Santana is still signed to AEW.
The wrestler has not wrestled since the Blood & Guts match that saw The Blackpool Combat Club, Ortiz and Santana defeat The Jericho Appreciation Society on the June 29, 2022 edition of AEW Dynamite.
Within the bout, he suffered a torn ligament. Prior to the injury, Santana was publicly counting down what many assumed to be the expiration of his AEW contract.
In an update, a new report from Fightful Select confirms that Santana still has a signed contract with AEW and has been paid for the duration of his injury.
The expiration of Santana’s AEW contract has never been confirmed, but a source familiar with AEW contracts said that if Santana’s deal ended in September, as he hinted at on social media, then AEW could try to keep him signed for a few months after that. his return from injury for the amount of contract time he would have had left when he was injured.
AEW President Tony Khan was also said to have insisted that the company pay injured talent, even in this case, which could have been long after the contract expired. In total, AEW paid for over half a year that Santana could have been off the books.
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