Big Cass

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Big Cass
Big Cass May 2018.jpg
Cass in May 2018
Birth name William Morrissey
Born (1986-08-16) August 16, 1986 (age 32) [1][2]
Glendale, Queens, New York City [1]
Residence Orlando, Florida, U.S.
Alma mater New York University[3][4]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Big Bill Young[5]
Big Cass
Colin Cassady
Big Cazz
Billed height 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m)[6]
Billed weight 315 lb (143 kg)[6]
Billed from Queens, New York[6]
Trained by Johnny Rodz[4]
Debut August 15, 2009[7]

William Morrissey (born August 16, 1986)[1][2][8] is an American professional wrestler, currently wrestling in the independent circuit under the ring name Big Cazz. He is best known for his time in WWE, under the ring name Big Cass where he formed a tag team with Enzo Amore from 2013 to 2017. Together, they won the NXT Year-End Award for Tag Team of the Year in 2015.

Early life[edit]

William Morrissey[9] was born on August 16, 1986 in the Glendale, Queens neighborhood of New York City. He is of Italian and Irish heritage and attended Archbishop Molloy High School and served as a peer tutor, a homeless shelter volunteer and a National Honor Society member. He played basketball in his senior year and was featured in the Catholic High School Athletic Association Senior Classic All-Star game.[3]

After graduating high school, Morrissey received a scholarship to attend New York University (NYU), he entered the pre-medical track before shifting to studying economics.[10][4] While attending NYU, he played as a center for the NYU Violets from the 2005–2006 to the 2008–2009 seasons.[3] He co-captained the team for his final season.[11]

After graduating from NYU, Morrissey founded a ticket brokerage specializing in events held at Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium.[4][12]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

Early career (2009–2011)[edit]

Morrissey trained as a professional wrestler at Johnny Rodz's professional wrestling school in Brooklyn, New York City. He debuted in Rodz's World of Unpredictable Wrestling (WUW) promotion on May 30, 2009 under the ring name Big Bill Young with the gimmick of a cowboy, accompanying his storyline uncle Billy Walker to the ring.[13] His first match in WUW and in his career as a whole was on August 15, 2009,[14] and he went on to wrestle a number of matches for the promotion before signing with WWE in mid-2011.[5][15][16][17][18][19]

WWE[edit]

Developmental territories (2011–2016)[edit]

In June 2011, Morrissey signed with Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), which was WWE's developmental territory at the time.[20][21] Morrissey made his first televised FCW appearance in July 2011, portraying the dean of the University of Florida.[22] Morrissey wrestled his first televised match under the ring name of Colin Cassady on the September 4, 2011 episode of FCW TV in a disqualification loss to Richie Steamboat.[23] Cassady found no immediate success, losing matches for the rest of 2011 and in early 2012.[24][25][26] Cassady scored his first win on the March 11 episode of FCW TV, defeating Kenneth Cameron.[27] Cassady's final FCW TV match was on July 7 in a win against Aiden English.[28]

WWE rebranded its developmental territory, FCW, into NXT in August 2012.[20] Cassady debuted on NXT television on June 5, 2013 with a loss to Mason Ryan.[29][30] Cassady then formed a tag team with Enzo Amore,[31] who had also previously lost to Ryan,[32] and they labelled themselves "the realest guys in the room".[31][33][34] In real life, Cassady first met Amore at the age of 15, when they played basketball together at West Fourth Street Courts in Manhattan, New York.[10][35] Ryan defeated Amore and Cassady in consecutive singles matches,[36] but lost to them in a handicap match.[33] Ryan ultimately had the last laugh when he caused Amore and Cassady to be attacked by Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai).[34] Amore and Cassady then feuded with Sylvester Lefort and his stable of Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson.[37][38] On the September 25 episode of NXT, Amore and Cassady participated in a gauntlet match for a future title shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship; they started the match and defeated Tyler Breeze and CJ Parker, then beat Rusev and Dawson, before falling to their final opponents, The Ascension (Conor O'Brian and Rick Victor).[39] Amore suffered a legit broken leg in November 2013, which led Cassady to try his hand at singles competition, feuding with Aiden English.[12] Amore returned on the June 26, 2014 episode of NXT, saving Cassady from an attack from Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis.[40]

Enzo Amore and Cassady being managed by Carmella in March 2015

In early August, Amore and Cassady participated in a NXT Tag Team Championship number one contenders tournament, and they defeated Jason Jordan and Tye Dillinger in the first round, but were eliminated by The Vaudevillains (Aiden English and Simon Gotch) in the second round.[41][42] Lefort and Louis then renewed their rivalry with Amore and Cassady by attacking them and shaving Amore's beard and, as a result, Amore challenged Lefort to a match with the loser's hair as forfeit at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on September 11, where Amore won the match, but Lefort ran away, leaving his partner Louis to lose his hair at the hands of Amore and Cassady.[43]

Amore and Cassady proceeded to form an alliance with the debuting Carmella after the duo had accidentally cost Carmella her hairdressing job as per the storyline, causing her to demand to get a job as a wrestler.[44][45] Carmella had her televised in-ring debut on the October 16 episode of NXT.[46] In March 2015, Amore and Cassady began a rivalry with then NXT Tag Team Champions Blake and Murphy, with the champions insulting Amore and Cassady while attempting to woo Carmella. Amore and Cassady defeated The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara) in a number one contender's match for a title opportunity against Blake and Murphy.[46] Amore and Cassady received their title match at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, but they lost after Alexa Bliss interfered.[47] At NXT TakeOver: London, Amore and Cassady challenged Dash and Dawson for the NXT Tag Team Championship in a losing effort. They were granted another title opportunity against Dash and Dawson in March 2016 at Roadblock, which Amore and Cassady lost.[48]

Tag Team Championship pursuits (2016–2017)[edit]

On the Raw after WrestleMania 32, Amore and Cassady made their main roster debuts and confronted The Dudley Boyz.[49] On the April 14 episode of SmackDown, Amore and Cassady defeated The Ascension in their main roster debut match, advancing in the WWE Tag Team Championship number one contenders tournament.[50] In the finals, Amore and Cassady faced The Vaudevillains at Payback, with the match ending in a no contest after Amore suffered a legitimate concussion during the match.[51] In May 2016, Cassady's ring name was changed to Big Cass.[6] On the June 6 episode of Raw, during the match between Enzo and Cass and The Vaudevillains, Cass witnessed English attempting to injure Enzo in a similar manner of what Gotch did to him at Payback. This led to Cass attacking The Vaudevillains, including executing an East River Crossing on Gotch. At Money in the Bank, Enzo and Cass competed in a fatal four-way tag team match also involving The New Day, Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson and The Vaudevillains for the WWE Tag Team Championship, which they lost. On the July 4 episode of Raw, Enzo and Cass helped John Cena from an attack by The Club, involving themselves in the feud between Cena and The Club. At Battleground, Enzo and Cass teamed with Cena to defeat The Club in a six-man tag team match.

At the 2016 WWE draft on July 19, Enzo and Cass were drafted to Raw.[52] Following Battleground, Enzo and Cass feuded with Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens, losing to them at SummerSlam. On the August 22 episode of Raw, Cass defeated United States Champion Rusev by countout to qualify for the fourway elimination match for the WWE Universal Championship. In that match, which also included Kevin Owens, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, Cass was eliminated by Owens, marking the first time he was pinned on the main roster.

On the November 7 episode of Raw, Enzo and Cass joined Team Raw for the ten-on-ten Survivor Series tag team elimination match at Survivor Series, which Team Raw won. Afterwards, Enzo and Cass started a rivalry with Rusev. On the December 5 episode of Raw, Enzo was lured into a trap by Lana and Rusev. Big Cass lost to Rusev via countout on the Roadblock: End of the Line kickoff show. Cass lost a handicap match against Rusev and Jinder Mahal before teaming up with Enzo to defeat the duo twice, ending the feud.

Cass entered the 2017 Royal Rumble match at number 1 and was eliminated by Braun Strowman. At Fastlane, Enzo and Cass unsuccessfully challenged Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the Raw Tag Team Championship. At WrestleMania 33, Enzo and Cass faced Gallows and Anderson, Cesaro and Sheamus and the returning The Hardy Boyz in a fatal four-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championship, with the Hardy Boyz emerging victorious.

Singles competition (2017–2018)[edit]

On the Raw following Extreme Rules, Cass was mysteriously attacked in the same way Enzo Amore had been before. The following weeks, Cass accused Big Show of being his attacker, which Show denied. On the June 19 episode of Raw, it was revealed that Cass was behind the attacks on Amore and that he faked his own attack in order to lure away suspicion. Cass admitted to this, expressing his frustration during his time teaming with Amore, and attacked him with a big boot, disbanding the team and turning heel for the first time in his WWE career.[53] At Great Balls of Fire, Cass defeated Amore. On the July 10 episode of Raw, Big Cass started a feud with Big Show. On July 31 episode of Raw, Cass defeated Big Show by disqualification when Amore attacked Cass during the match. At SummerSlam, Cass defeated Big Show with Amore being suspended above the ring in a shark cage. The next night on Raw, Cass suffered a legit knee injury, a torn ACL, during a Brooklyn Street Fight against Enzo Amore. Cass underwent surgery and was out of action for eight months.

Cass returned during the 2018 Superstar Shake-up, which moved him to SmackDown. Looking more lean and tanned, he helped Shinsuke Nakamura attack AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan during the April 17 episode of SmackDown.[54][55] The following week on SmackDown, Cass would take Bryan's spot as the guest on MizTV, where it would be later revealed that Cass had attacked Bryan backstage. At Greatest Royal Rumble, Cass would enter the 50-man Royal Rumble match at number 49, where he would eliminate Bryan, lasting until the final two before being eliminated by Braun Strowman. At the Backlash pay-per-view, Cass was defeated by Bryan after submitting to the Yes lock, only for Cass to attack Bryan after the match. During a house show in Germany Big Cass injured his knee, but would return on the May 29 edition of SmackDown after bring medically cleared to compete. He would later unsuccessfully wrestle against Samoa Joe and Daniel Bryan in a triple threat Money in the Bank qualifying match after Joe applied the Coquina Clutch on Bryan.[56] At Money in the Bank, Big Cass lost to Bryan again in a singles match via submission.[57] This would be his last match with WWE, as he was released on June 19.[58] According to Sports Illustrated, Morrissey's release was due to behavioral issues, including public intoxication during a WWE tour and disobeying orders from Vince McMahon.[59]

Return to the independent circuit (2018–present)[edit]

On August 2, Big Time Wrestling announced that Cass, now known as Big Cazz, will make his wrestling return on September 21, after his 90-day no compete clause in his WWE contract expires.[60]

Personal life[edit]

Morrissey is a Republican and a Trump supporter.[61] In real life, he met Eric Arndt (Amore) when they played basketball together at the Cage of Manhattan, New York nearly 10 years before reuniting on NXT in August 2013.[10] Arndt's decade-and-a-half long friendship with him ended after Cass suffered a legitimate knee injury and Arndt was publicly critical of Morrissey for not finishing their match after injuring his knee.[62]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

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