Jim Ross has discussed Tazz and says WWE never did justice for him creatively and that he wasn’t a popular hire with some in the promotion.
Jim Ross was the Head of Talent Relations in WWE when former ECW Champion Tazz made his way to the company. Debuting at the 2000 Royal Rumble, the Brooklyn-native received a raucous reception from his hometown New York crowd as he choked out the previously undefeated Kurt Angle.
However, some could argue that was as good as it got in the company for Tazz as he settled into a less prominent role on the stacked roster.
Speaking on his Grilling JR podcast [first available early and ad-free at AdFreeShows.com], Jim Ross discussed Tazz’s time in WWE and says that creatively the company never did right by The Human Suplex Machine:
“I just don’t think we ever did Tazz justice, creative-wise. Not too long thereafter [Unforgiven 2001], I may be getting my dates mixed up, he got hurt, and that kind of shut that down. Tazz was not [considered] a popular hire by me by some of those in the company, simply because he was under six feet and he had a very no-sell type style. You know, all that crap. But I don’t think we ever did Tazz justice, quite frankly.”
Tazz’s full-time in-ring career came to an end in 2002 and he joined Michael Cole at the announce desk on SmackDown where the two became a popular pairing on commentary. His WWE career came to an end in 2009 and he then went on to a role on commentary in TNA where he reverted to his pre-WWE spelling of Taz with one z.
Taz joined All Elite Wrestling in 2019, predominantly as a broadcaster but he branched out in the company, forming his own Team Taz faction. Team Taz has shared the ring with The Icon Sting and Darby Allin but Powerhouse Hobbs goes up against perhaps the group’s toughest test when he faces CM Punk at AEW Rampage Grand Slam.