duo at all. There is a reason for that.

There are growing concerns about the future of Santana, who is currently absent from the company, as reports suggest he is extremely displeased with his creative direction. Santana, who has been sidelined for a year due to an ACL injury, last competed in the Blood & Guts match on June 29th, 2022, on Dynamite.

During that time, Santana and his former tag team partner, Ortiz, experienced a falling out, despite still being required to work together. Although Santana is expected to make a return soon, Ortiz has also been absent from AEW television since March, with the reasons for his absence remaining unknown.

Adding to the uncertainty, a recent update from Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter revealed comments by AAA talent relations head Konnan. In an AEW related story, Konnan also spoke about wanting Santana & Ortiz to get back together. The report noted what Konnan said during an appearance on Inside The Ropes Radio.


“I don’t know because, for a while here, Ortiz and Santana haven’t been seeing eye to eye. I’ve been talking to both of them to see if they will reunite.

“I think that the problem was that LAX originally… the first time I ever talked to Tony, he told me about LAX. And then the next thing I knew when I enquired about it, he wanted me to come in and manage it.

“And then when I enquired about it – or it might have been Cody – but then when I enquired about it, Tony was like, ‘Oh Jericho’s going to use them’. And I was like, ‘That’s a weird fit. But f**k it’.

Konnan is close to Santana and Ortiz. Konnan addressed Santana’s situation, including his relationship with Ortiz and frustrations within AEW. We will have to see if anything gets better in this situation.

AEW has plans for a lot of their stars, but that doesn’t seem to be the case for the former LAX. Now, we will have to see if Tony Khan can work something out.

Santana and Ortiz are a great team, but every union must end eventually, in theory. Did they have a good enough run? Sound off in the comments!

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