Former WWE Superstar Big Cass made his IMPACT Wrestling debut a few weeks ago at the Rebellion pay-per-view as W. Morrissey. The 34-year-old has since been pushed on TV and he is set to remain with the promotion for the foreseeable future.
Before he took a hiatus from professional wrestling, Morrissey was known as CazXL on the independent scene and he revealed to Inside The Ropes why he decided to use a version of his real name in IMPACT.
"Because it's a fresh start in a new company and, you know, this is day one of a new journey for me. It's day one of me making it to the top of professional wrestling on my own with a healthy mindset, being sober and happy and healthy - and it was a brand new start," Morrissey said.
"I didn't want anything associated with what I used to do or who I used to be getting in the way of this new journey, so anything that I used to do went out the window, including gear, the look, everything. I wanted a fresh start, and I thought coming back as a heel... When Scott Hall and Kevin Nash showed up at WCW, I thought that was really cool using their real names but, for a heel, just having me abbreviate my first name instead of saying it - I thought that that was pretty, pretty arrogant."
Morrissey also revealed the decision to use his real name was a late change.
"So the day of is when I decided, or we decided, that we were going to be W. Morrissey instead," he continued.