AEW International Champion, Orange Cassidy, has emerged as a standout performer in 2023, having competed in more matches than any other wrestler. With an impressive win-loss record of 26-2 across various platforms, including television, house shows, and pay-per-views, Cassidy's dedication and commitment to his craft have caught the attention of his peers.
One such admirer is Matt Hardy, who praises Cassidy's in-ring prowess and draws parallels between him and the legendary Undertaker regarding their dedication to their characters. Speaking on "The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy," Hardy expressed his admiration for Cassidy, hailing him as one of the top performers in AEW.
He acknowledged the difficulty of portraying Cassidy's unique character, emphasizing the commitment and passion required to succeed in such a role. Drawing from his own experience as Broken Matt Hardy, Hardy explained his immense respect for Cassidy, who manages to captivate audiences with his laidback persona.
The Irresistible Persona: Cassidy's Distinctive Style
Hardy believes that even if Cassidy were to abandon his distinctive style and wrestle as a "normal wrestler," he would still deliver outstanding matches. However, the allure of Cassidy's persona resonates with fans and sets him apart from others in the industry.
According to Hardy, Cassidy's confidence in understanding the needs of his character has allowed him to excel, forge connections, and solidify his position as one of the industry's best. Drawing what he calls a "strange connection," Hardy compared Cassidy's relationship with AEW owner Tony Khan to the longstanding partnership between WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and The Undertaker.
Hardy pointed out that their respective bosses trusted Cassidy and Undertaker to deliver exceptional performances consistently. They also embraced outlandish and over-the-top gimmicks, highlighting their similarities. Hardy concluded by highlighting Khan's faith in Cassidy, evident in his decision to include him in a high-stakes 21-man battle royal at Double or Nothing.
This opportunity showcases Khan's belief in Cassidy's abilities and underlines his status as a critical player in AEW. In summary, Orange Cassidy's remarkable track record and unwavering commitment to his character have garnered praise from industry veterans like Matt Hardy.
Comparing Cassidy's dedication to that of The Undertaker, Hardy acknowledges the significance of both wrestlers' ability to entertain and deliver memorable performances, solidifying Cassidy's status as a top talent in AEW.