Jon Moxley had a lot of praise for one of his biggest rivals in AEW, Orange Cassidy.
One of AEW’s biggest rivalries in 2023 has been between the International Champion Orange Cassidy and the former International Champion, Jon Moxley.
While Moxley is most known for being the only three-time AEW World Champion in company history, the fact that he wanted the International Championship showed how valuable Cassidy made it.
The International Title started as the All-Atlantic Championship in June 2022. Orange Cassidy went on to hold it for 326 days with over 30 successful title defenses until Jon Moxley beat Cassidy at AEW All Out in September 2023. That match also main evented the show, which shows how far the AEW International Championship has come as a main event level championship.
After Moxley lost the International Title to Rey Fenix in a match where Moxley suffered a concussion, Cassidy won it back from Fenix. At AEW Full Gear, Cassidy beat Moxley to retain the International Title to prove that he is the better man in the rivalry.
What WWE Hall Of Famer Did Jon Moxley Compare Orange Cassidy To?
In an interview with Bleacher Report, Jon Moxley spoke about wanting to wrestle Orange Cassidy while also comparing Orange’s title reign to WWE Hall of Famer Bret “Hitman” Hart. Moxley feels that Orange’s incredible run of title defenses was similar to Hart when The Hitman was defending the WWE Championship in the early 1990s.
“I love wrestling Orange Cassidy, I kind of had it in my head that I wanted to for a while. A lot of times, I’ll see things or have ideas or visions and just keep them tucked away in my brain until the time is right.”
“They gave [the international title] to him and he took it upon himself, it was all him choosing to wrestle people who normally wouldn’t get a shot on TV and have a bunch of badass matches every single week, and do this super workhorse, take-on-every-challenger, underdog, babyface, ’92 Bret Hart kind of thing that he did. He turned that International Championship into a thing. He made it into something. And I think I took it to the next level.”
“At a certain point, somebody at a different level has to go after it. So when I put my sights on it, two weeks later, now it’s main eventing a PPV. I gave it maybe that extra step, but Orange put all the work in to get it there. He put in so much work, so I wanted to make sure that this particular chapter ends perfectly. It had to have the perfect ending and I think it did and I hope he would feel that way.”
Up next for Jon Moxley is an AEW Dynamite match with Swerve Strickland on the Winter is Coming episode airing on December 13th. Moxley and Swerve are both 3-0 in the Gold League bracket of the Continental Classic tournament, so it’s a big match for both guys.