Taz opens today’s show by commenting on the horrific attack that occurred in New York 16 years ago today. He sends his thoughts and prayers to all the families affected during that tragedy, and all the first responders who are suffering today due to their heroic efforts that day.
Taz was still wrestling with WWE at the time and was stuck in Houston when the attacks occurred. His wife and young child were still in New York, and it was a very scary situation knowing he couldn’t get home to be with them. At first he couldn’t get in contact with his wife but finally he was able to reach her, and he took comfort in knowing his wife and son were okay.
He continues by saying that Vince McMahon wanted to use his private plane to fly some wrestlers from the New York area home so they could be with their families, but his jet wasn’t allowed to take off. Eventually planes started flying again and Taz knew he’d have to get to the airport very early to make it through the lines, but even though he was 4 or 5 hours early, the lines were still out through the airport doors.
While waiting in line Taz received a call from a WWE employee who told him that there was a seat available on a larger plane that Vince McMahon chartered, in order to ensure more people could get out of Houston and get closer to home in the Northeast. Taz was very thankful for that, and it’s something he’ll never forget.