The rumor mill has been spinning about the status of the former "Human Suplex Machine" Taz. It was recently reported via WrestlingInc.com that his contract was set to expire, and the possibility to return to the WWE becoming very strong. The consensus was that if he was going to return to the WWE, it would be in an announcing role, most likely on SmackDown where he honed his craft.
Taz even made a cryptic tweet that possibly hinted at promoting a future WWE Raw event.
Now deleted, Taz tweeted:
Couple of big wrestling shows in my "hometown" of Brooklyn! #RedHookNearBarclay
WWE Raw is scheduled to appear in Barclay a day after the Money in the Bank pay-per-view, which would have been past Taz's contract expiration date for TNA, giving him enough time to return to the WWE.
However, all of this speculation can officially end.
Taz confirmed via Twitter that he has re-signed with TNA, thus ceasing all the rumors of the WWE return.
I'm very proud to announce that I've re-signed w/TNA Wrestling!! #Lovemyhome— TAZ (@OfficialTAZ) July 3, 2013
Regarding his commentating since his days with TNA, Taz has been under much scrutiny. As a result of his far-too-often jumbling of words, coupled with his inability to stick to the match by going off in irrelevant tangents in many cases, he has not been highly regarded while sitting in the booth. He first joined TNA as a mentor/adviser to Samoa Joe, which created a good enough buzz to make him a relevant on-air personality. However, a month later, he resumed his duties as a commentator alongside Mike Tenay, and his stock plummeted.
Taz made a quick impression by debuting at the 2000 Royal Rumble and defeating a red-hot Kurt Angle. Despite this, Taz(z) never reached the main event status that he donned in ECW. In fact, the only championships he attained during his wrestling tenure were the Hardcore and Tag Team championships.
As a result of nagging injuries, Taz joined the SmackDown commentary team less than two years after his WWE debut. He actually added a refreshing element to the commentating team, most notably coining the phrase "Here comes the pain!" for Brock Lesnar and even transcending the phrase to a subtitle in the WWE SmackDown video game series.
Although he has cemented himself as a notable commentator, this news of him not returning to the WWE isn't a major disappointment—unless you are still a big fan of Taz (I sure would like to know who these people are).
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