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Taz Admits He Didn’t Want To Call Hook’s AEW Debut – “I Was A Mess”

Hook makes his entrance

AEW announcer and manager Taz has admitted that he would have preferred to have watched Hook’s debut from ringside rather than having to call the action.

On the December 10th episode of AEW Rampage, they finally sent for Hook and the wrestling world hasn’t quite been the same since. The young star had become something of a cult figure among fans before he even stepped in the ring, having been present on television since November 2020.

On debut against Fuego Del Sol, Hook made a mockery of his tender years and inexperience turning in an eye-catching performance to a thunderous ovation.

In a heart-warming twist of fate, Hook’s father Taz got to call the action that night as he proudly watched on. However, during an appearance on The Show, the ECW legend admitted that initially he didn’t want to commentate on the bout.

“I was a mess,” Taz said. “He was cool I was on commentary. I didn’t want to commentate this match. Tony’s like, ‘you got to.’ I said to Hook ‘what do you want?’ He goes ‘whatever you want to do, whatever.’ He didn’t care and I’m like ‘I’d rather sit in the audience next to my wife and watch it.’

“I’ve called a lot of matches, a lot of years,” Taz admitted. “That was the hardest match for me to call because I, I emotionally connected. I’m one of his trainers and he’s my son and you know, it was weird for me, it was really weird. But I’m obviously very proud of him.”

Continuing on, Taz said that he and Hook don’t tend to interact all that much at shows, with the veteran preferring to let his son do his own thing.

“I stayed away from him and he probably was happy about that,” Taz said. “So I let him do his own thing. You guys see I’m normally not with him that much backstage. I just let him do his own thing. I don’t think he wants me around, me either. We love each other, but he’s at work. I actually see him more at work than back in town, at home. You know, I don’t see him much. He’s always doing something. He’s got a couple of places, he lives in a couple of different places. He’s kind of like a nomad. Like you think Hook would be, that’s Hook.”

On the most recent episode of Rampage, the second generation star continued his winning streak by demolishing Serpentico. He even threw in another suplex to QT Marshall on the stage for good measure.

H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.