Former WWE star Big Cass, now known as Caz XL, is set to make his IMPACT Wrestling debut imminently, Inside The Ropes can confirm.
The seven-foot star, who recently returned to wrestling after successfully battling addiction, is IMPACT-bound after returning to the ring at former IMPACT Tag Team Champion ‘The Big LG’ Doc Gallows’ Lariato Pro Wrestling event in February. The return marked the first public appearance of Big Cass since September 2019 – with the seven-foot-tall star returning to a standing ovation from the crowd to save former tag team partner Enzo Amore, now known as nZo. He’s since appeared alongside Melina on the indies.
IMPACT Wrestling’s Rebellion pay-per-view tonight sees AEW Champion Kenny Omega and IMPACT World Champion Rich Swann clash – but may very well see a Caz XL debut as well, with sources stating to ITR that the larger-than-life star is set to debut either as soon as tonight or on an upcoming episode of IMPACT’s weekly programming.
— “The Big LG” Doc Gallows (@The_BigLG) February 28, 2021
Cass was released from WWE in June 2018, and has been vocal about fighting his own personal battles outside of the ring – even enlisting the help of WWE Hall of Famer Diamond Dallas Page while discussing his fight with depression and anxiety.
“When I was with WWE I had responsibility. I had to get on a plane every Saturday and do house shows and then go to TV. Once that responsibility went away, I had an apartment to live in, I had money in the bank, I had a car, I had everything I needed. I had no motivation to do anything. So I just drank all day after my release.”
“I think I had a problem way before. The release gave me the opportunity to live that way with no responsibilities, which is a horrible thing for an addict. 2017 was when it started to go downhill. You’re wearing a mask, you’re hiding and you’re making everybody think you’re ok. You drink in your room and you make sure that nobody sees you. There were so many things going on mentally, I was really struggling but I didn’t want to say anything. It shouldn’t be embarrassing but I was embarrassed and humiliated. I guess there’s a stigma around mental health, which is ‘toughen up’. Especially in wrestling or any kind of tough person business. It was telling myself ‘Just toughen up.’ But that’s the wrong way to go about things.”
Cass was part of the precursor to NXT, Florida Championship Wrestling from July 2011. In 2013 he made his NXT debut before going on to have a hugely successful run on the black and gold brand with tag team partner Enzo Amore. The duo made their main roster debuts on Raw in 2016 and went on to become favourites with the WWE Universe. The pair of Enzo and Cass split up in the summer of 2017 before Cass suffered a serious knee injury that kept him out of action for the next eight months. Upon his return to action in 2018 Cass was moved to SmackDown where he began a feud with Daniel Bryan. Two months later, Cass was released from his contract before returning to the ring this year.