WWE Hall Of Fame legend Jim Ross recently reflected on signing Taz to a WWE contract, effectively ending his impressive main event run in Paul Heyman's Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW) promotion.
The AEW Dynamite commentator spoke about signing Taz and shared his thoughts on Paul Heyman's abilities as a promoter during a recent installment of his "Grilling JR" podcast.
Featured below are some of the highlights from the episode, where "Good Ole' J.R." talks about bringing Taz to WWE from ECW.
On first signing Taz from ECW to bring him to WWE: "When I first hired Tazz…….he wanted to leave ECW like all those guys. Those guys were the easiest guys to sign because the ECW guys knew if we got them a fair number and they got over, they were gonna make a lot more money, and they did. The fact that they didn’t have the drama of getting paid – think about that. So, I brought Tazz in. I thought he was an attraction kind of guy. I thought he would do us a good job if he was booked in the same basic mold that he was booked in ECW."
On Paul Heyman's ability to camoflouge negative and accentuate positive traits wrestlers have: "The one thing about Paul Heyman, who is brilliant, is that he had the great ability to accentuate a talent’s positives and disguise their negatives. Paul made Tazz so strong that you forgot that he was 5-8. He was not what the business was getting a regular diet of. He was thick, he was athletic, and he was a strong guy, but he was short. I battled that whole thing many times with other talents – Jericho, Benoit, Malenko, Eddie. I saw how the audience believed in Tazz. If you put Tazz in the offense and the system was conducive to his skills, he’ll help you win games. That’s what I thought about Taz, but I was definitely in the minority."
Check out the complete episode of the Grilling JR podcast featuring Jim Ross at Megaphone.link.
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