What's the story?
Former WWE star Big Cass, now wrestling on the independent circuit as CaZXL, recently spoke with Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet on a number of topics including his time in WWE, his battle with depression, and mistakes he made during his WWE run.
During the interview, Cass spoke candidly about how much alcohol he was drinking before he was released from WWE, and how it impacted his life and professional career.
In case you didn't know...
Big Cass was released from WWE back in June of 2018, and after his release, Sports Illustrated reported that Cass was released due to behavioral issues, including public intoxication during a WWE tour. The report added another factor leading to Cass' WWE release was when the big man disobeyed direct orders from Vince McMahon and went "off script" during a SmackDown Live segment.
The heart of the matter
In a new interview conducted with Ryan Satin of Pro Wrestling Sheet, Big Cass, real name William Morrissey, revealed he was drinking heavily prior to his WWE release.
“I’ll tell you this — I’ve never said this on record — I’ll say it here … before the seizure, every day I was drinking a handle of Tito’s vodka," revealed Cass. "Every [expletive] day. A whole handle. You can ask my Drizly driver. He can attest to it."
Cass also addressed his battle with depression during his WWE run, and feels there is not enough dialogue being created about depression in sports and pro wrestling.
"I feel like not enough people talk about it, especially in sports or wrestling," said Cass. "If you suffer from depression, you bury that deep deep down and you don’t let anybody see it — or you don’t talk about it — it’s the worst thing you can do. Everybody’s embarrassed or there’s a stigma out there that you’re weak, or that you’re a ‘p*ssy.’ So you don’t say anything and you keep it to yourself and you don’t go seek help. Whether that’s talk therapy or cognitive behavioral therapy, or see a psychiatrist, or whatever it is … people don’t do it. And then that just leads to disaster.”
Big Cass has been wrestling on the independent scene since his release from WWE, and it remains to be seen whether or not Cass will one day end up back in the company which provided him numerous years to shine alongside his tag team partner Enzo Amore.
Would you like to see Big Cass return to WWE? Let us know in the comment section!Published 31 Jul 2019, 08:32 IST