Taz opens today’s show by discussing the announcement of the first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match. He thinks this is great for the evolution of the professional wrestling business and great for women’s wrestling as a whole. He’s proud of all the women who have made this come to fruition.
He points out that a lot of the women in the ring on RAW looked very surprised when Stephanie McMahon came to the the ring and made that announcement. He suspects that WWE kept this surprise from the women so that they’d have a genuine reaction to the news when they first heard it live in the middle of the ring.
Taz adds that Ronda Rousey might make her WWE debut in this Royal Rumble, depending on how her training is progressing. He recalls McMahon telling him before his WWE debut that he couldn’t enter the Rumble match, because if he debuted in the Rumble match he’d have to win it. He thinks the same rule applies to Rousey is in this case.
Taz comments on Dean Ambrose’s triceps injury. He says that these types of injuries are very difficult to deal with, and he has experience dealing with a bicep tear. The fact that doctors are doing an exploratory surgery is probably good news for Ambrose because it confirms that doctors aren’t sure how severe the injury is. Taz says he knew immediately that his bicep was torn when it happened because it hurt like hell, so maybe Ambrose’s injury isn’t quite as bad.
Speaking about the tag team match on Smackdown Live between The New Day and Rusev/English, Taz says this match was all for the kids, because he has no other explanation for why these guys were rolling around the ring in Christmas costumes. Taz informs that he loves the ‘Rusev Day’ gimmick, and he loves when English sings as well.
He liked the opening segment of the show featuring in-ring promos from Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan. He thinks these guys have great chemistry together, and he’s interested in seeing where this storyline leads. It’s almost as if Shane McMahon is turning heel, but that’s not a guarantee at this point.
Taz thought Charlotte cut a good promo last night, talking about the importance of the Women’s Royal Rumble match. He points out that this was a prime opportunity for Charlotte to turn heel and he thought for a minute that WWE was going to pull the trigger on it, but she stayed the course and cut a straight babyface promo.
Taz thought the Dolph Ziggler promo segment was very cool in the sense that it gave viewers an overview of his career highlights. Taz admits that watching those clips reminded him of just how successful Ziggler has been in his career, and that’s the exact impact WWE was looking to have. He’s a fan of what Ziggler is doing creatively right now as well, leaving the Title in the ring and storming out.
Ziggler made it known that he feels like he’s bigger than the US Title, laid the Title down and left. This leaves a lot of questioned unanswered especially with Ziggler’s WWE contract about to run out, so WWE has done a good job of embracing that real-life story and inserting it into their programming.
As soon as this segment ended WWE cut to a backstage segment with Daniel Bryan on his phone, and Taz thought that was a terrible decision. He points out that WWE should have went to commercial after Ziggler walked out and this would have allowed the show to reset. If they showed Bryan, the Smackdown GM, on camera right after Ziggler laid down the belt and left, Bryan absolutely needed to address that situation.
He’s sure that Vince McMahon was angry about this, and if Ziggler goes to McMahon and asks him why they handled things that way, he’s sure McMahon will admit that this was handled wrong and will apologize to Ziggler.
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!