Big Cass was released from his WWE contract recently after losing clean to Daniel Bryan at Money In The Bank. Rumors circulated online- with much speculation and possible reasons for his release dominating the headlines. Now that the topic has cooled off, Booker T has sought to discuss one possible reason Cass was eventually released.
During his Heated Conversations podcast, Booker opened up about the release of the NXT standout in Cass. While not likely the only reason for his removal from the company by any means, the former RAW commentator believes comments made by Cass around this time last year served as a starting point for his eventual release.
It was initially reported by Dave Meltzer back in July 2017 in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that Cass was getting backstage heat following Cass’ open and vocal support for President Donald Trump.
In regards to the rumor, Booker believes it is much bigger than just Cass.
“There are so many rumors flying around as far as his release. The story is bigger than Big Cass. For instance, back in the day, you didn’t tell anyone who you voted for, you know what I mean? It was a secret. You don’t bring that stuff up together because we have to be friends. That is something that you have to deal with inside yourself.
“I’m not homophobic or anything like that, but when gay people come out it’s like, you didn’t have to tell me that because I’m still going to still give you a hug. It’s not my business so when people do certain things they literally become vulnerable and not keep their eyes on the prize as far as what is really at stake here… my livelihood.”
With Cass publicly stating his political opinions on Twitter in a vocal era such as this- the 7-foot-tall behemoth was bound to get backlash. Not everyone has the same opinions and beliefs, as evidenced by the eventual heat Cass found himself with.
“At the end of the day, it is about taking care of your family. Going out and doing the job like Stevie Ray would say, to the best of your ability until something better comes along. I say that because it’s very simple; we are all in the entertainment business. If you want to be running a publication get another job, but Twitter can ruin one’s life. Going on Twitter and saying something.
“I personally liked the guy. I didn’t know about his personal beliefs about voting for Donald Trump. Maybe that was part of it, but my thing is this; I’ve been one of the boys, I had to work in that locker room, I may have had heat with some of the boys in certain times throughout my career but if I went out and performed in the ring all of that overshadowed and trumped everything, which is with your performance.
“If you are on time; if you are ready to go as far as people needing you for a promo set and not looking all throughout the building for you. Everything comes into play as far as being around or not. Being a General or being a Private. I want to be a General so I am always going to be on time and had my shoes spit-shined. All of my medals are going to be straight. The bed, everything is tucked. If you don’t take care of your business this is what is going to happen to you.”
As Wrestling Inc explain, Booker teaches his students at Reality Of Wrestling lessons on the same topic. Amidst the discussion on Cass, Booker tied in a story on how he met his future wife at a later age purely because of his focus and dedication to the business- providing an illustration for the scenario Cass has potentially found himself in.
“The thing is, it can be a bunch of things. My point is this; when it gets to that point, it isn’t something that everybody else is doing, it is something that you are doing. I have been in the business for many years, I knew as long as I went out and performed and thought about that — look here, being married to Sharmell was in the twilight of my career.
“I was around 40. Sharmell was the first woman that I thought about talking to, and if you listen to Sharmell she thought I hated her the first time we met because I was always all business. When I was in my twenties and in my thirties I was thinking about making my mark and I have to do it now. I couldn’t think about getting married to slow me down, especially with the women I work with.
“I knew where it was going to lead. I was always thinking about going out there and performing and that only. I think these young guys it is easy to get caught up. It is easy access. When you lose focus and your train of thought.
“When you take those blinders off anything can happen. When you start thinking it is a party instead of putting your suit and tie on and getting your job done and handling your business, you are thinking about the wrong thing. Big ups to Big Cass. Hopefully, he finds something. There is a lot of work out there on the independent scene and in Japan. Whatever he did he definitely lost out on this deal because I thought he was going to be one of the next greatest big men in the sport.”
Cass has yet to make any serious public comments in regards to his release. Ringside News will provide you with any updates on his situation as it develops.
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