Former WWE, ECW, and TNA star Taz recently spoke with SI.com to promote The Taz Show on CBS Radio. Here are the highlights.
On the WWE Brand Extension:
“It’s a layup to me. They’re doing a brand split, which I humbly say that I predicted three or four months ago on my show. I know how they book, and I know what works. They’re actually a little late on the brand split, frankly, but the brand split works.”
“I think they’ll do NXT from 8pm-9pm on the USA Network, which is a perfect lead-in to Raw. Raw at three hours is too long–it’s tough for creative, tough for the announcers and a three-hour wrestling show is a lot for wrestling fans to watch. The NXT idea brings more awareness to another brand, and you still keep those five hours of weekly content. Then they can be part of the draft, too.”
On The Taz Show possibly being shown on the WWE Network:
“People tell me every week that ‘The Taz Show’ would be great on the WWE Network. They had interest in it, and we did have talks with them. The talks didn’t go far, but you have to understand that my bosses [at CBS Radio] are not going to allow my content to be tweaked or tainted with, and the show is not the show with me having a filter. The show is the show because it’s unfiltered. I’m speaking from the heart and giving my true opinion. That doesn’t mean I’m right–I’m just giving my opinion built on three decades of experience in every facet of the wrestling business. My opinion is formed off experience, and I don’t think WWE wants that, at least not to that degree.
“I criticize their booking a lot, but I also praise their booking a lot. I sometimes promote their brand better than their announcers do. The WWE Network is an online, video-streaming network, and that is exactly what I am on with CBS. I don’t need to be on WWE’s network. It would be awesome to bring ‘The Taz Show’ there, but I don’t fall in line. I’ve never fell in line, and Vince knows that. I wouldn’t bash their content if I was on their network, but I would critique it. I don’t think they want that, but that’s exactly what their network needs. Someone on their show sometimes takes a shot at the internet hardcore fan, but that’s who is paying for the WWE Network–the internet wrestling fan. So why not give them a real, unfiltered show? So it’s one of those things where we talked a couple of times, but it never really took off. Maybe it eventually will.”
Taz also talked about Roman Reigns’ WWE Title reign, Shinsuke Nakamura in NXT and more. You can read the entire interview here.