AEW President Tony Khan has revealed that Jim Ross called him out during a production meeting over the use of Orange Cassidy.
Orange Cassidy has become one of AEW’s standout stars, garnering huge amounts of fan support for his lethargic personality yet energetic in-ring performances.
“We were in the production meeting the first year and JR, not under his breath, said something about how stupid the whole thing was in the first year and in front of everyone because Jim called me out in front of the entire room.”
“So I said back to him, ‘Jim, this is getting over and it’s doing ratings every time and we’ve barely scratched the surface on what the guy can do, and he’s actually a really good wrestler and I think you should give him a chance and talk to him because he actually is a very intelligent wrestling person once you get to know him, and we have barely scratched the surface on what this guy can do, trust me.'”
Tony Khan then spoke about his own thoughts on Cassidy and how he expected to use him as a manager in the company before realising how talented he was:
“A lot of people might not like it, but frankly, he has become one of our big stars, and that is probably the best example of somebody what I thought they could do coming in because really I thought he was gonna be like a manager mostly coming in.”
“Once I realized how gifted he actually is, I had no idea Orange Cassidy was Fire Ant when I first met him. When I realized that was the same guy and he is a great pro wrestler, then that’s when I came up with the idea to — let’s hide that for 6 to 8 months and not show anyone all the stuff you can do until the first Revolution, and that’s when you make your debut in your first real match, and that’s when you show people you can really wrestle.”