Orange Cassidy opens up about his role in developing the identity of the AEW International Championship ahead of the highly anticipated AEW Double or Nothing pay-per-view event.
In a recent interview with Jack Farmer for Wrestling Inc., Orange Cassidy discussed his experiences as the AEW International Champion and his contributions to the title’s identity.
Although he is currently the sole holder of the upgraded International Championship, it’s worth noting that the title he initially won was called the All Atlantic Championship.
Cassidy shed light on the origins of the title and his frequent defenses of the championship:
“I didn’t come up with the idea of getting beaten up every week and defending this thing. When I received the All Atlantic Championship back in October, the original plan was to defeat Pac and finally secure a victory over him. The All Atlantic Championship came with it, and I didn’t really understand the purpose of this title. It lacked a clear identity, but it did have a lineage tied to Pac, who is undeniably one of the best wrestlers in the world.”
He continued, explaining his approach to utilizing the title and showcasing various talents:
“I have nothing to prove to anyone. I’m going to do things my way. However, I previously held the Independent Wrestling Championship early in my career on the independent circuit, and I had a philosophy that if someone wanted a shot, I would give it to them.
“With the AEW International Championship, I wanted to provide an opportunity for individuals who weren’t necessarily ranked number one to showcase their skills on television. I wanted this title to be the prize that others could go after, allowing them to display different styles and a wide range of incredible talent that AEW possesses.
“It’s unfortunate that I’ll have to defeat them all to reclaim the title. This wasn’t something I had planned from the start; it simply unfolded that way.”
Indeed, Cassidy will have to face numerous challenges head-on. This Sunday at AEW’s highly anticipated pay-per-view event, Double or Nothing, he is slated to defend the AEW International Championship against 20 other competitors in an intense International Championship Blackjack Battle Royal.
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