Orange Cassidy, AEW's reigning International Champion, managed to retain his title against Claudio Castagnoli, representing the Blackpool Combat Club, during this week's electrifying episode of "AEW Dynamite." Yet, the spotlight didn’t linger long on his triumphant retention.
As the celebration dust settled, Jon Moxley, Cassidy's arch-nemesis of recent weeks, unleashed a ferocious attack, targeting and tearing at Cassidy's face. As the "Dynamite" episode progressed, Moxley, with a glint of retribution in his eyes, hurled a challenge towards Cassidy.
He proposed a face-off at the anticipated AEW Full Gear event on November 18 in Inglewood, CA. Moxley, who once held the AEW World Championship, remarked bitterly that Cassidy's current reign was merely a twist of fate. Moxley's unexpected injury at the hands of Fenix during "AEW Grand Slam" inadvertently thrust Cassidy into the limelight, robbing Moxley of his rightful shot at the title.
As tension heightened throughout the night, the match was formally cemented: an International title bout at Full Gear.
Titans' Tangled Legacy
It's worth noting the rich history between these two titans of the ring. Moxley's prior hold on the International Championship came about after a gripping and gory battle against Cassidy at AEW's All Out in Chicago, IL.
This victory interrupted Cassidy's impressive 326-day title run. However, showing his mettle, Cassidy clinched the title again on October 10 during the special "Title Tuesday" episode of "AEW Dynamite," earning the distinction of being the first 2x AEW International Champion.
This escalating rivalry reached new heights at the recent AEW Battle of the Belts VIII. With the stage set for Full Gear, fans and aficionados are eagerly awaiting to see if Moxley can reclaim the title or if Cassidy will solidify his legacy further. Whichever way the pendulum swings, the world will be watching.