Ortiz Of The Inner Circle On Nearly Losing A Finger During Stadium Stampede

The Inner Circle at Double Or Nothing 2021 after winning the Stadium Stampede match

Ortiz of The Inner Circle has discussed the faction’s epic entrance for their Stadium Stampede match against The Pinnacle, and how he nearly lost a finger in the process.

The second-ever Stadium Stampede match took place as the main event at AEW Double Or Nothing 2021, and would see the two teams brawl all around the stadium. To add extra spice to the match, if The Inner Circle lost then they would be forced to disband.

In a conversation with Digital Spy, Inner Circle members Santana and Ortiz recently discussed their entrance for the match which saw the five men rappel from the top of the stadium on to the field to face MJF’s Pinnacle faction.

Santana talked about being told he would be the first to head up to the roof, and the process of getting hooked up for the stunt.

They took each of us one by one to stand up there and hook us in. It had to be the two biggest people at each end. So I remember the guy that was rigging us he goes, ‘Alright, so who’s going to be first to go up?’ [Jake] Hagar looks at me, he’s like, ‘Brother, that’s you, that’s all you.

So I had no choice but to be the first one to go up. I remember going up there and I was standing up there by myself and then the rigger went back down and left me there by myself and my whole life was just flashing because I was like, ‘I’m really up here about to propel down maybe like 100 feet or more. This is my life right now, holy s**t.’

Ortiz went on to discuss how the entrance almost went horribly wrong for him when he tried to grab one of the cables, however acknowledged that he still would have continued if he’d lost a finger as they only had one take.

I wasn’t wearing gloves. So when I jumped, out of instinct I grabbed the rope in front of me. But you have this carabiner hooked up and it’s like this thick metal carabiner, so with the slack of me getting pulled up, it cut my finger.

So I actually wrestled the rest of Stadium Stampede with a bandage around my finger and it cut pretty deep – it left a scar. But I was like, ‘Man if I would have grabbed it differently my finger would have just went flying off but I would have had no choice but to do the entrance because it was one take, that’s it. But yeah, luckily I didn’t lose my finger.

The match ended with Sammy Guevara pinning Shawn Spears, in a contest which has helped Double Or Nothing 2021 maintain its position as the second highest viewed pay-per-view in AEW’s history.