The wrestler formerly known during his WWE days as Big Cass made his return to wrestling over the weekend.
For some reason still going by a name often used to describe cancer (the disease, although I suppose some people born in June or July may refer to their astrological sign the same way), Big C worked a couple shows for Big Time Wrestling in Massachusetts and New York this past weekend (Nov. 9 - 10).
The fact he wasn’t as trim and defined as he has been during his runs on NXT, Raw and SmackDown has led to quite a few jokes. In fact, it’s pretty much impossible to find Tweeted pics of Big C in Lynn, MA or Hicksville, NY without a comment about his size, and I don’t mean his unteachable height.
Big Cass’ Recent Appearance! pic.twitter.com/TQ7Z1aksAk— Brian The Guppie (@briantheguppie) November 11, 2018
BTW...11/10/18 - Big Cass, The Outsiders.. pic.twitter.com/PFgwHad2Y0— ✌ (@09cuse21) November 11, 2018
I’m not usually one to decry a double standard in how people talk about the appearances of men and women. There are countless differences throughout human history between how the sexes have been judged & treated based others’ perceptions of their bodies which make even trying to apply the same standard to both a rigged game from the jump.
But making “fat” jokes about Cass isn’t cool*. If you want to make fun of him for whatever reason, might I suggest his new ring name?
I mean, I get that you want to call back to your WWE moniker, but ‘Big C’? Seriously?
* Author’s note: This comes across more holier-than-thou than intended, so I should point out that several of the first things which went through my mind upon seeing pictures of Big C from this weekend were “fat jokes”, so I’m calling myself out as much anything else here. There’s also a difference between commenting on the change in his body over the last 90 days and body shaming. These things are tricky, so mostly just try to not be a jerk. Something I failed at in my first draft of this post.