There were a lot of rumors surrounding Big Cass’ release from WWE when it happened back in June. There was talk of “personal conduct issues” like drinking on tour, having heat with the locker room, allegedly refusing to rehearse a promo, and possibly also disobeying direct orders from the big boss himself, Vince McMahon.
The long and short of it, obviously, is he was too much trouble than he was worth.
During a recent interview with Booker T on his Heated Conversations podcast, he was asked about all this and straight out said WWE did the right thing letting him go (transcription via Wrestling Inc):
“If I’m going to be honest with you, I made a lot of mistakes. I made a lot of mistakes in a very short period of time. I did some things that I shouldn’t have done. I guess the company couldn’t rely on me and couldn’t trust me. Look, I’ll just be honest with you, in my opinion, they made the right decision for them. It was the right decision to get rid of me at that point in time - not to say I won’t be back - but at that point in time they definitely made the right decision for them. To be honest with you, looking at it they made the right decision for me. Everyone makes mistakes, but when you make that many mistakes in that short of a period of time then you lose people’s trust and you’re not reliable anymore. ... I definitely would have fired myself. If I was in Vince McMahon’s position, I would have fired myself for sure, one-hundred percent.”
He says later that his goal is to work his way back to WWE after a run on the independent scene but it’s quite clear from his comments here that he’s trying to say the right things. Whatever he may have done to be released, he sure seems to be holding himself accountable for his actions while pledging to put the time in to work his way back.
We’ll see if that happens.