On August 2, Big Time Wrestling announced that Big Cass would make his wrestling return after the 90-day no-compete clause in his WWE contract was expired on September 21. He appeared at a BTW event on October 5, cutting a promo, hostilely addressing the fans, thus cementing himself as a heel.
On December 1, Big Cass wrestled for Tommy Dreamer's House of Hardcore 51 under the name Big Ca$$, losing to MVP. Morrissey also made an appearance at House of Hardcore 52 on December 8, but during the show's intermission was rushed to a hospital after suffering a seizure (see personal life).
On June 15, 2019, Morrissey, under the ring name of CaZXL, made his debut for Northeast Wrestling (NEW), where he was accompanied by Arndt, now known as nZo. Caz then issued an open challenge to anyone on the roster. Jon Moxley would answer the challenge and later defeat him in a match.
In a recent interview with Wrestling Inc, Cass discussed his feud with Daniel Bryan: “Working with him was absolutely amazing. We would call barely anything in the back, and we’d go out for house shows in the main event.
And I was really nervous and he was really calm, and he was like, ‘No, we’re gonna call [the match] out there.’ We would go like 25 to 30 minutes of nothing called except the finishing sequence. He would just walk me through and guide me through the entire match.
While it was happening, I was like, ‘This guy is the best in the world. No one can touch him.’ He made me comfortable out there to the point where I could walk through a match with him, twenty minutes without anything called, and just be confident in what I was doing. He is the man”.