War of words between AEW’s Santana and Ortiz may point to future program

Originally published at War of words between AEW’s Santana and Ortiz may point to future program

In a possible build to a program between two longtime tag partners, AEW’s Santana and Ortiz have officially spilt, with some harsh words exchanged.

On Friday night’s episode of AEW Rampage, the newly billed Mike Santana declared in a video package:

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 and 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 were. With that being said, the world has been asking all these questions. 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 gonna piss a lot of people off. But you can ask me if I give a dare. I ain’t here to make friends. I’m here to make money, and if you ain’t down, you’re gonna get run down. The nastiest is yet to come.

On Saturday, in response, Ortiz responded on social media:

What a way to find out years of having your back meant nothing. Good luck without your “crutch” Just remember it helped you walk for the last 14+ years. Hope your legs are good. Thank you for being honest for once.  But you couldn’t say it to my face? You know you still can, right?

It did not end there, with Santana hitting back:

Wow. First thing you said to me in 14 months. no text no call. No I hope your recovery has gone well but of course paint me to be the bad guy like you’ve always done. Guess you forgot about our last conversation about this. Either way I’m happy I hope and pray the same for you.

Wow.
First thing you said to me in 14 months. no text no call. No I hope your recovery has gone well but of course paint me to be the bad guy like you’ve always done. Guess you forgot about our last conversation about this. Either way I’m happy I hope and pray the same for you🙏🏽 https://t.co/q6h4Hnajz1

— Mike SANTANA🇵🇷 (@Santana_Proud) September 9, 2023

Given the desire to put recent locker-room issues in the company in the past, fans will hope the exchanges are part of a storyline.

Certainly hope this is all in character leading somewhere.

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