Are Tazz and the WWE Going Their Separate Ways?
The Human suplex machine, Mr. FTW, Human Wrecking Machine, The one man crime spree, and The Tazamaniac. All these nicknames belong to one man: Tazz.
The 5-foot-9, 240-pound man known as Tazz didn't look like he can do much harm, but once you stepped in the ring with "The Tazmaniac," he proved why he should not be messed with.
Tazz has been in the wrestling business for years. He started his career under the name Tazmaniac in San Juan, Puerto Rico, in 1987. After dominating the indie circuit Tazz contacted the infamous Paul Heyman to be part of the brand-new ECW.
Tazz did not disappoint, as he showed Heyman that the contract he offered "The Human Suplex Machine" was well worth it. On Dec. 5, 1993, Taz beat the wild and crazy Sabu to claim his first ECW championship.
Tazz suffered a major neck injury at the hands of 2 Cold Scorpio. After the long awaited return, Tazz returned with no respect shown towards him.
So Tazz presented a new title and proclaims his self as the FTW (F*** The World) champion, which led him back to main event status.
Tazz didn't have to carry that title for long, as he pinned "The Franchise" Shane Douglas to become the new ECW champion on Jan. 10, 1999, at the "Guilty as Charged" PPV.
Tazz went on a rampage, holding the title for a nine-month reign before he lost the belt to Mike Awesome.
His anger at losing the belt would end, as the WWF offered Tazz a contract.
On Jan. 20, 2000, Tazz made his much anticipated debut at the Royal Rumble taking on the then-undefeated Kurt Angle. Tazz delivered his devastating Tazzmission where Kurt Angle passed out, ending his reign of victories.
Tazz went on to hold the Hardcore title on a couple occasions, and also the WWE Tag Team titles. Although Tazz' WWE career in the ring was short-lived, there is no doubt Tazz left his mark on WWE history.
Tazz stepped out of the ring and climbed into the commentator's chair. He went from Smackdown back to the reformed ECW with Joey Syles by his side. Tazz later returned to Smackdown as Mick Foley left to go to TNA wrestling.
Last night, would be Tazz' last day of being in the WWE, as his contract expires today, and there is no word on an offer to renew his contract. Whatever the Tazmaniac does in the future, I give him best wishes for success.
"Thug-Life born, Thug-Life bred, and when the time is right, I'll be Thug-Life dead." -Tazz
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