Exclusive: Update On Santana’s Absence From Dynamite And TV Tapings

On last night’s episode of AEW Dynamite we saw some interesting developments in the ongoing saga involving The Inner Circle and their newest members MJF and Wardlow.

MJF and Orange Cassidy ended up being the two survivors left in the Dynamite Diamond Battle Royal, and will face off next week in the finals for the ring. During the Battle Royal, we saw Sammy Guevara eliminated by MJF. Later in the night during the match between Chris Jericho and Frankie Kazarian, there was a spot where MJF came out and acted like he was going to throw in the towel. This brought out Sammy, who took the towel away from him, which distracted Jericho enough to almost cost him the match.

Following the match Jericho cut a promo saying that everyone needed to sort things out by next week or the group would be breaking up.

One thing of note was that during Chris Jericho’s match against Frankie Kazarian, he was joined at ringside by fellow Inner Circle members Jake Hager and Ortiz. Missing throughout the night, was Santana.

I reached out to sources within AEW about Santana’s status after not being on last night’s episode of Dynamite and was told that he was in fact not in Jacksonville yesterday. I was also told that a personal issue kept him home. It was stated that Santana’s absence was not health related, as he was said to not be sick.

As far as Santana’s status for next week’s episode of Dynamite, it doesn’t appear as though Santana will be present on that broadcast for the big Inner Circle ultimatum either. I was told that Santana was not there today, so it is thought he will not be featured on next week’s Dynamite as well.


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