Orange Cassidy is a champion once again after last-minute updates forced a change to AEW’s card on Tuesday night.
Just like in previous years, AEW moved this week’s episode of Dynamite ahead by one day due to a change in programming with TBS. Additionally, this episode was especially important for AEW since Dynamite went head-to-head with WWE NXT.
The original line-up for this week’s Dynamite had AEW International Champion Rey Fenix defending against Jon Moxley in a rematch from a few weeks ago.
However, earlier in the show it was announced that Moxley still wasn’t medically cleared to compete and so Fenix defended against previous champion Orange Cassidy instead.
The match followed Cassidy’s typical match formula at first. However, Fenix appeared to hurt his back as the match progressed and Cassidy took advantage with several shots to the spine.
Fenix tried to rally back with some power moves and a few superkicks but each time he tried to land something he clasped his back and winced in pain. These constant gaps in his offense allowed Orange Cassidy to capitalize with an Orange Punch and a modified cradle to pin Fenix.
Orange Cassidy now a two-time champion in AEW
This win makes Orange Cassidy the first two-time International Champion in the title’s history and moves the title back into the position it was in before All Out 2023.
The International Title was in the middle of a controversial match between Jon Moxley and Rey Fenix on the Grand Slam edition of AEW Dynamite on September 20th.
In that match, Moxley suffered a legitimate injury from a botched topé from Fenix at the beginning of the scheduled title match. That injury led to a now-famously botched ending that included referee Rick Knox messing up a three-count and barrage of criticism towards the match, the performers, the official, and the company for how it all went down.