The firing of Big Cass has been the biggest story in wrestling since the news broke prior to WWE Smackdown Live this Tuesday afternoon. Naturally, there have been a ton of different stories and reports flying around trying to get to the bottom of this breaking news situation, so hopefully this can help start to piece things together.
As previously noted, it was Vince McMahon himself who called a meeting between him and Cass backstage, and personally released the seven-foot superstars from his contract. There was an incident last month involving a little person and Cass going into business for himself, that’s been heavily reported on as the primary reason for his firing, but in reality it was the culmination of a bunch of different factors that ultimate spelled the end of his WWE career.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Cass losing in two back-to-back high profile matches, both by submission to a much smaller wrestler, was in no way the original creative plans for his program with Daniel Bryan. The changes were actually made as a punishment in reaction to the “little person incident”, which means if that had been the only negative thing against him, the submission loss at Money in the Bank is likely the last we’d have heard of this situation.
In addition, the Observer is reporting that a few weeks ago Kevin Dunn asked for some time to go over a promo with Cass, which the wrestler allegedly blew off. Not only that, but Cass then ran extra long when delivering the un-rehearsed promo on live television. Vince McMahon apparently hated the segment so much that he fired the writer behind it.
So it was a culmination of the “little person incident”, in addition to blowing off a well-respected executive, on top of behavioral issues during the recent European Tour, combined with a myriad of other issues, backstage heat and damage done to a WWE tour bus that worked together to get him fired.
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