WWE has released Big Cass just two days after he faced Daniel Bryan at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view. In a one-sentence announcement on its website, WWE said on Tuesday, “WWE has come to terms on the release of William Morrissey (Big Cass).”
The announcement notably did not include any mention of wishing Big Cass well in his future endeavors; the absence of this phrase typically indicates that the wrestler is leaving on bad terms with the company. Naturally, this development shocked fans, especially since it came so suddenly after Money in the Bank. So what exactly happened? Why was Cass fired?
According to Sports Illustrated, it was due to “personal conduct issues,” including the fact that he drank heavily during the recent European tour and was often intoxicated in public.
Pro Wrestling Sheet is also reporting that there were a variety of incidents that upset the company, including Cass breaking down a bathroom door on a bus because the lock was broken.
Apparently, WWE first began to sour on Cass after he went off script during a segment last month. In a May episode of SmackDown Live, Cass ended up beating up a little person who was dressed as Daniel Bryan.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reported later that this segment didn’t play out as it was supposed to. Apparently, Cass was only meant to hit the little person once with his boot, but he asked those backstage if he could take things up a notch and go for a full beatdown. They said no. At that point, Cass went directly to Vince McMahon asking if this would be okay, but McMahon also said no.
Despite having had his idea rejected by McMahon himself, Cass just went ahead and did it anyway. Naturally, this landed him in some major hot water. The YouTube upload of this segment later actually cut off right after Cass dropped the big boot, which is exactly where it was always supposed to end.
This firing comes just five months after WWE released Big Cass’ former tag team partner, Enzo Amore. In that case, it was because the company found out that Amore was under investigation for sexual assault.
When Enzo Amore and Big Cass made their Raw debut in 2016, they were absolutely huge. Hot off of NXT, the two could bring the house down every single night; even the quietest of audiences wouldn’t resist chanting along to their introduction.
But then in June 2017, WWE split up Enzo and Cass, with Cass turning heel. Pretty soon after that, Cass suffered a knee injury that took him out of action for a full eight months.
He finally returned in April 2018 during an episode of SmackDown Live, feuding with Daniel Bryan. At Backlash, Bryan defeated Cass. At the very next pay-per-view, Cass lost to Bryan once again, and during all of this, fans were unsure how much faith the company had in Cass. Fans themselves weren’t sure how they felt, either, feeling as though Bryan really carried those two matches.
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