A listener calls into the show and talks about Paul Heyman’s recent comments, where he praised the potential impact of Ronda Rousey in WWE. Taz agrees with Heyman in the sense that Rousey is a big name who will certainly bring some mainstream attention to WWE. Rousey also has a Judo background, which would probably help her learn the in-ring aspects of the business quicker than most new recruits.
Taz says that Judo technicians are taught how to take falls in the same way that professional wrestlers are taught how to ‘bump’. Taz also had a background in judo before beginning to train as a professional wrestler, and he believes it really helped him learn how to bump early on in his career.
He admits that it can be tough for legitimate fighters to make the transition to professional wrestling. For years they’ve been fighting to defend themselves, and it’s tough to stop that defence mechanism once you become a pro wrestler. Pro wrestling requires that you work with your opponent and that can be a tough transition. He points out that we only hear about the success stories such as Lesnar and Angle, but there have been a lot that have tried and failed.
Taz says that Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon or Charlotte would be huge draws for one off attractions, which is what he assumes Heyman meant. Taz is not a fan of those types of attractions, and he’d rather see Rousey come in as a full time talent. However if that’s the plan, it’s going to require some real training on Rousey’s behalf.
Taz speculates that perhaps Heyman is laying the groundwork for a partnership with Rousey, and he thinks that would be great if it ever happens.