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Big Cass released from WWE


Big Cass has been released from WWE.

WWE announced the following on their website: “WWE has come to terms on the release of William Morrissey (Big Cass)”. No further explanation was given regarding his departure from the company.

Dave Meltzer notes that Vince McMahon called a private meeting at SmackDown in Toledo today and fired Cass.

Pro Wrestling Sheet reported last month that Big Cass got heat after going off script in a segment where he was to beat up a little person who was dressed up like Daniel Bryan. According to the report, officials only wanted to have the performer laid out with a big boot. Cass wanted to do something more physical, and despite Vince McMahon telling him otherwise, Cass pummeled the performer with punches. The footage was later edited off social media sites. 

Despite the reported heat, he had continued his feud with Bryan over the last month, culminating with their match at Money in the Bank where Bryan submitted Cass.

Cass first signed with the WWE in 2011, working both in Florida Championship Wrestling and NXT. He was paired with Enzo Amore while in NXT and was called up to the main roster in 2016. After splitting with Enzo last year, he had been working as a singles wrestler. He had just returned to in-ring action in April following a torn ACL back in August.