Big Bill had a huge fight at Full Gear as he and Ricky Starks put their AEW Tag Team Championship on the line in a ladder match but he’s faced bigger battles in his life.
Starks and Big Bill captured the AEW Tag Team Championship on the 7th of October edition of Collision from FTR. At Full Gear, their gold was on the line in a wild ladder match against LFI, FTR, and Kings of the Black Throne. In the end, Ricky Starks was the one who was able to scale the ladder and retain the championship for his team.
Speaking at the AEW Full Gear media scrum, Big Bill discussed his struggles against addiction and how he fought back to make his return to the wrestling world and find success as one-half of the AEW Tag Team Champions:
In 2018, 2019, I was at the lowest point of my life. My addiction was in full force. I didn’t leave my apartment, I was drinking all day, from sun up to sun down, and I never thought I would be back in professional wrestling. I thought that I would just keep existing a miserable existence like I was staring out my apartment window every day, as I just drank myself to death.
I guess, the lightbulb went off, and I think wrestling was a big part of how I got sober. My first love in life has always been professional wrestling. From the times I was going to shows at Madison Square Garden as a young kid. There came a moment where I actually believed, if I got back on track, I could make it back to the world of professional wrestling and make it to the top of the world of professional wrestling. I really believed that in my heart.
I know a lot of people say things like, ‘I believe I’m going to be the man and the world champion,’ but you can tell when you look in their eyes, they don’t actually believe it. I really believed it. I thought, if I could get back on track, I’m going to make it back to the top of professional wrestling. Now, I’m AEW World Tag Team Champion, sitting at this table as one of the top guys in AEW and I would say that’s the top of the wrestling world. I did exactly what I said I would do.
Big Bill’s Time In WWE Ended In Controversy
Big Bill is best known to WWE fans as Big Cass and he was once part of another wildly popular tag team with Enzo Amore. His time in WWE came to an end in 2018 despite an initial push as a singles star after he allegedly disobeyed direct orders from Vince McMahon.