AEW star Sammy Guevara talks Double or Nothing 2021, diversity & Brodie Lee

Being a part of Inner Circle is important to the Texas native but he says diversity and representation keep him humble


Sammy Guevara Photo: Sammy Guevara in the ring. Courtesy of All Elite Wrestling
By: Christina Santi

Sammy Guevara is a Cuban-American professional wrestler who signed to All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in 2019. He began his wrestling career in 2013 training at Reality of Wrestling, a school owned by renowned wrestler Booker T. Prior to becoming a budding star at AEW, Guevara performed with several independent promotions, including the Mexican promotions Lucha Libre AAA Worldwide and Pro Wrestling Guerrilla.  

Last year, after joining the newly created AEW, the rising star became a founding member of the stable The Inner Circle with veteran wrestlers Chris Jericho, Jake Hager and Santana and Ortiz. The AEW faction is set to face off against The Pinnacle led by former Inner Circle member Maxwell Jacob Friedman (MJF).  

Both stables will compete at the third Double or Nothing event in the second edition of the Stadium Stampede matchThe 27-year-old is eager to take the victory against MJF. “Hopefully, I see his face under my boot,” he told BNC Digital Producer John Jervay 

The win is critical for The Inner Circle’s survival. If they lose the match they will have to disband forever, according to Wrestling News.Co  

The Inner Circle previously loss to The Pinnacle after Guevara surrendered on Jericho’s behalf during a Blood and Guts match that took place on May 5 on AEW Dynamite. 

Understanding the significance of this second matchup, Guevara took to Twitter expressing his appreciation for his stable. “Whatever happens this week the #InnerCircle is always my family,” he wrote alongside a picture with himself and Jericho.  

Being a part of Inner Circle is important to the Texas native but he says diversity and representation keep him humble. Guevara’s father is Cuban.  

I’ll have Cuban people come up to me and say, ‘It’s really cool to see you making it. It’s like we’re making it,” Guevara told Jervay. Knowing he is doing something for “his people” is an added push for him to perform at his best.   

In his short time with AEW, he had the privilege of interacting with the late Brodie Lee, a professional wrestler best known for his WWE tenure. Lee died in December 2020 due to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, a rare, progressive condition in which lung tissue can thicken and scar. 

Guevara said Lee’s death serves as a reminder to live every day like it’s your last and to not take things for granted.  

On Sunday, Guevara and his stablemates will attempt to use that mentality to save The Inner Circle in their match against The Pinnacle.  

AEW’s Double or Nothing will be available through Pay-Per-View and streaming services on May 30. For more information check out allelitewrestling.com. 


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