Colin Cassady wasn't Big Cass' choice for a ring name, but in a recent interview, he revealed the reason why he got the name.
In a recent appearance on Talk is Jericho, Big Cass, real name William "Bill" Morrissey, said he wanted to have the last name Costigan in his ring name because of his favorite movie. Cass said once Dusty Rhodes, who had been instrumental in many of the NXT stars who are on the main roster's development, gave some thought about Colin Cassady, the name stuck.
"I really liked the last name Costigan because my favorite movie is The Departed and Billy Costigan is the character in the movie. That's [Leonardo] DiCaprio, Billy Costigan. I really liked that last name and I was really pushing for that one. But, lo and behold, Colin Cassady, that was the name I was given. And, of course, you roll with it." Cass stated, "and then, I remember I went in to [see] Dusty and I was like, 'I don't know if I like that. I don't know if I like the name.' And he sits there and he looks just into midair as if he's looking at a billboard and he goes, 'Colin Cassady. That's it. Yes, that's what we're doing. Colin Cassady.' Dusty put the stamp on it. I was like, 'alright, let's do it.'
According to Big Cass, there were 25 first and last names pitched for his ring name. After Cass pitched numerous combinations from the list, Colin Cassidy was chosen.
"I pitched so many names because when you get there, you just have to be pitching names. Yeah, and I'm just pitching. They asked me for a list of 25 first names and a list of 25 last names, so I pitched all these different name combinations." Cass recalled, "so I gave them a bunch of names I would have liked and just they chose one random first name from a name that I gave them with a different last name, but just a random last name from another name I gave them."
Cass and his little buddy Enzo survived the Superstar Shakeup unshook and will remain on RAW.
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