Orange Cassidy is undoubtedly one of All Elite Wrestling’s success stories as the denim-clad combatant has gone from slacker to title contender during the company’s short history. However, Cassidy admits he never thought he’d be as big a star as he has now become.
Cassidy has been a polarising figure in wrestling for years now. With his lackadaisical style either endearing or infuriating crowds on the independent scene. For many viewers of AEW Orange Cassidy has become one of the highlights of their shows, feuding with the likes of Chris Jericho, Miro, and even AEW Champion Kenny Omega.
The man from ‘wherever’ faced Omega for his AEW Championship in a three-way match that included Pac at Double Or Nothing in May. Cassidy came up short on that occasion with Omega being able to squeak by and retain his title.
Now in conversation on Busted Open Radio, Orange Cassidy says he never thought he would achieve this success with typically brief remarks.
“To answer your question without getting too much into it, no. Never ever. I just put a denim jacket on and started wrestling. You know, whatever happened, happened.”
Cassidy was appearing on the show with Best Friend Chuck Taylor as well as Kris Statlander, Taylor added that far from an overnight success, Cassidy has put the hard yards in and is now reaping the rewards, no matter how unlikely that may have once seemed.
“I’ll tell you my favorite part about Orange Cassidy, having known him for more than ten years now. I think everyone thinks, and I’ve never said it before, everyone thinks he’s this overnight success. Like ‘oh wow, and then he was the most popular guy.’ I watched him flounder on the indies in front of fifty people who either didn’t give a sh*t about him or hated him for years upon years. And it was basically just to make us laugh. Seeing what he’s become now is shocking. If you had told me ten years ago ‘oh yeah. You can buy his toy at Walmart’, I’d have been like ‘no. No, you can’t.’”
Orange Cassidy will team with Kris Statlander to face The Bunny and The Blade at AEW Road Rager, which will be AEW’s first show outside the confines of Daily’s Place for over a year. For Cassidy, the return to the road in front of fans can only be a good thing, as he hopes to wrestle less and go back to doing things at his own speed.
“I had to wrestle more, which I wasn’t a fan of. But luckily during that time, a bunch of people like Chris Jericho and the great Brodie Lee, they p*ssed me off hard enough to make me actually wrestle. Now that the people are back I can, you know, get back to doing what I want to do, which is more of nothing.”