Colin Cassidy — better known as Big Cass — is now one of the top Superstars in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), but some people forget that he learned the ropes as a contestant named “Andy” on the 2011 season of Tough Enough.
As “Andy,” Cassidy outlasted 13 other contestants (including runner-up Luke Robinson, who later landed a WWE contract as Dash Wilder).
To win the prize, Cassidy had to endure gruelling training drills, the intimidation of host Stone Cold Steve Austin, and the ever-present odor of Bill DeMott’s chronic flatulence.
The “Andy” gimmick failed to catch on with WWE viewers, however, and Cassidy was released from the company faster than Kizarny.
Cassidy then took a couple of years to hone his craft, grow his hair longer, learn how to become seven feet tall (which, contrary to popular opinion, can be taught), align himself with a hyperactive troll doll, and change his name to Big Cass.
He is not the first former Tough Enough winner to return to WWE under a new moniker; others include:
- Maven, now known as Jason Jordan
- Nidia, now known as JoJo
- John Morrison, now known as Elias
- Daniel Puder, now known as Alexa Bliss (long story)
According to rumors, WWE is launching a new spin-off show called Tough Enough Junior, in hopes of finding talent for the company’s new 12-and-under division.