What We Know So Far About Big Cass’ Release From WWE

Big Cass

Just two days after facing Daniel Bryan at Money in the Bank, Big Cass is gone from WWE.

In a brief statement, WWE announced this afternoon that Cass has been released:

Big Cass released

WWE has come to terms on the release of William Morrissey (Big Cass).

WWE did not offer an explanation on his departure from the organization.

According to Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez of the Wrestling Observer, Vince McMahon held a private meeting with Cass at today’s SmackDown LIVE event at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio and fired him. That’s all they know so far.

Cass’ release comes a little over a month after he pissed off WWE officials by refusing to go along with a directive from McMahon for an in-ring segment on SmackDown LIVE.

On the May 1st episode from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Cass called out Bryan in an in-ring promo ahead of their match at Backlash. When Cass called for Bryan to come to the ring, a little person wearing Bryan’s ring gear walked down the ramp. Cass then made a bunch of “short” and “little” puns before knocking down the fake Bryan down with a kick. That was all according to plan.

Cass’s idea for the segment, though, was to go a little further and rough the little person up with some punches, according to a report by Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet. He asked people backstage if he could do that and was told no, according to the report, and then went over their heads and asked McMahon for permission. Vince shot him down, too, but Cass didn’t listen. He ended up hitting the impersonator with a flurry of fists anyway.

“Sources tell us backstage officials were very unhappy and it landed the recently returned wrestler in hot water,” Satin reported.

Over on Twitter, Meltzer said that he “knew more punishment” was coming for Cass because of the incident, but he didn’t expect him to be fired.

Meltzer added that Cass’ release is “what everyone thinks it is” and that it’s not part of a talent purge.

According to @WrestleVotes on Twitter, which has broken multiple WWE stories since last year, Cass recently “pissed someone off bad.”

Cass had been under contract to WWE since 2011 as he joined the company’s developmental program in Florida that year. He was initially a singles wrestler known as Colin Cassady but found his greatest success in NXT when he joined forces with Enzo Amore and eventually changed his name to Big Cass.

The seven-footer from Queens, New York and his 5’11” tag team partner developed into one of the most popular acts in WWE, and they appeared to be on the fast track to superstardom upon making their main debut the night after WrestleMania 32 in April 2016.

Cass turned heel on Amore last year, however, and suffered a torn ACL shortly thereafter, which caused him to miss eight months of in-ring action.

Cass returned to action in April as a member of SmackDown LIVE and immediately set his sights on Bryan. Bryan recently returned from injury as well and Cass made it his mission to prove that “a good big man always beats a good little man.”

Cass was the runner-up to Braun Strowman in the 50-Man Greatest Royal Rumble Match in April, and he then had matches against Bryan at Backlash and Money in the Bank but tapped out both times.

With Cass gone from WWE, he can team with Amore again. WWE released Amore in January and he is now free to work for any wrestling organization.