Speaking to Jeremy Lambert & Joel Pearl on the “In The Weeds” podcast, Mike Santana talked about his split from Ortiz as an AEW tag team.
Santana announced on the September 8 episode of AEW Rampage that he will be going solo, indicating that his partnership with Ortiz has ended. This led to a social media exchange between the two wrestlers, where they shared their side of the reasons behind their split and addressed reported problems between them. Santana said,
“In life, there come moments where you look back at everything and are like, ‘This was cool and great accomplishments that we did, but sometimes you want more.’ Sometimes, you don’t want to be comfortable. I’m the type of person where comfortability makes me uncomfortable, and I like that. Wrestling, just like with any job, you want to progress and you want to get better and move up and be a bigger name and do this and that. For me, personally, I realized that it’s about that time. For me. I’m happy with everything that we’ve done and with the run that we had. It was great. We got to accomplish a lot of things together. We came up together, we helped each other get through a lot of things. Sometimes, things happen for a reason. There is a lot of personal stuff, but that’s between him and me and for him and me to deal with. We decided to be professionals and we have a job. We decided to do that job. Did I initially want to do it? No, I didn’t feel like there was a need for me, personally, but we’re pros and we have a job, so let’s do our job and make the best of it and move forward.”
He continued, “Yeah, but I was feeling like that way before the injury. I was just not in a good place mentally with anything. When you have nothing but time to think and sit with yourself, you have to put a lot of shit in perspective and have to make a lot of decisions. For me, personally, everything happened the way it needed to. I look at this injury and everything, from my dad passing away, from the struggles at work, everything happened the way it needed to happen to get me to where I am today. Today, I am the best version of myself that I’ve ever been. It is what it is. Sometimes you have to go through the shit to get to the light. The injury itself, it did a lot to me. It was definitely one of the things that it opened my eyes to. We all have a window in this business. I’m 32 years old. I’m not old, but I ain’t exactly that young either. I want to make the absolute most of my time and truly make the best of it. I want to be able to look back and be like, ‘I did that’ and be content and happy with what I’ve done. At the end of the day, my main thing now is growing and having fun doing it. I always said, just like with any job and profession, if you ain’t working to move up or get promoted or be bigger than what you are, what the hell is the point, what are you doing? Not everybody has that same mindset, and that’s okay. I’m just speaking of myself.”
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In a recent interview on the “In The Weeds” podcast with Jeremy Lambert and Joel Pearl, Mike Santana discussed his split from Ortiz as an AEW tag team. Santana announced on the September 8 episode of AEW Rampage that he would be going solo, indicating that his partnership with Ortiz had come to an end. This announcement sparked a social media exchange between the two wrestlers, where they shared their reasons for the split and addressed reported problems between them.
Santana expressed his desire for personal growth and progression in his career. He stated that while he was grateful for the accomplishments and success they achieved together, he felt the need to step out of his comfort zone and strive for more. Santana explained that he is the type of person who thrives on discomfort and constantly seeks improvement. Like any job, wrestling is a profession where individuals want to progress, move up, and become bigger names. For Santana, the time had come to pursue that personal growth.
Despite personal issues between Santana and Ortiz, they both decided to handle their split professionally and focus on their job. Santana acknowledged that there were personal matters involved but preferred to keep those private. He emphasized the importance of being professional and doing their job to the best of their abilities. While Santana initially didn’t feel the need to go solo, he recognized the necessity of fulfilling their professional obligations and making the most of the situation.
Santana also revealed that he had been feeling unsettled even before the injury that led to his split from Ortiz. He mentioned that he was not in a good mental state and had to make several decisions during that time. However, Santana believes that everything happened for a reason and contributed to his personal growth. The injury, along with other challenges such as his father’s passing and work struggles, made him reflect on his life and make necessary changes. Today, Santana feels like he is the best version of himself and is determined to make the most of his time in the wrestling business.
At 32 years old, Santana realizes that he has a limited window of opportunity in the industry. He wants to maximize his time and look back on his career with contentment and pride. Santana’s main focus now is on personal growth and enjoying the journey. He believes that in any job or profession, it is essential to work towards moving up, getting promoted, and becoming bigger than one currently is. Santana acknowledges that not everyone shares the same mindset, but he is speaking from his own perspective.
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