Taz opens today’s show by questioning several of WWE’s booking decisions from last night’s episode of Monday Night RAW. Jason Jordan was removed from the 5 0n 5 traditional Survivor Series match in favour of the returning Triple H, but Taz would have preferred to see Jordan remain in that match and turn heel at Survivor Series.
He also points out that Bray Wyatt returned to RAW last night to face Jason Jordan, and Taz feels Wyatt would have been a suitable replacement for Jordan if WWE was determined to pull Jordan from this match. Another suitable replacement would have been Elias in his opinion. Ultimately, Triple H is a huge star who definitely makes the Survivor Series match feel bigger.
Taz doesn’t understand why WWE continues to stifle Kurt Angle on their programming. Angle is a legitimate bad ass who was made to look like a weakling from the start of last night’s show to the finish, and this has happened several weeks in a row now. Taz points out that maybe WWE is heading towards Angle vs. Triple H at WrestleMania but he isn’t a fan of that idea because both of those men are in the twilight of their careers.
He continues by saying that both Kurt Angle and Jason Jordan were made to look like fools last night and several other talents such as Bray Wyatt were passed over, all in order to make Triple H look good. Sure, Triple H got a great pop, but WWE always sets Triple H up to get great pops by keeping him off of regular television and then brining him back in prominent positions such as the one he was placed in last night.
When a huge talent from the past like Triple H steps in the ring he sucks up all the spotlight, and if he’s in a match with nine other performers he’s going to outshine all of them, whether that’s WWE’s goal or not. At Survivor Series, it’s going to be all about The Game and it doesn’t matter who has to take the beating on the other side of the coin, whether it be Bobby Roode, Nakamura, or anyone else.
A listener calls into the show and asks Taz if he’d prefer to see Kurt Angle versus Triple H at Royal Rumble instead of WrestleMania. Taz says he’d have no problem with those two wrestling at the Rumble, because Triple H versus Shane McMahon would be a much bigger match for WrestleMania. Taz thinks the family dynamic in a Triple H/Shane McMahon storyline would make for some very entertaining television.
Taz thought Paul Heyman’s promo last night was very well done, but he wishes that Heyman would have at least acknowledged Jinder Mahal. He loved that Heyman went off script and ridiculed the guy who proposed to his girlfriend in the middle of his promo, and Taz points out that this is a rarity in the business today.
Taz recalls a lot of Superstars ad-libbing during their promos back in the day, but Superstars simply aren’t allowed to do this type of thing today. Heyman has earned Vince McMahon’s respect and he can get away with this type of thing, but basically anyone else would have had to answer to McMahon for this. Taz thinks Kevin Owen could easily ad-lib like this and create entertaining moments, but it’s simply not permitted.
Taz welcomes Mike Johnson from PWInsider to the show.
Johnson informs that RAW will retaliate to Smackdown Live’s initial siege by storming the arena during Smackdown Live tonight. He says that there are roughly 15 RAW Superstars present backstage at the show, and this will lead to those Superstars attacking the Smackdown Live roster on the show tonight. Johnson informs that some of the RAW Superstars backstage are Sheamus, Cesaro, Bayley, Sasha Banks as well as The Shield.
Taz thought the end of RAW’s main event match between Kane and Braun Strowman was cool, with both men going through the ring due to Strowman’s powerslam. Taz compares this to the night he and Bam Bam Bigelow went through the ring at an ECW PPV. He says that last night’s spot was simply a one-off stunt, but when he and Bigelow did it, it was the culmination of months of storytelling.
Taz assumes that a lot of younger, newer fans thought last night’s spot was awesome, but he believes that a lot of older, more hardcore fans weren’t really impressed by it. He truly believes that in spite of WWE’s massive production budget, ECW shot the spot featuring him and Bigelow more effectively than WWE shot the Strowman/Kane spot last night.
He says that ECW shot the spot with a wide angle camera, allowing the viewers at home to see the fans react in the arena. He also points out that Bigelow pulled him out of the hole and pinned him 1, 2, 3 in the middle of the ring to win the Title, whereas WWE just randomly inserted it into a throw away match on RAW last night with no real stakes involved.
That sums up today’s episode of The Taz Show. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya tomorrow for another recap!