Taz opens today’s show speaking about the recent angle between Chris Jericho and Kenny Omega in NJPW. He loved what those two guys did here, and Jericho’s surprise appearance in Japan really shocked the live crowd. However, he didn’t like how Kevin Kelly and the commentary team handled this. Jericho was back on to the camera so the viewers at home couldn’t tell who it was initially, yet the announcers began screaming “Oh my God, it’s Jericho!”
Taz says that commentators need to use their monitors because that’s what the viewers at home are seeing. He recalls McMahon telling him and Michael Cole in their ear pieces to look right into their monitors because a surprise was coming and he wanted the announcers to react to what the viewers were seeing at home.
He points out that NJPW is usually great at keeping secrets, but he can tell by the way that they called the action that the commentary team knew Jericho was going to make an appearance. If Taz was running NJPW he would have kept this from the commentators so they would have reacted organically like a fan.
He credits Jericho for his great beatdown of Omega, and he adds that Omega sold all of Jericho’s offence wonderfully. The entire thing felt old school and Taz calls it ‘badass’. Jericho is the perfect guy to pull this off in Taz’s opinion because he has the experience and knowledge, and he knows exactly the kind of heat that was needed to make this angle work.