AEW President Tony Khan is a big fan of Orange Cassidy, but he didn't want the AEW star to showcase all of his talents from the start.
For months, Cassidy has primarily served as Best Friends' third guy, appearing ringside in their matches, but rarely doing much inside the ring. That is until earlier this year when he started doing more moves on television and having singles matches. In an interview with the New York Post, Khan said not having Cassidy do much was by design.
“I was like, ‘oh my God, like that’s it.’ He can do all these things and sometimes he doesn’t bring them out until later in a match. What we need to do is hide those things as long as possible. People don’t realize he can do those things and so the long-term idea was he would be like a manager, a character, a variety character on the show and then when the time was right, we’d put him in a big program, a pay-per-view. He would have his first match as a singles star and that would be the beginning of the story and the breakout," Khan said.
Khan did mention that there was a time where Cassidy did a stunner in a match and Khan talked to him about backstage, telling him to save that kind of stuff for much later.
“There was a six-man tag where he (Cassidy) did a couple of things and when he got through the curtain I was like, ‘What are you doing?’ ” Khan said. “He’s like, ‘I did a stunner.’ You did the Stun Dog and I’m like ‘Save all that stuff man.’ ”