Jim Ross has openly discussed how Tazz was not a popular hire within WWE, and how that hampered his career with the company creatively.
At the time when the former ECW Champion arrived in the company, Good Ol’ JR was Head Of Talent Relations with WWE. The New York native made his debut for the company at the Royal Rumble in 2000, choking out Kurt Angle at Madison Square Garden.
However much the crowd were behind the debut of ‘The Human Suplex Machine’, some would say that night in ‘The City That Never Sleeps’ was as good as it got for his WWE career.
Talking on his Grilling JR Podcast, Jim Ross discussed how WWE certainly didn’t make the most of the signing of Tazz, and that they could have done much more creatively.
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 in-ring career with WWE was far shorter than his time with the company at the commentary table. He ceased in-ring competition in 2002, when he joined Michael Cole on commentary for SmackDown. After leaving WWE in 2009, Tazz went on to drop a ‘z’ and join the desk for IMPACT Wrestling.
Taz is now a member of All Elite Wrestling, having joined the company in 2019. As well as providing commentary, he has also formed ‘Team Taz’ including the likes of Powerhouse Hobbs and Ricky Starks. Hobbs will be the opponent for CM Punk in his second match for the company at AEW Rampage: Grand Slam.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.