Orange Cassidy reflects on his reign as the AEW International Champion.
AEW introduced the AEW All-Atlantic Championship at AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door 2022. Pac won the title in a four-way match, and he later lost it to Orange Cassidy on the October 12, 2022, episode of AEW Dynamite. AEW subsequently "leveled up" the gold and renamed it the International Championship on the March 15 episode of AEW Dynamite. Cassidy set the new record for defenses of a singles men's title in AEW in January, and he continues to raise the benchmark with every successful defense.
Speaking on Casual Conversations with The Wrestling Classic, Cassidy looked back on winning the title and noted that he initially didn't know what to do with it. He described how the championship didn't have an identity, so he adopted his usual approach by fighting a number of competitors any time and any place. Cassidy starred that he hoped he successfully made that the identity of the title.
“When I beat Pac for it in October last year, it was called the All-Atlantic [Championship], and then we decided to level it up and make it the International Championship. I didn’t really know what to do with it. I didn’t know what it was. My only goal was to beat Pac, and I did. When I beat him, I had this All-Atlantic Championship. So didn’t really have an identity to me, so I wanted to do with it what I do with everything. I just wanted to fight whoever, wherever, and whenever. I have been, and I hope it has that identity now, and I hope wrestling fans were able to see people that they usually wouldn’t see wrestle for a championship on AEW television," Cassidy said.
In the same interview, Cassidy reflected on his match with Katsuyori Shibata. Click here to see what he had to say.
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