Last week, WWE celebrated 1000 episodes of SmackDown with a special show. Names such as Edge, Rey Mysterio, Ric Flair, Batista, Triple H, The McMahon Family, and many more appeared on the program. However, one key member os SmackDown history was noticeably missing from the show. That member being former WWE and ECW star Taz. He served as a commentator for the company from 2001 to 2009 before departing.
The team of Taz and Michael Cole at the commentary table became a staple in the identity of the blue brand. It was an interesting decision not to have Taz on SmackDown 1000. It turns out, however, that WWE didn’t even reach out to Taz for an appearance. Taz spoke on the subject during a recent conversation on his podcast, “The Taz Show.” Here’s what he had to say:
“It is ridiculous. I’ve got to be honest with you….I heard nothing and maybe they were waiting for me to reach them. That’s not how this cowboy’s wired up, so I’m not doing that. I have no desire to reach out to them to be at SmackDown 1000. It’s disappointing and I’ve got to be honest. I mean this from the bottom of my heart Mike [Johnson]. It’s disappointing, not for me, but for the true wrestling fans that take pride and love the history of the business, the tradition of the business, the legacy of the business.
“If you’re gonna do a SmackDown 1000 and you have a guy who was a color commentator there for well over 320 episodes, or whatever it was. I think that, I don’t know, maybe put a poll up. I don’t want to put it up on my Twitter because it would be weird; but, I’d love for someone to put a poll up. Who was the voice: the team voice of SmackDown? Was it Michael Cole & JBL or was it Michael Cole and Taz?”
H/T WrestleZone for the transcriptions