Orange Cassidy’s rise in AEW was not expected by some fans. Others who knew him from the indies realized his potential. Tony Khan had a plan for Freshly Squeezed and it paid off.
We previously reported how Khan even told Cassidy to hold off on doing big moves like the Stun Dog before the proper time. Once it was time to show the world what Orange Cassidy could do he received a big push.
Orange Cassidy is now waging war with Chris Jericho on Dynamite, a feud that some fans didn’t expect either. As he spoke to ESPN, Freshly Squeezed explained how his character came about. He was just another wrestler in 2005 like everyone else. Then he developed a persona that not only set him apart, but also made him stand out in ways he probably didn’t expect.
“I guess it was like 2005 or 2006 when I really tried to start to wrestle, and it didn’t matter, like, you know — I was wrestling as another guy that sucked with long hair. “It was one of those things where you like wrestling, so you build a ring in your backyard, and you start to wrestle, and then, you know, no one likes you because you’re a skinny white kid who doesn’t do anything great.”
Cassidy explained his character’s motivations succinctly because he’s never one for long monologues. He’ll wrestle if he has to and it’s also not his fault if he’s good.
“If I have to wrestle, I’ll wrestle. It’s not my fault that I’m good at wrestling. It’s like one of those things, you have a job, you’re good at it, but you know, do you really wanna?”
Chris Jericho and Orange Cassidy will likely battle again. Le Champion had a very good idea for Cassidy recreating Kurt Angle’s classic milk truck segment, only with OJ. We’ll have to see if AEW can pull that off eventually since the set up at Daily’s Place didn’t allow for it.
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