Here is the News From new wrestling sensation company AEW, as former ECW Heavyweight Champion Taz was this week’s guest on the AEW unrestricted podcast, and spoke about how careful the upstart- promotion is on taking people on. He said:
“No matter if you’re a wrestler, broadcaster, referee, backstage coach, whatever you are. Because there are a lot of piranhas, and scumbags, and sh*theads in this business. And unfortunately, a lot of them are from my generation.”
Though the chat on the podcast was mostly about AEW, the Former WWE Star also spoke about his WWE debut at the 2000 Royal Rumble PPV, saying:
“When I wrestled Kurt [Angle] at the Garden, when I came out when I heard that pop, I knew I was f*cked. I knew I was doomed. I knew it….It was a legit surprise and a legit pop in the world’s most famous arena. The reason why I knew I was doomed is because that pop did not come from WWE. I was a made guy before I got to WWE, and WWE at that time, they never would admit it then, and they wont admit it now, they didn’t want made guys.”
The Human Suplex Machin went on to explain how from the moment he walked out, he was begging the fans to be silent, rather than cheer him as a made guy from another company and that wasn’t the only issue with the match.
Later in the interview, Tazz explained how a poorly-timed Suplex spot quickly led to the company giving up on him, and after walking through the curtain to nobody wanting, Tazz had an underwhelming WWE run, left on his own terms, and is grateful for what the Vince and company did for him.
Nowadays, Tazz can be found in the new rivalry company AEW, where he seems much happier working for a company without so much backstage politics.