“He’s 7-foot tall – and you can’t, teach, that!”
It’s the catchphrase uttered about William Morrissey, formerly known as WWE’s Big Cass. While he may be a few inches short of the 7-foot mark, he does have qualities you can’t teach. Mainly, the inner strength to triumph over personal demons.
Cass was paired with Enzo Amore, a pint-sized smack talker who complemented the somber, hulking Cass perfectly. The unlikely duo thrived in WWE’s developmental territory, NXT, but like so many before them, they had limited success on the main roster.
Between Amore’s injuries and the crowded roster full of tag teams looking to break through to the main event, the two soon became afterthoughts. Many believed Cass would strike out on his own, with WWE’s fetish for big men being all the fuel he’d need to start his solo run off.
Sadly, Cass would also fall victim to an injury, hurting his knee and stalling his own momentum. Then, when he came back, he would face numerous issues. At one point, he was being accused of working intoxicated.
Cass would also draw heat from both management and his coworkers. The former occurred when he went overboard in a segment involving a mini Daniel Bryan. After being told to deliver only a big boot, he delivered the boot and a beatdown after. Then, on a bus ride during a tour, he was in the bathroom when the door jammed. Thinking he was being pranked, he broke the door down to get out – meaning no one could use the facilities in private for the duration of the journey.
Cass was released from the company, without even the courtesy of the typical “best of luck in future endeavors” line. Soon after, Cass would battle with alcoholism and even suffer seizures during a show on the independent circuit.
The incident came at the end of 2018 – but for Cass, it was a blessing in disguise. He called it a wake-up call and said it was what he needed to get back on track. Six months later, Cass is free from the depression, frustration, and alcohol dependence that plagued his life.
He’s also shredded – a trim 300 pounds, looking better than ever. He’s been seeing more success on the indies lately, even facing off against Jon Moxley, a man he shared the WWE ring with years back. Cass even reunited with Amore, with the two maintaining the dynamic presence they’d had in NXT. It was almost like they’d never been apart.
Cass showed he could turn his life around. And he also showed that even though people have fallen away from the WWE, it doesn’t mean their life or even their career in wrestling is over. Cass could very well find work in various independent promotions, NJPW, Impact, ROH, AEW, or numerous other companies.
His stature alone makes him an attraction, and when paired with Amore, there’s something magnetic about the duo. Here’s to hoping Cass stays on track throughout 2019 and beyond.