The Inner Circle (Chris Jericho, Jake Hager, Sammy Guevara, Santana, and Ortiz) lost to The Pinnacle (MJF, FTR, Wardlow, and Shawn Spears) in the Blood and Guts match on last week’s episode of Dynamite.
On this week’s episode of Dynamite, Santana was missing from the show during the latest angle between the two factions, which resulted in MJF accepting the challenge to another match with the Inner Circle. He said it would be a Stadium Stampede match at Double or Nothing but the Inner Circle would break up forever if they lost.
During the review of the show on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio, Bryan Alvarez brought up the storyline reason that Santana wasn’t there, which was that he was put in jail for trying to stab MJF with a fork last week. It turns out that Santana is sick so AEW took precautions and didn’t bring him to the show.
Dave Meltzer stated, “the actual thing is that Santana was sick. When someone is sick right now…I mean two years ago he’d probably be there, but you don’t take risks now. So, that’s what happened.”