You know the standard build for a professional wrestler. They’re either 6’5″, 250 pounds, built like a tank, or they’re 5’10”, 195, with gymnastics and acrobatics that would make Cirque du Soleil envious. Oh yeah, and a wrestler might or might not wear a mask.
That being said, there are also wrestlers who can “get over” with the fans based on their charisma, on their gimmick, on their ability to “tell a story” in the ring.
And then there’s Orange Cassidy.
Orange Cassidy, for those of you who are currently scratching your noggins, is one of the featured wrestlers for the new professional wrestling circuit All Elite Wrestling (AEW). The show’s flagship telecast, AEW: Dynamite, airs on Wednesday nights at 8:00 p.m. on the TNT cable channel. And among all the talent AEW has acquired – two of the best luchadores in Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr.; veteran talent like Chris Jericho and Cody Rhodes; and international superstars like Kenny Omega and Jon Moxley; Cassidy stands out because of his gimmick.
He wrestles like it’s the very least thing he could do.
And the fans love it.
Take a look at Orange Cassidy as he partcipated in AEW’s All or Nothing Battle Royale from earlier this year. Cassidy is the wrestler who wears sunglasses and faded jeans, and wrestles with his hands in his jean pockets. And as you can see, his opponent, Tommy Dreamer, doesn’t really know what to make of this kid.
This is hilarious. The guy’s laying in kicks and the fans and announcers are treating them as if they were Shinsuke Nakamura “strong style” superkicks.
Essentially, Orange Cassidy plays this “sloth” gimmick to perfection on the indie wrestling circuit, as you can see from this match against Devin Cassidy. This is an eleven-minute video, and Cassidy wrestles with his hands in his pockets (and sunglasses on his nose) for the first four minutes. Wow.
Of course, if you can play along with the gimmick, like fellow AEW wrestler Joey Janela can, it’s funny as hell. This is from May of this year, as Orange Cassidy meets – “Tangerine?”
Currently Cassidy is part of a wrestling stable in AEW, working with the team of “Best Friends,” Chuck Taylor and Trent. Most times he shows up with them as moral support, but on occasion, he’ll get in the ring. Heck, look what he can do with a guy like Q.T. Marshall. And yes, the Best Friends are dressed up like Rick and Morty this week. Don’t ask me to explain this. I can’t.
Let’s put it this way. The kid’s a cultural icon. He’s even got Orange Cassidy fans at ringside. Check out this one kid who charmed the wrestlers that night, and was allowed into the ring to meet his heroes. And yes, he’s decked out with the full Orange Cassidy gear – ripped jeans, hands in pockets, the works.
Now the thing is … Orange Cassidy is so over with the fans, he’s a hit with the crowd – but what do you do with him? Do you put him in a title match against Chris Jericho? I mean, it would be a great card – “A Little Bit of the Bubbly” versus “Freshly Squeezed,” it’d be a mimosa like no other – or do you keep him in the midcard, maybe have him take on Joey Janela in a rematch of their “Orange versus Tangerine” battle from the indies?
Heck, Orange Cassidy has worked some intergender matches – would he be able to handle the AEW Women’s Champion Nyla Rose? Or maybe top contenders like Riho or Dr. Britt Baker DMD?
I don’t know and I don’t care.
Because right now, the best thing on AEW – okay, besides Jericho, Moxley, Omega, the Young Bucks, SoCal Unlimited, Dustin Runnels, Cody Rhodes, Dr. Britt Baker, Riho, Nyla Rose, Rey Fenix and Pentagon Jr. – is this kid, Orange Cassidy.
Say it with me, kids … “Freshly squeezed! Freshly squeezed!! Freshley squeezed!!!”