In 2018 it appeared as if Big Cass was set for a big push in WWE. He was put into a program with Daniel Bryan, who had just returned to the ring after retiring due to medical issues two years prior. Prior to Cass' match with Bryan at WWE Backlash, Cass stood in the ring with a mini-Bryan to hammer home the size difference between the two. During the segment with Cass and the little person, Cass went off-script, going too far in his attack of the little person.
Speaking to Pro Wrestling Sheet, Cass discussed his decision to adlib his attack.
"It was a f*cking mistake. It was a dumb decision on my part. So stupid. It was probably the worst decision I ever made," admitted Cass. "And it’s so crazy what I was going through at the time, because if you would’ve told anybody two years prior — even a year prior — that I was gonna do that, they would’ve said ‘you’re f*cking crazy. He’s a model employee.' I regret it to this day. So f*cking stupid. I just did what I thought was right and it was a very stupid decision. Very f*cking stupid. I shouldn’t have done it.”
The feud between Bryan and Cass was short-lived and did the big man no favors as Bryan got the better of him at every turn. Shortly after their program ended, Cass was released by the company due to a series of backstage issues. Reflecting back on the feud, Cass feels as if he let Bryan and the company down with his actions.
“I’m happy I had that experience, but I’m also disappointed in myself. I’m disappointed that I let the company down. Vince down. Hunter down. I let Bryan down because Bryan was really excited to work with me. And I let him down. These are things I have to deal with now. Learning experiences. But, looking back on it, yeah … I’m very disappointed in myself. I’m more disappointed that I let people down that wanted that to work out. But there are bigger forces at hand that were going against me in that point in time.”
After suffering a seizure in December, Cass has since gotten himself on the right track. He stopped drinking and has gotten help for his depression and anxiety. You can read more about Cass overcoming his demons by clicking here.
Credit to Ryan Satin at Pro Wrestling Sheet for sending the quotes above.