Only two days after losing to Daniel Bryan in Money in the Bank’s opening contest, Big Cass’ release was announced in an official statement by WWE, who atypically did not wish him the best in his future endeavors.
Considering his increased positioning in the last couple of months since returning from injury and moving to Smackdown, the move is quite surprising.
Big Cass—then known as Colin Cassidy— got his start in NXT as part of a highly entertaining tag team act with Enzo Amore. Despite not winning the tag team titles, the pair became arguably the most popular tandem in NXT.
It appeared that WWE had high hopes for Big Cass from the start of his main roster debut given his inclusion in a Fatal Four Way—along with Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins—for the then-vacant Universal Championship on the August 29th edition of Raw two years ago.
Upon his separation from Enzo Amore, he feuded with and defeated the Big Show before suffering an ACL injury the night after Summerslam.
When he made his aforementioned return to WWE on its blue brand, it was predicted that Big Cass would benefit greatly from working with the likes of Daniel Bryan and others on Smackdown’s stacked roster. Unfortunately, that will not be coming to fruition.