Wrestling / Enzo and Cass

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They ain't SAWFT.

"My name is Enzo Amore. And I am a certified G, and a bona fide stud! AND YOU CAN'T TEACH THAT! And this right here? This is Big Cass, and he's seven foot tall! AND YOU CAN'T TEACH THAT! Bada-boom, realest guys in the room! HOW YOU DOIN'?"

Enzo and Cass is a professional wrestling tag team consisting of Enzo Amore (born Eric Arndt on December 8, 1986 in Hackensack, New Jersey) and Colin "Big Cass" Cassady (born William Morrissey on August 16, 1987 in New York City), both working for WWE, formerly under its developmental brand NXT before being called up to the main roster.

Colin Cassady made his first televised FCW appearance in July 2011, portraying the dean of the University of Florida. He wrestled his first televised match on the September 4, 2011 episode of FCW TV for a disqualification loss against Richie Steamboat. Cassady found no immediate success and continued to lose matches for the rest of 2011 and in early 2012. Cassady finally scored his first win on the March 11, 2012 episode of FCW TV by defeating Kenneth Cameron. Cassady's final FCW TV match was broadcast on July 7, 2012 and saw him defeat Aiden English.

Enzo Amore made his debut on May 22, 2013, where he was quickly defeated by Mason Ryan. Amore went on to form an alliance with Colin Cassady, who had previously also lost in his debut to Mason Ryan, and they labelled themselves "the realest guys in the room". After the feud with Ryan, Amore and Cassady went on to feud with Rusev, Sylvester Lefort and Scott Dawson. On September 25 episode of NXT, Amore and Cassady participated in a gauntlet match for a future shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship; they started the match, first defeating C.J. Parker and Tyler Breeze, then beating Rusev and Dawson, but fell to their final opponents, the Ascension.

Amore and Cassady formed an alliance with the debuting Carmella. The duo had accidentally cost Carmella her hairdressing job as per the storyline, causing her to demand to get a job as a professional wrestler.

On the April 4, 2016 episode of Raw, Amore and Cassady debuted on the main roster (without Carmella) and confronted The Dudley Boys. A week later on SmackDown, Amore and Cassady defeated the Ascension in their main roster debut, in a tournament to determine the number one contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship. The team went on to defeat the Dudley Boyz on the following week's Raw in the semi-final of the tag team tournament, advancing them to the finals. In the finals, Enzo and Cass faced the Vaudevillains at Payback, with the match ending in a no contest after Amore suffered a legitimate concussion during the match. At the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, Enzo and Cass faced The New Day, The Vaudevillains and Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows, in a fatal-4 way tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, but The New Day retained their titles. On the July 4 edition of Raw, Enzo and Cass helped John Cena from an attack by The Club, involving themselves in the feud between Cena and The Club. As a result, Enzo and Cass teamed with Cena to face The Club in a six-man tag team match at Battleground, which they won. On the July 19 episode of SmackDown, as part of the 2016 WWE Draft, Enzo and Cass were drafted to Raw.

Of course, The Other Wiki has a detailed page about their exploits. Also, see more on Enzo here, and more on Cass here.


Bada-boom, realest tropes in the room!

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    Tropes applying only to Enzo Amore 
  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Carmella, mainly because she wass obviously not interested in him at all and he refused to take the hint. The subplot eventually got dropped.
    • He's also become one to Lana, much to her husband's displeasure.
  • Anime Hair: That hair is pretty ridiculous.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: One might think that while he was wheelchair-bound, he couldn't do anyone any damage... and yet he was perfectly capable of running over Aiden English's foot.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Abruptly returned after recovering from an injury to come to Big Cass' aid against the Legionnaires.
  • Boisterous Weakling/Boisterous Bruiser: Straddles the line. He's not booked as especially strong, per se - Cass is the muscle of the team and Enzo is well aware of it - but he can take a hit surprisingly well for a smaller guy. The "boisterous" part, however, is a constant - the guy consistently looks and acts like he's been mainlining energy drinks before coming out into public view.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Does this to Mason Ryan. Just a reminder, Mason Ryan is 6'3 and 295 pounds.
    • Most of his feuds turn into this. Hell, he and Cass debuted on the main roster by interrupting the freaking Dudley Boys.
  • Catch Phrase: So many:
    • He tends to call his opponents S-A-W-F-T, SAAAAWFT - although this particular phrase has been handed off to Cass, probably because his delivery of it is almost a meme in itself.
    • "How you doin'?"
    • "My name is Enzo Amore, and I am a certified G, and a bona fide stud. And you can't. Teach. That. And this right here? This is Big Cass, and he's 7 foot tall. And you can't. Teach. That. Bada boom, realest guys in the room! HOW YOU DOIN'?" With Carmella accompanying them, he adds "And this right here? This is Carmella, and she's hot as hell. And you can't. Teach. That." between Cass' introduction and the "Bada boom".
    • He's taken to referring to the rival tag team du jour as "a couple haters" when they insult him. The entire bit usually goes something like "What do we got ova' here? A cuppa hatas? A cuppa hatas?"
  • Chew Toy: Enzo's role in tag matches with Big Cass is to take all of the offence from the opponents, and you can be sure that if Enzo & Cass are losing, it's Enzo taking the fall. Fans have begun joking that Enzo's finishing move is "Tag in Big Cass" because of this.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Not so much on the mic or in the ring, but his backstage promos with Cass occasionally run into this. In one promo, Cass takes over the speaking after a short intro by Enzo. For the rest of the promo, Enzo ponders over something Cass said before having an epiphany in the last 20 seconds and insistently trying to get Cass' attention to point out the fact that he understood the joke.
  • Epic Fail: His actual attempts to wrestle. He has no real moveset, and his offense mostly consists of "get thrown at people by Cass and then run away"... although he has improved marginally to the point where Cass no longer does all the work.
  • Expy/Spiritual Successor: Enzo's basically a louder, hammier, more ridiculous version of Road Dogg. Introduce self in hammy manner, introduce partner in hammy manner, do so consistently enough that the audience can say your intro with you verbatim, and have the crowd finish off with your catchphrase. It's basically lifted straight out of New Age Outlaws.
  • Finishing Move: Famous in internet circles his page on The Other Wiki was once vandalized so that his finishing move was listed as "Tag in Cass". His actual finishing move isn't much different: a Fastball Special done from the top rope that he and Cass first called Sky's the Limit (everyone else calls it the Rocket Launcher, since that's what its innovators, The Midnight Express, called it) and has since being called Bada Boom Shakalaka.
  • Gone Horribly Wrong: During the duo's first PPV match on the main roster, Enzo was legitimately knocked out cold mere minutes into the match during a sequence where he was to be dumped to the outside through the ropes, but Enzo whiplashed his neck on a rope and splatted to the mat.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • In one promo during the period when his leg was broken, he rants that a place he'd been to wasn't handicapped-accessible and thus were liable.
    • How many US presidents can you name? Because Enzo can name all 44 of them (as of that promo). Judging by Cass's genuine look of surprise and reaction, this wasn't necessarily rehearsed (or if it was, Cass had no idea).
  • Heel–Face Turn: Turned face solely because everyone in the crowd cheered him for his comical Miles Gloriosus nature.
  • Hot-Blooded Sideburns: At one point, he sported some huge blond muttonchops.
  • Incoming Ham: Once those turntable scratches hit, you've got about 3 seconds until Enzo jumps out, bouncing all over the stage.
  • Insistent Terminology: More like insistent spelling: He refers to the opposition as soft, spelled "S-A-W-F-T... SAWWWWFT!" Also counts as Funetik Aksent.
  • Joisey: His home state.
  • Large Ham: ...is pretty much his default setting.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Limited, in that just about everything he wears will have leopard-print somewhere on it, as did his customised wheelchair. Hell, he's even shaved the design into his hair.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Mean is stretching it (a lawt), but nevertheless, during the month where WWE was promoting the Susan G. Komen foundation, instead of the normal ridiculous designs shaved into the side of his head, he had the Komen ribbon on one side and their slogan (Rise) on the other.
  • Meaningful Name: "Amore" is Italian for "love". Given how much he talks about being a stud...
  • Miles Gloriosus
    "If me and Cass had a dime for every time we got beat up as a kid, we'd have ZERO DIMES!"
  • Multiple Reference Pun: Occasionally refers to himself as "Muscles Marinara", and that he'll "give [you] the sauce."
  • My Name is Enzo Amore: How he introduces himself to the crowd...WHILE SCREAMING!
  • Naked People Are Funny: A late 2016 promo had Enzo walk around backstage naked after getting locked out of the locker room. After processing the fact, he's rather comfortable with it until he runs into Lana. Which prompts a feud with Rusev who is rather upset that Enzo is naked in front of his wife.
  • NO INDOOR VOICE: Enzo has two volume settings: loud and louder.
  • Phrase Catcher: "Shut up, Enzo."
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Serves the role of bringing lighthearted comedy segments and hilarious promos (even comedy wrestling matches) to NXT. This role of being the humorous breather between other storylines and matches was particularly evident at Takeover 2.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: He's been pretty sexist in vignettes, though it should be noted that Big Cass immediately called him out for it and Enzo's been portrayed as an idiot every time he does something sexist.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: And you can't. Teach. That.
  • Put on a Bus: Due to breaking his leg, though he showed up in backstage segments.
  • Ricky Morton/Stone Wall: Enzo's role in the pairing is basically to get his ass kicked for long enough to build momentum for a hot tag for Cass to come in and destroy everybody, then hit their Fastball Special Finishing Move for Enzo to get the final pin. It works because of the size dynamic (slightly below average to Cass's basketball player-like frame), and because Enzo's mostly billed as a damage tank that can absorb a lot of punishment for his size and keep going.
  • Small Name, Big Ego
    "My name is Enzo Amore, and I'm a certified G, and a bona fide stud! Bada boom! Realest guy in da room!"
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: He once claimed that he's never had a girlfriend because he 'refuses to commit himself to failure', not because, by his own admission, he treats women like dirt.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: There's a million and one things he can think to say about The Ascension, but the absolute worst he can think of to say, is that they're The Ascension, in reference to their status as THE jobbers of WWE.
  • Too Dumb to Live: The training vignettes show that he's refusing to take Carmella seriously as a potential superstar, even when she keeps handing him his arse.
    • He also refused to accept that Carmella is not interested in him at all, despite all his advances being rebuffed (sometimes violently).
      • He also falls for Lana's seduction, despite it being an obvious trap.
      • Admittedly, he did seem hesitant about going into Lana's room. Even after going in, you can tell a part of him really didn't want to go through with it, but that ended up being moot once Lana sicced Rusev on him.
  • Truth in Television: Actually knew Colin Cassady from his teenage years; they first met on a basketball court in New York City.

    Tropes applying only to Big Cass 
  • Big Applesauce: From Queens. You can hear it a bit in his accent when he speaks.
  • Blatant Lies: He and Enzo made a number of videos about them training Carmella and getting her a tryout, all of which ended with Enzo looking like an idiot. Cass always promised to not post them online (and always did). It took Enzo a while to catch on, but he got there in the end.
  • The Brute / The Big Guy
  • Catch Phrase: "How you doin'?" and "SAWFT."
    • "I'm gonna..." *shakes like he can't get the word out* "SPELL IT OUT FOR YA!"
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: For Enzo.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death from Above: His Signature Move, the Empire Elbow,
  • Duck Season, Rabbit Season: Pulls one off on Aiden English, though how intentional it was is debatable.
  • Fastball Special: He throws Enzo off the top rope in their finisher the Rocket Launcher. He's also known to bodyslam Enzo on top of opponents.
  • The Giant: 7 foot tallnote , and you "can't teach that." Although, in a subversion of the usual trope, he's far and away the better wrestler of his pairing with Enzo, for what that's worth.
  • Hidden Depths: He once got into a sing off with Aiden English...and actually sang really well.
  • Large Ham: Not as much as Enzo, but he's still pretty hammy.
  • Non-Idle Rich
  • No Sell: Not so much in singles matches, but when he's teaming with Enzo, Cass will pull this.
  • Not So Above It All: Sure, he looks like the more sensible one, but he's more than happy to participate in Enzo's weirdness.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: His canon ring name, Colin Cassady, started to disappear in early 2015 or so. Since being called up to the main card from NXT, he has been exclusively referred to as "Cass" or "Big Cass". His first name (Colin) and even his full last name (Cassady) have seemingly been totally discarded, to the point where Lillian Garcia got in trouble with brass for announcing him in his RAW debut match as "Colin Cassady" at a house show. Apparently, they take enforcing this trope very seriously.
  • Only Sane Man: He is this to Enzo.
  • Phrase Catcher: "And this right here? This is Big Cass. And he's 7 foot tall, and you can't. Teach. That."
  • Shout-Out: During NXT Takeover 2, Big Cass called for the bucket in the same way The Dudley Boys would call for the table.
  • The Straight Man: Serves as this to Enzo Amore. The fact that someone as hammy as him qualifies shows just how over-the-top Enzo is.

    Tropes applying to both Enzo and Cass 
  • Arch-Enemy: Sylvester Lefort, Blake and Murphy, Dash and Dawson, The Club…they've had a few.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: Not that Enzo's small, but Cass is 7 foot tall, and you can't. Teach. That.
  • Boastful Rap: Their current theme, "SAWFT Is a Sin", is one of these.
  • The Cavalry: For Cena in his feud with The Club, with no forewarning.
  • Long List: Sometimes utilize these in their promos, while the crowd says "How you doin'?" between each of the items on the list. Examples include Cass naming things that he likes raw, and another in which he rattled off a list of well-known pairs of best friends. On the July 4th, 2016 episode of Monday Night Raw, Enzo dissed the Social Outcasts by claiming that every President in United States history would be ashamed of the segment they were a part of. He named every President, in order, off the top of his head.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Hyperactive and boasful Enzo and reserved and thoughtful Cass.
  • Straight Man and Wise Guy
  • Those Two Guys
  • Trash Talk: Even more so than most wrestlers, they basically run on CatchPhrases and their absurdist put-downs of their opponents.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: With Carmella.

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