Running October 12-15, New York Comic Con is one of the country's biggest comic cons. I will be "On the Beat" meeting all sorts of celebrities and creators...and wrestlers.
If the picture below looks odd, it's because it is odd. It's also perfectly normal. Such is the world of professional wrestling or at least as wrestler Orange Cassidy sees it.
He made his professional wrewstling debut in 2004 and joined All Elite Wrestling in 2019. Did I just break one of his rules by writing there was life before he debuted in AEW? I'd ask him, but he wouldn't answer or he'd wave me away. That's Orange Cassidy.
What I mean by all of this is kayfabe (or keeping the secrets of wrestling). It's an old school principle not seen much these days. OC keeps complete kayfabe as far as I can tell.
At New York Comic Con, OC acted disinterested. Unlike some celebrities who occasionally are really disinterested at comic cons, OC was simply staying in character and it was beautiful
He's so good, some folks get annoyed, not realizing it is him staying in character. Maybe those not interested in wrestling won't get it. That's okay, too. OC isn't there for those folks. The ones who get it, and there are a lot of us, love his style. Many fans tried to get him to break character, but I never saw even a crack in the exterior.
In the "old" days, you would never see a wrestling bad guy posing happily with fans. It broke the image. It shattered the illusion.
I knew the picture I would get wouldn't be a buddy shot. I was fine with that. To some, this picture looks odd. To me, it is a throwback to great wrestling, just as OC is. I hope he doesn't change.
Go to AllElieWrestling.com for more info on OC and AEW. Check NewYorkComicCon.com for updates and scheduling on NYCC.
Orange Cassidy and me in New York, NY-October 2021.