Morrissey entered the pre-med program at New York University after graduating high school but he gave up on becoming a doctor to chase his lifelong dream of making it in the wrestling business. His first WWE event was a taping of WWE Superstars in February 1992, and he cites Hulk Hogan, Bret Hart and Steve Austin as three of his wrestling inspirations. Between 2005 and 2009, Morrissey played for the NYU Violets men's basketball team, co-captaining the team in the 2008-09 season, while he was also involved in a ticket brokerage business based in New York and New Jersey.
- Florida Championship Wrestling
- NXT Tag Team title chase
- Main-roster call-up
- Big Cass Heel turn and injury
Florida Championship Wrestling
In 2010, Morrissey began wrestling training under WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz at Gleason's Gym in Brooklyn, New York. He debuted in World of Unpredictable Wrestling (WUW), portraying a cowboy character called “Big Bill Young” who was the nephew of veteran wrestler Bad Billy Walker.
One year later, in June 2011, Morrissey was signed by WWE and began working in Florida Championship Wrestling. Given the name “Colin Cassady”, he made his in-ring debut for the promotion in August 2011, wrestling the likes of Big E, Xavier Woods, Jason Jordan and Bray Wyatt during his first year.
In November 2011, he teamed with Corey Graves in a losing effort against Donny Marlow (better known as Tanga Loa) and C.J. Parker for the FCW Florida Tag Team titles.
NXT Tag Team title chase
After FCW was re-branded as NXT in August 2012, Cass was involved in matches against future Superstars such as Neville, Rusev and Baron Corbin on live events. However, it wasn’t until June 2013 that he made his first NXT appearance on television, teaming with Enzo Amore to defeat Mason Ryan.
Enzo and Cass would gradually become one of NXT’s most popular duos, recruiting Carmella as their manager along the way, as they jockeyed for position in the tag team division with the likes of The Ascension, The Revival and The Vaudevillians.
In May 2015, the fan favourites received their first opportunity at the NXT Tag Team Championships, facing Blake & Murphy at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable. However, they were defeated following interference from Alexa Bliss.
Six months later, at NXT TakeOver: London, Enzo and Cass worked their way back into the Tag Team title picture but they were defeated by The Revival. In March 2016, the two teams fought again at WWE Roadblock but Enzo and Cass were defeated in what proved to be their third and final televised challenge for the titles.
In April 2016, the night after WrestleMania 32, Enzo and Cass (without Carmella) were called up to the main roster. They interrupted the Dudley Boyz on their Raw debut and the two teams entered an eight-team tournament to determine new Tag Team title #1 contenders. In the finale at Payback, Enzo and Cass faced The Vaudevillians but the match was stopped after Enzo suffered a concussion.
The duo eventually got their opportunity at the Tag Team titles at Money In The Bank in July 2016, competing against The Vaudevillians, The Club and champions The New Day, but they were unsuccessful.
In July 2016, Enzo and Cass were drafted to Raw and they picked up their first PPV win in WWE when they joined forces with John Cena to defeat AJ Styles and The Club at Battleground. They then lost non-title PPV matches against Chris Jericho & Kevin Owens and The Club, while they were part of the 10-man Raw team that defeated Team SmackDown at Survivor Series 2016.
During that time, Cass was also given a glimpse of life as a singles Superstar when he was part of a Fatal 4-Way elimination match for the vacant Universal Championship on Raw in August 2016. Competing against Owens, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins, Cass was the first to be eliminated by Owens, the eventual winner.
In 2017, with fan support beginning to wane, Enzo and Cass unsuccessfully challenged The Club for the Raw Tag Team titles at Fastlane in March, and they were defeated once again in a four-team ladder match for the titles at WrestleMania 33 in April.
Big Cass Heel turn and injury
After multiple failed attempts to win Tag Team titles, both in NXT and WWE, it was revealed in June 2017 that Cass was the culprit behind an attack on Enzo. Cementing his heel turn, Cass attacked Enzo again and explained that his tag partner had been holding him back from reaching his potential.
At the Great Balls of Fire pay-per-view, Cass defeated Enzo in dominant fashion before going on to feud with The Big Show, who had been supportive of Enzo after the tag team split up. At SummerSlam, with Enzo hanging above the ring in a shark cage, Cass defeated Show.
The following night on Raw, Cass was forced to forfeit a Brooklyn Street Fight match against Enzo after legitimately suffering a torn ACL. It was later confirmed that he would miss the next nine months.
- East River Crossing
- Running big boot
- Empire Elbow
- Stinger splash
Cass grew from 5ft 8in to 6ft 4in in a single summer between sophomore and junior year of high school.
- "Italian Lover" by Raphael Lake (2013-2014)
- "SAWFT is a Sin" by CFO$ ft. Enzo Amore (2014-2017)
- "Can't Teach That" by CFO$ (2017-present)
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