On June 17 at WWE Money in the Bank, Big Cass’ feud with Daniel Bryan suddenly turned one-sided after dropping another match to the former WWE Champion. Two days later, Cass had a meeting with Vince McMahon, who made the decision to release him from WWE.
According to a report by Sports Illustrated, Cass’ release was due to behavioral issues, including public intoxication during a European tour and disobeying orders from McMahon.
“I’m doing good, just living my life right now,” Cass said. “Hitting the gym, waiting for my 90-day [non-compete clause] to end. Anticipating what’s next on my schedule, trying to get myself in the best shape possible. Just living life, I don’t know how else to say it.”
Booker asked Cass how he went from being someone WWE seemed high on to getting released.
“If I’m going to be honest with you, I made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes in a very short period of time,” Cass said.
“I did some things that I shouldn’t have done. I guess the company couldn’t rely on me and couldn’t trust me. Look, I’ll just be honest with you, in my opinion, they made the right decision for them. It was the right decision to get rid of me at that point in time — not to say I won’t be back — but at that point in time, they definitely made the right decision for them.
“To be honest with you, looking at it they made the right decision for me. Everyone makes mistakes, but when you make that many mistakes in that short of a period of time then you lose people’s trust and you’re not reliable anymore.”
Booker then asked Cass if he would have fired himself from WWE.
“Yeah, I would have,” Cass responded. “I definitely would have fired myself. If I was in Vince McMahon’s position, I would have fired myself for sure, 100 percent.”
Cass said that he’s not too familiar with the independent wrestling scene because WWE offered him a contract one year after he began training to wrestle. He plans on resuming his career in the independents in hopes of finding his way back to WWE one day.
“Here’s the thing, I started with Johnny Rodz at his school when I was very young,” Cass said. “I never really got to see what was out there. About a year into my training I got a call from WWE and they signed me. I got signed right away to FCW, so my whole career has been pretty much in FCW and NXT. But I never really got to see what else is out there. There’s a whole world out there right now. I just want to get out there and see what else is going on, but I will be back, obviously, the goal is to get back to WWE.”
With his 90-day no-compete clause over, Cass is now able to wrestle anywhere. Appearing under the ring name Big C, the 31-year-old finally returned to the ring on Friday at a Big Time Wrestling event in Lynn, Massachusetts. He also wrestled for BTW the following night in Hicksville, New York. While his in-ring return is newsworthy on its own, what has people talking is his physical appearance.
Some photos of his in-ring return surfaced on social media and it definitely looks like he put on some weight during his time away from the spotlight.
While Cass still appears formidable due to his immense stature, he appears out of shape by WWE’s high standards. If he commits to improving himself, he can definitely get back into shape in a few months and eventually return to WWE.