Backstage AEW news regarding Andrade, Santana, and Riho

Via Dave Meltzer of, here are some AEW-related news items from this week’s edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter

* Meltzer noted that there have been talks between Andrade and AEW. At this point, there’s no word on where things stand between the two sides. Andrade doesn’t have a non-compete clause from his WWE release and is free to work for any promotion he wants to.

* On the May 12th edition of AEW Dynamite, MJF said that Santana was “arrested” for using a fork on him during the Blood and Guts match. Meltzer is reporting AEW came up with this storyline because Santana is reportedly dealing with an illness. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, AEW doesn’t take any chances if someone is knowingly sick.

* Riho returned to Japan and that is why she hasn’t been featured on television in recent weeks. Riho’s last appearance was during the AEW Dark: Elevation taping that took place on March 10th.