After the surprising news yesterday of Big Cass, real name William Morrissey, being released by WWE just two days after suffering his second straight pay-per-view loss to Daniel Bryan at Money In The Bank, many members of the WWE Universe have wondered what exactly led to the seven-footer being let go.
According to Dave Meltzer of The Wrestling Observer, WWE Chairman Vince McMahon called a meeting at yesterday at SmackDown Live and fired the big man. Additionally, Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated’s Extra Mustard is reporting that Cass also had been drinking to the excess during the company’s European Tour and having a poor attitude while under the influence. It’s being said that this is a reason WWE had soured on him, as public intoxication is something that the company frowns upon.
There’s also been talk that Cass’ attitude backstage has been a bit of a problem for some time now and Mike Bucci, also known as former WWE Superstar Simon Dean (Nova and Hollywood Nova in ECW), stated the following on Facebook yesterday regarding the seven-footer’s release:
“A former wrestling co-worker of mine from back in my WWE days was backstage at a show about a year ago and Big Cass big dogged him and asked him to leave the locker room. If their paths cross again on the indys, I hope I’m there to see my old buddy return the favor.”
According to WrestlingInc, they reached out to a source that stated Cass was getting a little too comfortable with his on-screen character and had been starting some conflicts with others backstage. It was also said he had been trying to make up for getting himself in hot water by “playing politics”.
EA’s Take: All of this kind of puts me between a rock and a hard place because Meltzer and Barrasso have both been known to be more “Let’s throw crap at the wall and see what sticks” or provide some false information, whether on purpose or not. However, a lot of this, if not all of it, makes complete sense. Cass was always pegged as a guy that could be a star (no pun intended) by the company due to his size and we saw indications of that going back to the split of Enzo and Cass last year. Plus, they put him right into a feud with the company’s most loved babyface upon his return, so you know they wanted to get the guy over. Therefore, they were obviously going to give him every opportunity to make something of himself. As anyone who’s ever been a part of the wrestling business will tell you, it can do crazy things to people and it looks like that’s the case here. Unfortunately, he just couldn’t get out of his own way and acted like a top guy before getting there and it cost him.
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