Arn Anderson, once a producer in WWE and now an AEW mainstay, has recently discussed his views on what exactly went wrong with Enzo and Big Cass during their time in WWE.
In a recent episode of the Arn podcast, ‘The Enforcer’ mentioned the teams undeniable popularity, particularly in NXT.
That’s fine to be over at NXT at that time. There was no NXT television show yet, was there? Well, I mean, that’s fine. But when you come up to the main roster, now you’re starting to have your own TV now. You can take 200 people in a crowd of 10,000 and if they choose to be heard, they sound very loud. I’m talking fans scattered around the arena – if they’re chanting the same thing, 200 people can make a lot of noise. And they really can, and the fact is, they did have that following.
He then went on to pin their problems on one common factor – not listening. He recalled Cass’ feud with the Big Show:
They came up to the main roster. They had a match or two, and the people were getting with the promos and getting with all the things. But the second they put Cass in the program with Big Show, he quit listening. And I know because I was the producer of that match. And here’s [Big Show] willing to put this guy over and he was fighting us every step of the way.
He then went on to discuss Enzo’s time in 205Live:
The same thing I had Enzo and I had him in some 205 matches, on house shows, and he was just doing every stupid thing you could do to make a babyface look foolish. And it was some of the Lucha guys that he was working with, and they didn’t know the difference until I started pointing it out to them. And I think that the fact you don’t take the guidance from the people, the producers there that are there to help you and know a little bit better than you do what’s going to get over and what’s not. When you quit listening and just decide you’re a bigger star than they are… that’s where you get started heading downhill. And they made some mistakes and it didn’t take very, very long before they had heat in the locker room, and then they started to fall apart out in the ring as far as production. And then they started to get heat in the office and that’s what happened. They self-destructed.”
It’s certainly an interesting take from the Head Coach of the Nightmare Family. It has been well documented, even by the pair themselves, that their behaviour and attitude backstage was, at times, less than professional.
Neither of the men have been seen wrestling in almost a year, however Enzo (now known as nZo) was recently featured on Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows’ ‘Talk’n’Shop-a-mania’ whereas Big Cass (now known as CaZXL) has stayed away from the public eye to deal with mental health issues.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for transcribing the quotes used in this article.