Taz opens today’s show speaking about the commentary at last night’s Survivor Series PPV. He says that it was very tough to follow the 5-man booth, and Booker T came off as most credible out of all the commentators because he was pro-Raw through and through. Michael Cole and Corey Graves seemed to swing back and forth between supporting RAW and Smackdown Live.
In regards to Corey Graves seemingly attacking Booker T from time to time, Taz is sure that Graves wasn’t going into business for himself when he said those lines. All those shots at Booker T were definitely produced for him in Taz’s opinion. He adds that he loves Graves’ work, but Graves shouldn’t have even been on the broadcast last night given that he works on both shows.
Taz says that Graves and Cole teaming up on Booker T is actually starting to annoy him because Booker T is a former World Champion who accomplished a lot in the business. He doesn’t understand why WWE’s producers are dead set on burying Booker T.
He thought The Shield and The New Day had a good match, but he doesn’t understand why WWE bothered implementing any rules during this bout. The 6 men were going toe to toe for the majority of the match, and tags were often of little importance. He points out that Jey Uso’s flying tag to his brother was a spectacular spot.
Taz is unsure what happened that could have prevented Paige from returning and joining Team Smackdown, and he hopes that she doesn’t have backstage heat. He thought the Women’s 5 on 5 match was good and it was cool seeing Tamina and Nia Jax face off. Asuka picked up the win and WWE is clearly pushing her to the moon right now.
He thought Brock Lesnar and A.J. Styles had an unbelievable match and this didn’t surprise him at all because their styles are so different and he knew they’d have good chemistry. He thought the calf crusher spot was fantastic, and he loves how Lesnar sold his knee after catching Styles for an F5 at the end of the match.
In regards to Triple H picking up the pin in the main event, Taz points out that nothing has changed since 2000. This finish had him shaking his head, and while most fans will think WWE did the right thing by having Strowman standing tall at the end of the show, Taz wasn’t fooled. Last night’s main event match was all about Triple H, and that’s been the case for the last 15 years.
He doesn’t understand why WWE couldn’t build new stars by putting someone like Nakamura in that highlighted spot last night. He also wishes they’d stop making Kurt Angle look like “shit”. He says that Angle is one of the most legitimate badasses in the history of the business, and they’re making him look terrible.
In spite of his issues with the main event of Survivor Series, he thought WWE put off a great weekend of wrestling overall. He really enjoyed NXT: War Games as well, and he was particularly impressed by the match between Velveteen Dream and Aleister Black. He points out that the story of this entire feud was getting Black to say Dream’s name, and when that finally happened after the match he thought the announcers missed the opportunity to drive that point home.
A listener calls into the show and says he wasn’t happy with Triple H having the spotlight in the main event of Survivor Series, but if it leads to Strowman getting the ‘rub’ from Triple H down the line then he’s okay with it. Taz isn’t sure if WWE is going that route or not, but if they do he’s sure Triple H will do what’s best for business and make Strowman look like a star. Triple H may be getting older but he still makes people better when he’s in the ring with them.
Taz says he felt horrible for Drew McIntyre who tore his bicep in the NXT Championship match on Saturday night. This injury usually brings with it a recovery time of 4-7 months, but Taz is sure McIntyre will bounce back better than ever. Some fans have been saying that this finish was an audible, called after McInytre suffered the injury. Taz says he can say for certain that this was not an audible.
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!