The 7-footer made his return to TV this week when he appeared on Smackdown Live to belittle, and then assault, Daniel Bryan.
Big Cass returned after being out of action for nine months and made a huge impact when he laid out the fan favorite to end Smackdown Live. Going after one of the most popular stars in the WWE puts the big man in a top spot on Smackdown Live, and it seems that’s exactly where WWE wants to keep him.
Cass was once a beloved star in NXT and on Monday Night Raw. He and his tag team partner Enzo Amore kept crowds enthralled with promo work and catchphrases alone. Less than a year after his main roster call-up, Cass was involved in a Fatal-4-Way for the Universal Championship.
While he’s yet to capture a title during his tenure with the WWE, he has definitely caught the attention of WWE creative based on his size alone. Reportedly, Vince McMahon is a fan, which can only help his career, and moving to Smackdown Live will give him a chance to shine.
A handful of talent that came over from Raw to Smackdown during last year’s Superstar Shakeup were able to turn their careers around, so 2018 just might be the year of Big Cass. Jinder Mahal, mostly used as a jobber on the main roster, went from a nobody to WWE Champion in less than a few months. Baron Corbin won the MITB and United States Championship. So I wouldn’t be shocked to see the 7-footer capture the US Title at some point in the future.
With his assault on Daniel Bryan yesterday, it’s assumed that he could be in line for a big push. Even Dave Meltzer and Bryan Alvarez, while not exactly excited about the idea, believe we’re about to see something big for Cass.
“They’re obviously going to do something with him,” said Meltzer. “He’s going to be wrestling Bryan and he’s going to be wrestling Styles as well so all is not well.” While it’s not what I’d call a ringing endorsement, Meltzer does believe that the WWE is looking to put Cass against Smackdown’s top stars.
Alvarez expects Cass to be associated with the Miz on SD Live, working as a sort of hired hitman that Bryan must overcome before he can take on the A-List superstar, which would make sense. With the Miztourage staying on Raw, the former Intercontinental Champion will need some new muscle, and who better than Smackdown Live’s new resident giant?
I can’t say I’m a huge fan of Big Cass, but Smackdown is the best place for him, and attacking Daniel Bryan is a great way to get instant heat from the crowd. Maybe this works out. No one expected Strowman to be the absolute star he is, so we could be surprised again.