“We would not be able to Raise Our Children” – AEW Superstar Reveals the Reason for not Joining WWE

Published 10/25/2020, 11:22 AM EDT


Santana and Ortiz are currently working with AEW, and are a prominent part of their tag team division. However, things would have been different if they went ahead with William Regal’s advice.

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In a recent episode of Talk is Jericho, Chris Jericho invited Santana and Ortiz as his guests. They opened up about their conversation with Regal who almost convinced them to join WWE.

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“We were talking with Regal for a few months. They told us they were really interested in having us. They had seen what we were doing with Impact and on the indies as we were working a lot with Progress and WXW. We kept it real with Regal. I also appreciated that he kept it real with us. He told us, ‘no decision is a wrong decision right now for you guys. You are in a prime spot and be smart about it and whatever you feel is the best, you do what is right for you and your family.’”

The company had agreed to give the two pro wrestlers what they wanted, but they still went forward with AEW.

“It definitely was a tough decision. We made the decision to go to AEW. We start to tell Regal that and he could sense what we are saying and he says, ‘Stop. If you haven’t put pen to paper yet, then just keep me informed but if there is something else that you want or you need from us, and we can make it work, let us know.’ The conversation before that, we told them, this is what we want and this is how we want it to go and they said yes to everything.”

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Santana and Ortiz clarify why they chose AEW over WWE

Coming to why the two wrestlers went for WWE over AEW, they gave an honest answer to Chris Jericho. As per them, it was important for them to raise their children while making progress in their professional life.

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“We took the chance because we both have young children, we know back in the old days, you didn’t see your children grow up. We wanted to be dads and raise our kids while still continuing to do what we love to do. Best case scenario (with WWE) would be we blow up and become the best tag team. We would not be able to raise our children.”

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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