Taz opens today’s show speaking about Goldberg’s Hall of Fame induction. Taz doesn’t have any issue with this induction at all. Goldberg was a legitimate athlete who transitioned into the wrestling business, and his undefeated streak, which was Mike Tenay’s idea, really made Goldberg into a household name. Taz congratulates Goldberg and wishes him all the best.
Taz is quite excited for the 25th anniversary edition of Monday Night RAW next week. It’s been reported that several legends are returning to the show, including Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler who will reunite to call some of the action. Taz wonders if Braun Strowman’s attack on Cole last night was done to make room for Ross and Lawler to call the entire show next week.
He doubts that Cole is happy with this situation because he has sat in that lead commentator’s chair for over a decade now and that’s his seat. He doesn’t think Cole will be with WWE for the extended future, and he predicts Cole will leave the company within the last 2-3 years.
He points out that Cole, and all the other announcers deal with a lot of “Shi*” on a daily basis. Vince McMahon, Triple H and the other officials like to play games and take advantage of the commentators, especially the colour commentators. He has witnessed this and he was also a victim of this during his time there, and he thinks WWE needs to start appreciating their commentary teams more.
Taz comments on the rumours that EC3 and Bobby Lashley might be on their way to WWE since their contracts with Impact Wrestling have expired. He points out that he likes EC3 a lot, and while his in-ring work is just “okay”, his mic work has taken him to great places in the wrestling business. Taz also says he’d love to see Lashley back in WWE, and a possible matchup with Brock Lesnar would be fantastic.
Taz feels terrible about Paige’s recent injury. He points out that he’s not a fan of dangerous bumps like this from behind where the talent can’t protect themselves. However, Taz doesn’t think Sasha Banks is a dangerous performer at all. Wrestling is a tough, dangerous business and these types of things happen. He hopes that people ease up on their criticisms of Banks, because she probably already feels terrible about this.
Taz likes that WWE made Braun Strowman look like a monster again on RAW last night, however he didn’t like the promo segment that started the show because this made Strowman look like an average guy again. As the show progressed, WWE presented Kurt Angle like a scared little boy and Taz hates how they’ve continuously done this over the last few months. He points out that Angle is a Gold medalist and a WWE Hall of Famer, so he shouldn’t be scared of everyone and everything.
Taz liked The Revival’s promo last night and while he likes their throwback gimmick, he thinks they need to adjust their ring gear because their current gear is not flattering them at all. They’re trying to look like Arn Anderson but they don’t have Arn Anderson’s body. He also thinks that their promo last night is setting them up for the beating of a lifetime from all the legends at next week’s episode of RAW.
Taz welcomes ECW original, “The Queen of Extreme” Francine to the show.
Taz points out that Francine had great chemistry with Shane Douglas right from their first night working together. Francine agrees and says that she and Douglas basically worked everyone into believing they were in a legitimate relationship at that time. She was obviously okay with fans thinking that, but it still bothers her somewhat that her peers thought that because Douglas was a married man.
Francine informs that she has been in a lot of locker rooms throughout her career, but the original ECW locker room was her favourite. She admits that she was very uncomfortable in WWE, and she would often hide in the building to avoid people. She would go to catering to eat as quick as possible, and then she’d go hide again.
Francine points out that she never wanted to say no to people when they asked her to do certain things on ECW programming. She felt that the more she did, the more people would think she deserved to be in that locker room. The only time she said no was on one of the last PPVs when Paul Heyman asked her to fall from top of ladder to the outside of the ring and through a table. They weren’t getting paid at the time and there was no insurance to cover her if she broke a bone or got injured, so she had to say no.
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!