One day they’re playing pickup ball on a famous New York City basketball court, and the next they’re tag teaming in a will be famous WWE NXT ring.
Small world as the athletic paths of New York’s Big Cass Colin Cassady and New Jersey’s Enzo Amore crossed twice, the latter and more relevant via WWE developmental in the Sunshine State.
NXT Colin Cassady video interview
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The Cage off West 4th St. and 6th Ave. in Manhattan is where the paths of Cassady and Amore first crossed. The Cage is not the steel type surrounding a wrestling ring but rather a linked fence outlining some famous outdoor basketball courts, noted for pickup ball, streetball.
Another connection also exists with the versatile Cassady and his tag team partner Amore. Big Cass is from Queens, N.Y.; the 5-11 Amore, a Hackensack, N.J. kid. Their Northeastern attitude, style, swag mesh well together, making them one of the crowd favorites.
Handling the mic runs in the Amore family, and it shows as he connects body, mind and soul with audiences during NXT shows on tour or on WWE Network. Like an enhanced version of Billy Gunn with Road Dogg, Cassady adds well to the ‘going viral, hashtag embraced’ verbiage.
Fans caught their catch phrases, throwing them back in unison whenever the two appear. It’s an example of connecting, making harmony through audience participation with the talent.
Not just brawn, the physically imposing Cassady also has brains. A member of the National Honor Society at Archbishop Molloy High School in Queens, N.Y., he played college basketball for NYU, earning a college degree.
WWE Hall of Famer Johnny Rodz trained Cassady, who made his debut for Rodz’s World of Unpredictable Wrestling in 2010 in Brooklyn. A year later, WWE inked Cassady to a developmental deal, and he began his WWE journey in FCW, which later became NXT.
NXT Colin Cassady bio
Growing up on the mean streets of Queens, N.Y., Colin Cassady found out very quickly that he had to learn to defend himself, if he wanted to survive. It was in that borough where Cassady refined his trash-talking skills, developing into the confident individual he is today.
Behind that bark is a proverbial sequoia of a man. Standing 6-foot-10, this brash New Yorker uses his considerable size and mass to his advantage. Bringing his own blend of street savvy and brutality to the squared circle, Cassady has laid out many NXT foes with his “East River Crossing” finishing move. He often teams with pal Enzo Amore, and together, the tough pair is managed by arrogant NXT Diva Carmella.
Amore and Cassady teamed to defeat The Vaudevillains in February, but after the big win, NXT tag team champs Blake and Murphy appeared on the video screen and invited Carmella to ditch Amore and Cassady and join them instead, but NXT’s Princess of Staten Island did not seem convinced.
On the March 11 edition of NXT, the “realest guys in the room” came one step closer to defending Carmella’s honor and getting a match against Blake and Murphy when they defeated The Lucha Dragons to become the NXT tag team championship No.1 contenders.
During a subsequent match between Cassady and Blake, Carmella was inadvertently shoved off the apron, leading to Cassady’s loss. On the March 25 edition of NXT, the champions presented The Princess of Staten Island with jewelry as an apology, a gesture that only served to upset the No.1 contenders.
The trouble between the two teams continued on April 29 during a non-title contest. In the midst of competition, Murphy blew a kiss to Carmella at ringside. The misstep cost him dearly, as Amore and Cassady capitalized on the distraction and won the bout. Will the result be the same when these teams finally face off with the NXT tag team titles on the line during the NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable live special on WWE Network?
NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable
live on WWE Network
The NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable live special on the WWE Network is 8 p.m. EST Wednesday, May 20 from Full Sail Live at Full Sail University in Winter Park, near Orlando.
NXT tag team champs Blake and Murphy battle Enzo Amore and Big Cass Colin Cassidy with Carmella.
The main event is a rematch of the prior NXT TakeOver live special with NXT champ Kevin Owens against Sami Zayn.
The NXT women’s title is also on the line as The Boss Sasha Banks defends the title against Becky Lynch.
Finn Bálor vs. Hideo Itami vs. Tyler Breeze in an NXT Championship No.1 Contender's Triple Threat Match.
Bayley and Charlotte team against Emma and Dana Brooke.
Also, Rhyno vs. Baron Corbin.
NXT on WWE Network
Catch NXT on WWE Network 8 p.m. EST Wednesdays and on-demand.
NXT on tour
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Visit http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt for everything NXT and tour dates.
NXT in Fort Pierce
NXT returns to Fort Pierce at the Havert L. Fenn Center on June 5.
Tickets $10, $20. There will be a meet-n-greet before the show, which is included in the ticket price. First come, first served.
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