The team of Enzo & Big Cass made an immediate impact upon their WWE debut on the main roster the night after WrestleMania 32. Traditionally, the RAW after WrestleMania is packed with smart fans who are educated on NXT or independent-talent, making the transition to the main stage that much smoother for those involved. Vince McMahon certainly had to have been thrilled with their initial reaction.
It’s the ensuing weeks that can cause unease among Vince and other WWE officials, but Enzo & Big Cass resonated in every city in front of every audience thereafter. It seemed like it was only a matter of time before their popularity secured them a spot in a tag team championship match.
Ironically enough, Enzo & Cass never got to hold the NXT Tag Team titles, and they’ve yet to capture gold on the main roster either. Originally, they were penciled-in to enter a major program with The New Day where they’d become the new champions at WrestleMania 33 next April. That remained on the table for quite a while, but it was eventually scrapped in favor of The New Day dropping the belts to Cesaro and Sheamus after breaking the record for longest-reigning tag champs in history.
It’s unclear exactly when Vince nixed a title program for Big Cass and Enzo, but the pair had to endure a bump in the road early on upon their promotions. Less than a month after their arrival, Enzo suffered a concussion when he was legitimately knocked out during a tag match against The Vaudevillains at Payback.
Vince lost some measure of confidence in Enzo and viewed him similarly to the way he saw Sasha Banks in that they were injury prone. However, Big Cass seemed to benefit from his partner’s misfortune, getting showcased as a singles competitor while Enzo recovered. Even when Enzo was cleared to compete, Cass received more and more opportunities, including a Universal Championship match the week after Finn Balor was forced to relinquish it.
In any event, we received reports that Vince was extremely high on Big Cass and already had designs of turning him into a major singles star. He was, however, willing to let the tag team run its course without rushing it. Still, no tag team titles, but they did receive a high-profile program against Kevin Owens and Chris Jericho for this year’s SummerSlam.
According to Ringside News, what was once Vince’s infatuation with Big Cass’ impressive size, has evolved beyond that. Vince is now reportedly impressed with his facial expressions and overall presence on television as well. There’s no doubting that Big Cass’ promo ability could use some work as they come off very scripted, but the feeling backstage is that the company will be able to help improve that aspect of his craft.
What this means for Enzo Amore’s future is unknown, but right around the time of his concussion in May, talk had already circulated that his long-term plans probably revolved around the role of manager for his partner, Big Cass. Vince has always felt that the purpose of smaller superstars was to get beat up by the larger wrestlers unless they were extremely gifted in the ring.
Big Cass has entered into a transitional feud with Rusev to test the waters on his ability to perform by himself. Enzo has been used as fodder for the most part, but the two are expected to team up next week in a tag match against Rusev and Jinder Mahal on RAW.
If Vince green-lights both for an appearance in the Royal Rumble, their chances of competing in a tag team match at WrestleMania improve. But if Big Cass is the only one entered, that might give a clearer indication of what’s to come for both superstars.
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