IMPACT Wrestling’s W. Morrissey has bravely opened up regarding his previous struggles with addiction, which had previously contributed to his release from WWE in June 2018.
W. Morrissey currently appears for IMPACT Wrestling, last appearing alongside Jordynne Grace as they unsuccessfully challenged for the World Tag Team Championships at the Rebellion pay-per-view last weekend. Before this, however, the real-life William Morrissey was part of WWE’s roster for seven years.
During his time with the company, W. Morrissey was part of a beloved tag team with Enzo Amore, though they were separated in the summer of 2017. Following his release the following year, it was reported by Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso that the former Big Cass was intoxicated on a WWE European tour, while also disobeying orders from Vince McMahon.
Appearing on The Sessions with Renee Paquette, W. Morrissey has bravely addressed his previous struggles with alcoholism, explaining how he was in a bad place mentally after tearing his ACL in August 2017:
“[In] 2017, the drinking was really out of hand, it was easy to hide because addicts, alcoholics, are very good at hiding their alcoholism. So I was hiding it from a lot of people, I got injured and when I came back I was just in a bad place mentally, and not to blame it on medications that I definitely shouldn’t have been drinking with, I guess I just kept drinking and kept f*cking up.
The drinking got completely out of hand to the point where everyone was noticing, there was no hiding it anymore, everybody knew. It’s sad to say looking back but at the time I knew everybody knew and I still didn’t give a f*ck and I was like, ‘I don’t care’. I don’t know what switch flipped in my head but I really gave up spiritually at that point, I was done.
[After being released] initially, it was a small, very small relief because I had known it was coming but that uncertainty can really eat you alive, especially at night when you’re trying to sleep, you kinda know it’s coming but you’re not sure.”
W. Morrissey continued, explaining how without the responsibilities of being an ambassador for WWE at all times, his personal issues got more and more out of hand:
“When I got released, that very small amount of time it was a relief, but the drinking really got outta hand after that point. I had a roof over my head, had plenty of money in the bank, I had no responsibilities anymore, I had no one to keep me accountable, and I was by myself in Tampa, Florida, where no one, none of my friends or family members from back home were around to check on me.
It was a recipe for disaster and it really got bad, and looking back now I’m very fortunate that the consequences – I faced some really bad consequences, but I’m very fortunate that the consequences didn’t end up worse.”
W. Morrissey would later reveal how he obtained the help and guidance of Diamond Dallas Page to overcome his struggles. He later joined IMPACT Wrestling in April 2021, as was exclusively reported by Inside The Ropes’ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy, and has remained there ever since.