Tazz Likely Returning to WWE and If He Does, What His Role Should Be

Photo courtesy of WWE
Photo courtesy of WWE
Justin LaBarFeatured ColumnistJune 27, 2013

It's only a matter of time before Tazz makes his return to WWE. That's just how it goes.

It's being reported by PWInsider that Tazz's contact is expiring in a matter of days from TNA Impact wrestling. This makes sense. I had heard earlier in the week via rumor in the grapevine that another ECW original, in addition to Rob Van Dam, had signed on for a yearlong deal to return to WWE.

Tazz, like so many others, left WWE years ago when the product was really starting to go downhill and things were repetitive. He went to new ground. Easier work schedule, less stress of a work environment. He was sold the Kool-Aid that this could be the next big company to work for. Even if he didn't drink the Kool-Aid, he at least recognized it was the next biggest wrestling company to get steady bookings and pay.

As it was for Christian, Ric Flair, Mick Foley, RVD and I predict eventually will be for Kurt Angle, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy―at the end of the day, WWE is where you want to be. Those guys all know there are good people and loyal fans with TNA Impact. However, that doesn't equal the good money to be made at WWE and the credibility of being in the big leagues.

Is it better to be a champion in the minors or role player in the majors? Christian, Flair, Foley, RVD and  likely Tazz all eventually came to the same conclusion.

I'd imagine if and when Tazz returns to WWE, that he'll be commentating again. I've always enjoyed Tazz on commentary, but a commentator doesn't sell a ticket or pay-per-view due to their appearance. They just don't. Even as good as Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler were together, I refuse to think someone was on the fence about buying a pay-per-view and said, “That's right, JR and King are on commentary so I definitely am buying the show.” The commentators sell with their narration of the stories.

I think where Tazz can really help the overall machine is if he does frequent work with those in NXT developmental. I've met and worked with guys who have done some type of training or school with Tazz. I've never heard a negative word about him in regards to motivating and improving a young wrestler.

Commentator and trainer are the two most logical uses of his talents. He should never be a manager because he still looks like he could be the toughest guy in the ring who could make you tap out, and he probably could. It's like having a referee over six feet tall who takes the visual buzz away from the wrestlers.

Perhaps Matt Striker can take the place of Tazz on TNA commentary and in Aces & Eights. Wait, I think I just spoiled exactly what is going to happen. Oh well.

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