Orange Cassidy signing to AEW brought some immediate worry that his brand of wrestling would sour on TNT. This was not the case at all.
Cassidy captured the attention of AEW’s fans and brought some of the biggest pops of the night at times. Now he is set to face Chris Jericho at Fyter Fest in a match that Y2J is incredibly proud of.
While speaking to AEW Unrestricted, Tony Khan put Orange Cassidy over in a big way. He discussed his rise in AEW and then gave Freshly Squeezed a huge nod of confidence by calling him a genius.
If you look back to 2019, a lot of people don’t remember this,” Khan recalled. “Before there was a Death Triangle and before there was the idea of PAC and the Lucha Brothers vs. Orange Cassidy and The Best Friends, they were already experimenting with this idea trying to set up, eventually, PAC and Orange Cassidy in the matchmaking when I booked PAC and TH2 (The Hybrid 2) in a match with Orange Cassidy and The Best Friends. The idea was to put some backstory out there with PAC and Orange Cassidy for the long run when it was time for Orange Cassidy to finally have a singles match. But we subtly built up for a long time to his first singles match because he was either a manager or he did some six-man tags. And he was in a couple battle royals, but he hadn’t, until Revolution, ever done a singles match.
I remember in Kansas City, I knew that one way or another after The PAC-Kenny Omega Iron Man match that after they went the distance, that Orange Cassidy was going to be coming out to challenge PAC,” Khan recalled. “I had told you before we did it that they’re going to chant, ‘He’s gonna try. He’s gonna try. He’s gonna try.’ The Best Friends are going to hit that line. The jokes gonna be on PAC that he’s gonna try. Just watch, it’s gonna work. And at that catering table, there was some doubt at the table whether this was actually going to work. Boy did that work really well.
An actual genius of a person. If they only knew that his ideas in terms of execution, presentation [and] putting together a wrestling match. He’s such a great technician in terms of bell-to-bell wrestling, but also just in terms of the little details he puts into his character.
Orange Cassidy’s match against Chris Jericho should be a very entertaining ride for fans. We’ll have to see how WWE NXT counter programming Fyter Fest with the Great American Bash will hurt viewership.
Chris Jericho will likely have no problem reminding fans that all advertisers care about is the ratings which AEW is still winning every week.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote