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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2020 04:13 pm
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Started in the Indys as The Tazmaniac. Went off to ECW where you really have to hand it to Paul E for getting him over as 'a shooter'. Off to the WWE with a spelling change (Tazz) and now currently an AEW announcer.


Critics would point to him not being tall enough. I dunno. I think his schtick in ECW was pretty damn good.

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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2020 04:23 pm
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Taz was talented but he’s the poster child for the brilliance of Heyman’s booking. He convinced everyone that guy was a bad-ass shooter at a time when the UFC was just taking off and everyone loved it.



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 Posted: Sat Jan 25th, 2020 05:29 pm
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That pop he got at the 2000 Rumble was off the charts. As above, his shooter gimmick in ECW was peak Heyman booking. He never adapted to the punch-kick WWE style where his suplexes and mat wrestling weren't welcome. Did well to transition to announcing before he was turned into too much of a joke.

If he'd started in shape, there was probably room for an in-ring comeback at some point, but he embarrassed himself with his mini-feud with Lawler.

If he'd come around 10 years later, he'd have been amazing in the early days of ROH and TNA, but in the 90s, he was never going to get a real push in WWE or WCW.



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I first saw Taz during the team Taz era and I was hooked. I thought he was a bad mother Fucker. His “trainees” walking out with him and surrounding the ring was a great look.


I ran hot and cold with the Taz persona over the rest of his ECW time and was hopeful when he arrived in the E but I quickly lost interest.



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Best description I ever heard of him was circa 1999/2000 when some weisenheimer online said: "Paul Heyman created a 5 foot Andre the Giant!"

Indeed, Heyman made a monster out of a guy who seemed destined to be a mid-card act. I first saw him in the hype for "Double Tables" when ECW was getting hot in early 1995. Then, a few months later, they kinda' broke kayfabe by first having him as a guest commentator, Peter Senercia. After the match, they revealed who he was and I thought it was very well done. "3 letters. 1 man" (or something like that). Such a simple presentation to make a guy into a serious tushy-kicker.

Hated him as a commentator. He seemed like a breath of fresh air, at first, but he quickly became unbearable. I felt like he thought he was too clever or funny.

Oh, I did like his quick appearance with "Paulie from the Sopranos" in a Stacker 2 commercial, circa 2001.

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 Posted: Sun Jan 26th, 2020 12:48 am
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Still amazed that he was the first person to go over Kurt Angle, and not in a good way. Always expect Willy Wonka to show up and drag him back to the candy factory.

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Loved Taz and the whole persona, right up until the point where he believed in the gimmick so much that he felt he was actually the toughest man alive. And I mean no offense in saying this, but look at everybody he fought as ECW Champion and tell me how many of them he could’ve legit taken down if it wasn’t a worked wrestling match. He suplexed guys that could have just deadweighted and ruined his whole shooter gimmick in 10 seconds. And it’s why he didn’t work in WWE - he was just so much shorter than most of the upper level talent. But I did and still do like him. And I agree with EVERYONE that says this was Paul Heyman’s best creation.



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Fake-ass tough guy who let his gimmick get to his head.

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I like his entrance music.



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Sad thing is he would be one of the tallest guys in NXT nowadays.



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I remember seeing clips of him in ECW thinking he looked awesome. then when he appeared in the WWF and he was completely exposed and I am thinking wow look how small he is.

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'Timing' of all things was part of his 'rise'.


Got over as a 'shooter' and at a time UFC was taking off

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Benlen wrote: I like his entrance music.
The only semi-bad ass KISS song ever. 



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 Posted: Mon Jan 27th, 2020 05:04 pm
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I liked Taz in his ECW heyday and was disappointed when his WWE push evaporated so quickly. However, it was probably for the best as far his life and career are concerned. It enabled him to avoid sliding into midcard hell with a release around 2004 and a return in 2006 and 2007 for as long as Heyman ran the revived ECW with a diminishing indy career afterwards. Instead he became a WWE broadcaster, has worked for TNA/Impact, and moved into a mainstream broadcasting career. He's now the morning co-host for CBS Sports Radio Network. It's not as prominent a spot as the comparable ESPN Radio spot, but it's on par with Fox Sports Radio and he gets cross promotion and carriage via CBS Sports Radio Network carrying the Jim Rome Show.

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freebirdsforever2019 wrote: Fake-ass tough guy who let his gimmick get to his head.
People complain about wrestlers taking their gimmick too seriously and in Taz's case he owes his career to it. A big part of what got him over was how he projected himself, and it was his attitude that allowed for it. 



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