Report: “Burnt Out” AEW Original Set For TNA Return

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Report: “Burnt Out” AEW Original Set For TNA Return

Report: “Burnt Out” AEW Original Set For TNA Return

April 1, 2024 10:18 AM
Report: “Burnt Out” AEW Original Set For TNA Return
Wrestling News

Rumours arise of where a recently released AEW star may next call home…

Mike Santana is reportedly due back in TNA Wrestling.

This is according to Fightful Select, who made public TNA’s interest in bringing Santana back into the fold following the expiration of his AEW contract and reported departure from the Tony Khan-led promotion on March 4. News on when Santana may return to TNA isn’t yet known, though the promotion has pre-recorded all programming up to their April 20 Rebellion pay-per-view in Las Vegas.

When quizzed on a TNA return by Chris Van Vliet, Santana quite simply said how “amazing” the company was performing and that “everything was on the table”. He wrestled there for two years previously as part of a modernised LAX, capturing the World Tag Team Championships four times.

Mike Santana On AEW: “I Was Part Of That Legacy”

Although his time with AEW is now over, Mike Santana has spoken fondly on his time in the promotion, revealing that there was offers from both AEW and WWE when he departed TNA (H/T Chris Van Vliet):

“Oh, yeah [there was interest from WWE]. When our contracts were coming up with TNA, there was interest with AEW and WWE. We had spoken to WWE extensively and they made it very hard for us to turn them down. But our thing was…so Cody was the one who hired us, right, and we had already before anything we had spoken a while back and we had given Cody our word before, and our word is everything. So by that point, they [AEW] asked, ‘Hey, have you signed anything?’ And we’re [he and Ortiz] like, ‘No, but we gave our word and we would like to stick to that’. At the time we both had young children and we wanted to see them grow up and the schedule was much easier with AEW. Plus the opportunity to be part of history, be a part of something that was brand new and fresh, and be at the ground level. And honestly, like even now, I could honestly say I was part of that legacy and part of that history no matter what. People could always go back to the very first show, the very first main event. My name is there so I’m happy with that.”

First appearing for All Elite Wrestling at the 2019 All Out, Mike Santana - alongside long-time partner Ortiz - was a pillar of the company’s tag team division, joining Chris Jericho’s Inner Circle as founding members and being involved in numerous high-profile matches and angles as a result, though the AEW World Tag Team Championships never came their way to much public scrutiny from critics. In the final months of his AEW tenure, Santana and Ortiz battled amongst themselves after almost two years of reported friction.