It has finally been confirmed that Colin Cassidy, or Big Cass as he is known in the wrestling world, has been released by WWE six months after his ex-tag team partner Enzo Amore.
At the moment, there are a handful of reasons flying around the internet that have cited his bad attitude, going off script and also the chance he may have rubbed someone the wrong way backstage as reasons for his dismissal. However, whatever he has done must be serious enough to be warranted being fired by the man himself, Vince McMahon just before Smackdown Live. WWE also failed to wish him well when their official statement was released, meaning that it was quite possibly a messy breakup. With his feud with Daniel Bryan now over after Money in the Bank, WWE creative do not have to pen a storyline as to why he is no longer there.
It brings an end to one of the most over tag teams to ever have been brought up through the ranks of NXT. There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that Enzo and Cass were hugely popular with the fans and they remained over right until WWE creative decided to make them go their separate ways. It can be argued that they were lacking in something as they did not win the tag division belts in NXT or WWE, but that cannot be attributed to them but shockingly poor booking. Before they started causing huge heat for themselves backstage, they were solid workers and Enzo’s promo work was more often than not on point.
In the minds of the cynical wrestling fans out there, Big Cass was always going to be given a singles run. He met the requirements of a champion that Vinnie Mac still seems to go for (tall, muscular and sweaty), with many truly believing that Cass had what it takes to be a main event star. However, a poor heel turn and then a stint with the injury bug ruled him out for some months while instead Enzo, surprisingly, went on to become Cruiserweight champion. This always has a negative effect on a wrestler’s momentum and Cass soon fell by the wayside.
As we know, a negative attitude and deviating from the script are some of the things that the WWE will not tolerate and the firing of Big Cass proves this. It’s almost as if Vince McMahon is making an example of him by throwing him out of the door; teaching those in NXT that that kind of behaviour will not be tolerated.
But even with that hanging over his head, he struggled to really get himself over with the fans. His feud with Enzo just after they broke up did not help get him over as a heel; he just didn’t look like one, and without his partner, we soon realised that Cass struggled to cut promos that seemed believable. Although this did improve significantly after his return from injury and during his feud with Daniel Bryan, it may have been too little, too late. With other big men such as Braun Strowman and Jinder Mahal making waves on the roster, Cass would always have a hard time proving to both management and the WWE fans that he was the man to follow.
I think Cass would have benefited from a new gimmick and feuds with some of the veterans of WWE (such as Cena or Jericho) who could help get the man over and make him look good. Cena is known for helping wrestlers get themselves over with the fans and you need look no further for a better example than their 6 man tag match with John Cena. It was obvious to some that once the WWE split Enzo and Cass up, then it was the beginning of the end for both wrestlers. Placing them on RAW was a poor decision when the blue brand needed them to enhance their tag division.
At the end of the day, Big Cass broke the number one rule in WWE and managed to piss off Vince McMahon and the rest of the management team, forcing them to call an emergency meeting and hand him his ass. However, I think this decision was a long time coming. WWE have a huge amount of talent on the roster right now and Big Cass would have just died in the midcard. With no clear plan going forward and poor performances against both Enzo and Daniel Bryan, it is clear why the WWE have let the man go.
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