Santana has clarified why he hasn't been present on the last two episodes of AEW Dynamite.
Taking to Instagram, Santana grieved his step father recently passing away, which explains why he hasn't been on Dynamite the past two weeks. Santana initially missed the December 2 episode and then the Thursday tapings the following day, which is the episode that aired last night, December 9.
Santana wrote the following:
This year has literally tried to break me in half…It’s like I’ve been hit with every knockout punch life has, but my pride won’t let me go down. I’ve been waiting to wake up from this nightmare since Jan 1st, but truth is, there’s no waking up from life. There’s only taking it on the chin and moving forward. Last week, my family and I suffered another huge loss with the sudden passing of my step father. I can go on forever about what this man meant to my family and I. My respect for him was infinite and I will forever be grateful for the love and admiration he had for all of us, but most of all, the love and respect he had for my mother. As a kid, he’d always encourage me to follow my dreams. He worked his ass off everyday to make sure we always had what we needed. Just the true definition of a working family man. I can never repay you for what you did for us. But I will continue our job of holding down the family and taking care of mom. Thank you for all the memories, lessons, advice, understanding, and love. It’ll be with me forever. Love you, Jose. RIP
Ps. Thank you to all the family, friends, and peers who have reached out to offer their love and support.
And thank you to the fans who have expressed their concerns but have given my family and I respect/privacy during this time. Thank you.
Bodyslam.net initially reported that Santana missed the shows due to personal reasons.
He is scheduled to be back on television next Wednesday when he competes in a 14-man tag team match alongside the rest of the Inner Circle.
Fightful would like to extend our condolences to Santana and his family.