Retirement is an inevitable part of a wrestler’s career, and for veteran wrestler Taz, it seems like he won’t be returning to the ring anytime soon.

Responding to a fan’s question on social media about whether he would come out of retirement for a Taz match, the former WWE Hardcore Champion confirmed that he has no plans to return to active competition.

Taz enjoyed a 19-year in-ring career, establishing himself as a force to be reckoned with during his time in ECW. He later went on to win the WWF Hardcore Championship three times during his tenure with WWE.

While Taz may not be returning to the ring, he is still keeping himself involved in the industry. He has been a commentator for AEW since 2019 and has been known to hype up his son, Hook, who is also a wrestler.


Taz urged the fan who asked him about his return to the ring to keep up with his son instead. He touted Hook’s athleticism and presence, claiming that he is 10 times the athlete Taz ever was and that it took Taz 6-7 years to find “it,” while his son simply “is it.”

“Not a shot. I’m 55, I retired from the ring a long time ago. It’s a young persons business IMO. Watch my son, he’s 10x the athlete I ever was & his presence/vibe blows mine away. Took me 6-7 years to find “it”….he IS “it”. He’s just getting warmed up…trust me,” Taz tweeted.

Taz has never shied away from praising his son, even going so far as to claim that Hook would “massacre” the legendary Matt Hardy in a one-on-one match in AEW.

Retirement may be inevitable, but Taz’s passion for the industry and his support for his son show that his love for wrestling will continue long after his in-ring career is over.

What do you think about Taz’s decision to stay retired from active competition? Leave a comment.

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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