CaZXL, best known as Big Cass in WWE recently detailed his release from the company, admitting he was expecting the news.
The former WWE Superstar recently on an episode of ‘Insight’ with Chris Van Vliet. During the course of the conversation, the former WWE Superstar spoke his release from the company, and the events that transpired in the follow up to his exit.
Big Cass was seemingly set for big things in WWE. Debuting on the main roster the night after WrestleMania 32 in 2016, Cass alongside Enzo Amore immediately resonated with fans, quickly elevating their way up the card.
Following a 2017 split from Enzo Amore, Cass would begin a singles run with the company, initially funding with Big Show. However, an ACL injury would sideline Big Cass for over 8 months. Upon his return he would feud with Daniel Bryan. However, during this time he was released from the company following an alleged backstage incident.
The release made headlines not only for the departure, but WWE’s exclusion of the standard ‘We wish him all the best in his future endeavors.’ When discussing the topic with Vliet, Cass admits he knew the exit was coming, but felt it was amicable:
“Yeah I had a feeling. I was really acting out and really making a lot of mistakes in a fairly short amount of time. I definitely expected it, that’s for sure. [Chris then mentions the release was 2 days after the Money in the Bank PPV with no future endeavours line, which is usual with WWE releases] Yeah I don’t know what that was about.
I remember the day I was fired. It was a meeting with Vince [McMahon]. Me, him and Mark Carrano were in there for quite a while and we had a really good conversation. The performance was touched upon for about a minute, in terms of Big Cass. That whole conversation was about William Morrissey. I don’t know why the future endeavours wasn’t included, I didn’t look into that. I thought it was amicable when I left the building that day.”
Following his exit from WWE, Big Cass would rebrand himself as Big Cazz, Big C, Big Ca$$ and finally CaZXL. Battles with drugs, alcohol, anxiety and depression would impact CaZXL’s return to the ring, however he credits Diamond Dallas Page for helping the seven footer overcome his demons:
“He helped a lot. He was one of the first people to give me a platform and encourage me to share what I was going through. If I didn’t do that then people can’t relate to it. That was a big first step was me admitting it. I think I admitted it in a promo backstage after I wrestled Jon Moxley. But the video that DDPY put out really got the word out to what I was going through. And it was through Dallas that I met my girlfriend [Lexi Nair, daughter of Dallas Page and AEW Backstage reporter].”
Following a year and a half absence from the squared circle, CaZXL recently made his return to professional wrestling in February 2021. Most recently, he appeared for Luke Gallows’ promotion, Lariato Pro Wrestling Guild.
Credit for Interview: Insight with Chris Van Vliet