Orange Cassidy is still International Champion, and he is still going strong with that title in AEW. His matches quickly became some of the most engaging in the company, because you never know when he will lose the title. Time after time, Orange Cassidy emerged as champion, and to this day, he continues to impress fans.
Orange Cassidy will not defend the International Title at All In London, because he is in the Stadium Stampede match. That being said, Freshly Squeezed really doesn’t remember his individual matches as champion.
While speaking to Denise Salcedo, Orange Cassidy was asked about this reign as International Champion. Much like most of his thoughts, he had a unique experience as champion.
“When I won the All-Atlantic Championship, it was called that before the International Championship, I really think the goal was just to beat PAC and take that title from him. It didn’t have an identity. It was a new championship, and I didn’t know what to do with it. So I just did what I thought I needed to do, and that was defend it as much as possible. There are championships in this company that are able to be defended against a certain group of people, like let’s call them the top five of the roster, those upper echelon people. The idea of having a championship that I could fight against the people that aren’t on television all the time, to not have a spotlight on them all the time, and that they are able to show what they can do. Because as we all know, AEW’s roster is very large, and there are tons of people that are just waiting for that opportunity to show what they can do because they’re all very talented. I was able to do that with this championship. I feel that this should be that. I think it should be something that we can show, ‘Hey, we all can do it.’ That’s what I’m most happy, that I was able to make this championship identify as.”
When asked about his favorite matches during his reign, Orange Cassidy had a rather unique perspective. He mentioned that he prefers not to focus on the matches themselves, but rather the physical toll they took on him. Cassidy recounted the intense encounters he had with formidable opponents like Big Bill, Jake Hager, Daniel Garcia, and other wrestling stars, emphasizing the lasting impact those battles had on his body.
“I never like getting beat up, so I know none of them are my favorite. But it is interesting that the championship was, it started on Rampage. I defended it a lot on Rampage against a lot of those guys that we were just taking about. Everyone gave me a tough time, and then it slowly crept its way onto Dynamite. Then I started wrestling the Big Bills and the Jake Hagers, and then I started getting in more pain. I don’t remember the matches. I remember the pain that I felt through each one. So my back hurt tremendously because of Jake Hager, Big Bill, Danny Garcia. My hand is still throbbing because of Buddy Matthews. Zack Sabre Jr., he messed it up. I wrestled against Katsuyori Shibata. That’s crazy, right? I shouldn’t be doing that. But I am.”
We will have to see what is next for Orange Cassidy. A few vocal fans were concerned when AEW first signed him. Then Tony Khan was able to introduce Orange Cassidy in a way where he was finally accepted to the point where he has the most successful title defenses during a dingle run in AEW history.
Orange Cassidy has a ton of fans behind him, and he certainly realizes that. Of course, if OC can get through his matches without getting beat up then it’s a huge bonus.
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