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Big Cass (Bill Morrissey) talked with FoxSports.com in an article published today about his background, being a huge fan of pro wrestling growing up, and his rapid ride in WWE.
-On his days playing basketball in high school: “Balancing schoolwork and basketball was very, very hard, but a lot of benefits came along with it. The camaraderie was something I always enjoyed, spending time with your teammates and growing that strong bond together. Because you always need someone on your team, whether it’s in life, or in work. You always need someone who’s a part of your squad, and I felt that college basketball really helped with that — traveling together, studying together and fighting the same battles together.”
-On when he decided to switch his career aspirations to pro wrestling: “I was always very passionate about [pro wrestling], always watching tapes, and when I was in college, studying for the MCAT the summer of 2008, I realized, ‘Man, this just isn’t my true passion.’ So I decided to finish my final year at NYU, and the second it ended, I started pursuing the opportunity to get to the WWE.”
-On what he tries to project on camera as Big Cass: “When you walk in the room, you’ve got to know, deep-down, that you’re the realest guy in there. [Big Cass is] me just amplified a little bit. It brings a whole lot of confidence in there and a swagger that I feel like people need. When a guy walks in the room and everyone looks and says, ‘Who’s that guy?’ — that’s who you want to be.”
-On his rapid rise to stardom in WWE over the last year: “At times it can be overwhelming. It’s crazy to think that five years ago I was performing in Tampa, Florida, in front of ten people every week. Ten. Process that. And then we came to NXT and started performing in front of more people, then thousands of people, and then 16,000 people at the Barclays Center.”
-On being part of the rise of NXT before going to the main roster: “So I personally, as a wrestler, got to see the rise of NXT, and me and Enzo feel like we were a very big part of that rise. All those people knew Enzo and I already (when we debuted on Raw), and they knew all of our catchphrases, so right off the bat we started hot, and the rise just keeps going. It’s crazy to think how quickly things can happen.”
-On teaming with Enzo, whom Cass first met as a teenager at a pick-up game in New York’s Greenwich Village: “It’s just wild how everything came full circle. We were 13 (when we met) and now we’re here and we’re going to be at our first WrestleMania in front of 75,000 people when we used to play basketball in front of nobody at The Cage. So it’s crazy to think about. Sometimes you’ve just got to sit down, whether you’re in the hotel room or on your couch at home, and really just appreciate what’s going on around you. You know, ‘Look at what I’m experiencing and look at where Enzo and I came from.”