TORONTO, ON - AUGUST 8: WWE wrestler William Morrissey AKA Big Cass watches batting practice before the start of the New York Yankees MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on August 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Backstage Update – Why Was Big Cass Fired From WWE?

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We reported yesterday here on eWrestlingNews.com that WWE announced the release of Big Cass, posting a very brief message which said:

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

According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Big Cass was fired from WWE due to multiple incidents and not one certain reason.

We previously reported here on eWn that Cass was in the doghouse primarily due to an incident in which he went off script, against not only the direction of road agents/producers, but Vince McMahon himself. The fact that the message from WWE above is short and to the point and not even wishing him luck in the future is likely a good indication that this was not a pleasant parting of the ways.


Sports Illustrated is reporting that Big Cass was apparently drinking heavily during the European tour and allegedly had “ego” and “attitude issues.” According to the SI report, Big Cass was “being intoxicated in public” and causing issues with fans who approached him.


According to Pro Wrestling Sheet, one of the incidents that rubbed people the wrong was on the WWE tour bus chauffeuring talent. According to the site, the “bathroom lock was broken”, but Cass didn’t realize it and thought he was being pranked/ribbed. After being stuck inside for too long, a claustrophobic/angry Cass broke down the door to get out. This meant people had to embarrassingly use the bathroom afterward with no door. As you’d expect, this made some of the riders/talent on the bus unhappy. The site reports that both of these incidents were done in such a short time that it made him look bad.

ORIGINAL: As noted, WWE officially announced the news on Tuesday (June 19, 2018) that they had released Big Cass from his contract. There’s no word yet on what led to WWE making this decision to release him.

Cass had been under contract with the WWE since 2011. WWE issued the following statement:


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


Vince McMahon reportedly called a meeting at SmackDown in Toledo today and fired Cass. There’s speculation that an incident that happened last month may have gotten him in some heat with WWE officials.

Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that Cass upset WWE officials because he went off-script during a segment on an episode of SmackDown Live on the USA Network that involved a little person, who was dressed as Daniel Bryan and ended with Cass beating him down in the middle of the ring.

The original idea was for Cass to hit a big boot to the person and stand tall but he wanted and eventually did a spot where he hit the big boot then connected with several punches.

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