Santana made waves with his promo package on Friday night Rampage. Not only did he declare his intentions to roll solo moving forward, it also solicited an unhappy response from Ortiz.
On the surface, this was a strong character promo from Mike Santana as he develops his future role in AEW returning from injury.
Santana: There comes a time in everyone’s life where you reach a fork in the road. When you get there, there’s decisions that need to be made in order to proceed in the right direction. Some roads are easy and lead to mediocrity and comfortability. And some roads come with new challenges that force you to grow.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned through this process is that you can’t depend on anyone to have your same passion or drive or, hell, to even have your back the same way that you would. With that being said, the world has been asking all these questions. And now the world is about to get all their answers.
The road I’ve chosen to take is one that must be taken on my own. No crutch, no crew, straight dolo, exactly how I like it. All I’ve done my entire life is bet on myself. But I’ll tell you this, I’m not here to be another guy in the game. I’m here to be the guy. And I know I’m going to piss a lot of people off, and you can ask me if I give a damn. I ain’t here to make friends. I’m here to make money. And if you ain’t down, you’re going to get run down.
The nastiest is yet to come.
When I first saw this promo air on Rampage, I couldn’t help but notice the editing to include this image of a passive Ortiz alongside an aggressive Santana as the promo topic was the difference in passion.
It seemed strange. Maybe that’s just my mind reaching for straws as a potential story develops. Or maybe there is fire where there is smoke. It reminded me of items from our Rumor Roundup about tension between Santana and Ortiz from last year. Like this one:
While discussing the tension between AEW wrestlers Santana and Ortiz, Keepin it 100‘s Konnan mentioned that they still aren’t talking to each other. Konnan also heard that things almost got physical between Santana and Eddie Kingston over this. Santana wants better booking and <