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Taz opens today’s show by informing that this is episode 499 of The Taz Show. He will be having a special 500th episode special this coming Friday and his special guest will be Chris Jericho.

Taz says points out that Roman Reigns’ Intercontinental Title run got off to a hot start last night, after Michael Cole informed that a picture of Reigns and his Title received nearly 600,000 likes on Instagram this past week. This made Taz think about just how popular Reigns is, and there’s no denying that he’s a major star at this point in his career.

He goes on to say that Reigns checks all the boxes for WWE right now, and that’s why the company continues to invest money in him. Reigns is over with the audience, whether they cheer him or boo him, and he makes the company money, so he’s the real deal when it comes to WWE Superstars right now.


Taz likes Elias a lot as an entertainer, and he points out that Elias’ mini-concert last night was longer than most of his segments. When Elias and Reigns finally started their match, Taz thought they had a great, competitive bout. However, one thing that stood out to Taz during this match has become an issue for WWE as of late.

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Some talents in WWE have all developed the same look. Elias and Reigns made this very clear during last night’s match as they’re both muscular men with long black hair, black beards, black boots and black pants. He also thought that the commentary was poor during this match as the commentators were signalling throughout the entire bout that Elias was going to come up short in the end.

Nonetheless, he thought both men had a great match and he thought this match elevated Elias overall. He actually wishes that this match would have closed RAW instead of the Kane segment that also featured Jason Jordan, Finn Balor and Braun Strowman.

Taz points out that we saw more of Absolution on RAW this week, with Paige, Rose and Deville attacking Sasha Banks. He’s a big fan of what he’s seen physically thus far from Deville, and he thought her offence looked very crisp again last night. He also thought WWE made the right call by having Alexa Bliss leave the ringside area when Absolution came out.

Taz would have had them stand on the ring floor to cut their promo instead of the ring apron, which looked somewhat clunky. This was the first time he’d seen Mandy Rose speak and he points out that she needs more work in that area. Deville, on the other hand brought the goods on the mic in Taz’s opinion.

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He mentions that it appears as if WWE is finally going to embrace the ‘Broken’ Matt Hardy character, with Hardy ‘breaking’ after his match with Bray Wyatt last night. However, Taz thought that WWE could have executed this much better. He wishes that WWE would have embraced the ‘sci-fi’ element here, having an Undertaker-like lightning bolt hit Matt in the ring as the lights went out. When the lights came back up Hardy would have been gone, only to emerge ‘broken’ with his brother Jeff in a few weeks.

Taz couldn’t believe that WWE booked Asuka to back out of the ring after Absolution surrounded her last night. He points out that Asuka, the babyface, should never be backing down from a fight, whether she’s outnumbered 3-1 or not.

He says that Seth Rollins and Cesaro have great chemistry, and they showed that again last night in their match that opened the show. Unfortunately, the show closed with a confusing mix-match of talent. He still doesn’t know what WWE is doing with Jason Jordan but he knows that they’re reaching the point of no return with him as a babyface.

Overall he says that there were a couple cool moments on last night’s episode of RAW, but if you didn’t watch the show you didn’t really miss much.

That sums up today’s episode of The Taz Show. You can listen to the show yourself anytime here, and I’ll catch ya on Friday for another recap!

Steve Carrier

Steve is the Founder of RingsideNews. He has been writing about professional wrestling since 1996. He first got into website development at the time and has been focusing on bringing his readers the best professional wrestling news at it's highest quality.

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