In a masterful display of resilience and craft, Orange Cassidy reinforced his stature as AEW's cornerstone, marking his 28th consecutive successful defense of the International title on "AEW Rampage." As AEW rides a wave of momentum heading towards their much-anticipated mega-event at the iconic Wembley Stadium, the action last Friday was nothing short of intense.
Colombus, Ohio, witnessed a thrilling bout between Cassidy and the promotion's new acquisition, Johnny TV—previously recognized as John Morrison in other circuits.
QTV Interference Challenges Cassidy
Yet, the night wasn’t just about skillful athleticism.
The proceedings were marred by the interference of the QTV entourage. QT Marshall, alongside his cohorts Aaron Solo and Harley Cameron, tried to tilt the scales in Johnny TV's favor with their antics. However, justice was served when official Bryce Remsburg decisively ejected the disruptive trio from the ringside.
This decision paved the way for Cassidy to showcase his undeniable prowess. With the distractions set aside, Cassidy unleashed his signature moves—the Orange Punch followed by the Beach Break, sealing his victory with an irrefutable three-count.
This particular episode of Rampage was not just about one-on-one combat. The undercurrents of a brewing storm were evident. Cassidy and his allies, the Best Friends, have been locked in a bitter rivalry with the formidable Blackpool Combat Club over the past few weeks.
Adding layers to this intricate narrative, Wheeler Yuta, once a comrade of the Best Friends, marked his presence by joining the commentary desk, offering insights during the latter half of Cassidy's match. The post-match scenario was laden with tension.
Jon Moxley and Claudio Castagnoli, without uttering a word, ominously surrounded the ring. Their intentions, initially perceived as hostile, took an unexpected twist. Instead of an assault, the spotlight shifted to Yuta, who boldly stepped up, laying down a challenge to Cassidy for the coveted International title. The stage is now set for an electrifying confrontation on the upcoming "AEW Dynamite."