Orange Cassidy has set a record for the number of successful title defenses he has had as the AEW International Champion.
The AEW International Championship was on the line at Battle of Belts VII in Calgary as Orange Cassidy defended his title against a tough challenger in Lance Archer.
When it comes to AEW, they are not known for having countout finishes, but that’s what happened in the Cassidy-Archer match. After the two men were fighting on the floor, the referee was counting as they exchanged strikes on the apron. Orange Cassidy punched Archer, who bumped from the apron to the floor. After Orange punched Archer, Orange went back into the ring to beat the referee’s ten count while Archer was unable to get back in the ring before the ten count.
That countout victory by Orange Cassidy was historic because it was the 26th consecutive successful title defense as the International Champion. Going into the match, Orange was tied with former TBS Champion Jade Cargill at 25 consecutive successful title defenses. Now, Orange holds that record by himself.
Orange Cassidy won the All-Atlantic Championship on October 22, 2022. On March 8, 2023, AEW decided they didn’t like the name of the title, so they decided to call it the International Championship instead. That means Orange has held the championship with two names for nearly nine months, which is over 270 days at this point.
We don’t know what Orange thinks about having this record, but he may do a thumbs up and say…whatever. Congrats to Orange Cassidy.