Taz delivers a special New Years Day edition of The Taz Show, in which he’ll break down his list of the Top 5 Wrestlers of 2017.
Before that, he points out that there have been a lot of changes happening behind the scenes of The Taz Show lately, but he’s happy to announce that The Taz Show will continue in 2018 with shows on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. He will get back into the swing of things with this new schedule beginning next week.
Top presents his top 5 wrestlers of 2017.
5. Kevin Owens
Taz thinks Owens should be on everyone’s top 5 list for 2017, because he had a great year in WWE. He points out that Owens appears to have great chemistry with everyone he works with in the ring, and his promo work has been on point all year as well.
Owens is one of the top heels in WWE, and he also sells great which is very important as a heel. Taz points out that Owens isn’t a small man, so that makes his ability to work and bump even more impressive. His feuds this year with A.J. Styles and Shane McMahon were very entertaining, and both feuds delivered in the ring.
Taz recalls working for TNA a few years ago and he was heavily recruiting Owens to work for TNA during that time. He’s been a fan of Owens for as long as he can remember, and he wishes he had the opportunity to work with Owens because he thinks they could have done tremendous business together in the ring and on the mic.
4. A. J. Styles
Taz mentions that A.J. Styles had another standout year in 2017, and he ended the year as WWE Champion. Styles always delivers in big matches, and he proved that again this year through quality matches with Shane McMahon, John Cena, and Brock Lesnar. Taz points out that Styles was the glue that held those three matches together.
Taz is very impressed by Asuka, and her unbeaten streak is still holding fast as we enter 2018. He mentions that when Asuka works in the ring, it looks like she’s shooting on her opponent but she’s obviously not. She has the combination of looking smooth and stiff at the same time and it takes an incredible worker to pull this off.
He notes that Asuka is limited on the mic, but she’s still been able to get over to a North American audience by talking rarely and relying heavily on her convincing offence in the ring.
2. Kenny Omega
Omega’s aura and star power is incredible for someone who has not worked in WWE, and his stock continued to rise all through 2017 in Taz’s opinion.
Taz knows that NJPW pays their talents very well, especially their top stars. He doesn’t think Omega has any financial motivation to move to WWE at all, and he thinks the only way we’ll see Omega in WWE at some point in the future is if that’s a personal goal of his. Taz admits that he hopes Omega never goes to WWE because he’d be one of the only top stars in the history of the business to prove that you can build an entire career and make a successful living without having to work for the “WWE machine”.
1. Cody Rhodes
Taz is amazed by what Rhodes has accomplished over the last year. His star power is at a higher level now working the indies than it was when he worked for WWE, the biggest wrestling promotion in the world. He says that Rhodes clearly has a chip on his shoulder, and he hopes Rhodes never loses that.
Taz gives honourable mentions to several wrestlers including The Miz, Braun Strowman, Johnny Morrison, Alexa Bliss and Charlotte.
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!