The charismatic and dynamic duo of Enzo Amore and Big Cass have take then WWE universe by storm since being called up to the main roster. The tag team dominated the ranks of NXT before finally bursting onto the primetime scene. Amore serves as the scrappier counterpart in terms of in-ring style, while Cass figures as the monstrous muscle standing at 7 feet tall. Much of the duo's appeal stems from their instant connection with the audience with impressive mic skills, crowd engagement and catchphrases that are humorous as they are clever. Their complimentary wrestling styles of agility and brawn also reflect the overall personalities of both budding stars.
Enzo and Cass are already fan favorites, though they have yet to even scratch the surface of their surfaces potential. The tag team is destined for superstardom and anyone who paid close enough attention to their work in NXT would share the same belief. While mainstream audiences are only now beginning to familiarize themselves with the two, their success has been years in the making. With their first shot at tag-team gold this upcoming Sunday at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, we list a few things you need to know about “the realest guys in the room” before they finally become the huge stars they are destined to be. And you can’t teach that!
15 Met Playing Pick Up Basketball In Manhattan
Their chemistry on screen would lead many to believe the duo have been life long friends. Perhaps not life long, though Enzo and Cass originally met during a game of pick-up basketball at The Cage, a famous park in New York City’s Greenwich Village, 10 years prior to rekindling their camaraderie at NXT in 2013.
14 Big Cass And Carmella Are A Real Life Couple
Noticeably absent from their time in NXT once they were called up was the team’s dazzling, energetic and irresistible blonde valet Carmella. Carmella was left behind to find her own identity as a women’s competitor with aspirations of carving out her own path beyond her services as a manager. Off camera, Carmella is openly dating Big Cass, though their on screen work omitted any hints of romance. During episodes of the WWE Network behind the scene’s special Breaking Ground, the two are clearly involved in a romantic relationship and living together. Carmella also hails from the greater New York/Manhattan area, laying the foundations of having many things in common.
13 Enzo Played Division-III NCAA Football
While perhaps being one of the realest guys in the room, Enzo is also far from being the biggest, so a football career comes as a bit of a surprise. Standing at only 5 foot 11 inches and barely breaking the 200-pound barrier, Amore played as a linebacker and safety at Salisbury University from 2007-09 on a full scholarship. Like most superstars in the WWE, wrestling came naturally after a significant time playing highly competitive sports, where Superstars are often introduced to the discipline and work ethic it takes to truly become a prominent figure in sports entertainment.
12 Enzo Held Several Odd Jobs Before Joining NXT
Amore had no previous wrestling experience, though he claims he was a huge fan growing up. After graduating university, his dreams of playing professional football never panned out for him. In the meantime, Enzo has told many funny stories of his jobs after college which included moving pianos for a moving company, managing a Hooters franchise restaurant and serving as the official DJ for the New York Jets NFL team. In what capacity his disc jockeying services were used remains unclear, though nonetheless, his resume before arriving at NXT was evidently well decorated.
11 Amore’s Trainer Gave Triple H A Promo Tape To Earn NXT Tryout
As mentioned, Amore had no previous wrestling experience, though he was an avid, lifelong fan. Enzo trained at a gym in Jersey which was owned by renowned personal trainer Joe DeFranco, who also happens to be Triple H’s personal trainer. Amore recorded a short video of himself shooting promos and attempting to execute a bunch of different athletic movements to mimic wrestling athleticism. It took him a year of training with DeFranco before he mustered up the courage to ask his trainer to hand over the video to the WWE Superstar/Executive.
10 Big Cass Was A University Basketball Star
Standing at nearly 7 feet tall, it comes as no surprise that Cass excelled at basketball. The sport has been a life long passion of his, having played organized and competitive hoops since his teenage years. From 2005 to 2009, Big Cass played for New York University’s team riding a full scholarship. Similar to Enzo, the monster hailed from other athletic disciplines before testing the waters of sports entertainment. Big Cass even captained the team in his last year of NCAA eligibility, demonstrating the importance of imposing physical gifts which helped make him the Superstar he is today.
9 Cass Opened A Ticketing Resale Business Out Of College
8 Cass Was Enrolled In Pre-Med
7 The Tag Team Almost Never Happened
6 Enzo’s Wrestling Hero Was Shawn Michaels
5 How Cass Literally Became Big Cass
Cassidy admitted that he was not always the towering monstrosity that he is today and that, in fact, he went through a rather unusual growth spurt as a teenager. More precisely, Cass claims that he only stood at five feet eight inches until one summer, where he grew up to three quarters of a foot in a three-month span.
4 The Creation Of Their Finisher
Enzo and Cass claimed they were the biggest students of the game during their time at NXT. During their interview on The Steve Austin Show, the duo explained how they would watch countless hours of film of old tag teams such as The Rockers, Midnight Express and The Fabulous Freebirds and try and revive the art of tag team competition, working as closely together as possible to highlight the actual differences in the competition. The team often builds towards a “hot tag” which erupts audiences, as well as performing a variety of joint manoeuvres, not just their finisher.
3 Enzo’s Journalism Degree
2 Cass Trained By Hall Of Famer Johnny Rodz
After deciding that he in fact was not going to pursue his initial dreams of becoming a doctor, Cass enrolled in a wrestling school in Brooklyn ran by WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz. For $3,000, Cass purchased a lifetime membership and tuition at the training ground. The seven foot athlete realized that his trainers saw potential in him when they decided early on to pair him with some of the more veteran performers at the gym. He also claims to have never missed any of the scheduled classes, even though there was no obligation to attend, and that Rodz clearly took notice and paid more attention to his young protégé consequently.
1 Enzo Endorsed By John Cena And Dusty Rhodes
For as talented as Enzo has become in the ring with countless hours of work, progress and improvement, his real talent is without a doubt on the mic and that is a very important factor in today’s sports entertainment climate. Amore often reiterates how Michael Hayes was invaluable to his development in the ring, though Dusty Rhodes and John Cena were the ones who wanted his character to be pushed more. At the time, Enzo was jobbing in NXT and was struggling to gain any significant momentum. During a promo practice session, Cena just so happened to be backstage and expressed how impressed he was with Amore’s takes. This led to Dusty Rhodes arguing how he had been pushing for months to give the “kid” a mic, and let him win over the fans. Needless to say that two voices of the magnitude were not silenced and Enzo’s push and development became inevitable at that very moment.
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