Colin Cassady Nxt
Cassady debuted on NXT television on June 5, 2013 with a loss to Mason Ryan. Cassady then formed a tag team with Enzo Amore, who had also previously lost to Ryan, and they labelled themselves "the realest guys in the room". In real life, Cassady first met Amore at the age of 15, when they played basketball together at West Fourth Street Courts in Manhattan, New York. Ryan defeated Amore and Cassady in consecutive singles matches, but lost to them in a handicap match. Ryan ultimately had the last laugh when he caused Amore and Cassady to be attacked by Tons of Funk (Brodus Clay and Tensai). Amore and Cassady then feuded with Sylvester Lefort and his stable of Alexander Rusev and Scott Dawson. On the September 25 episode of NXT, Amore and Cassady participated in a gauntlet match for a future title shot at the NXT Tag Team Championship; they started the match and defeated Tyler Breeze and CJ Parker, then beat Rusev and Dawson, before falling to their final opponents, The Ascension (Conor O'Brian and Rick Victor). Amore suffered a legit broken leg in November 2013, which led Cassady to try his hand at singles competition, feuding with Aiden English. Amore returned on the June 26, 2014 episode of NXT, saving Cassady from an attack from Sylvester Lefort and Marcus Louis.