Friday, February 22, 2013

Why is Taz in Aces and Eights?

by Brian Phelps

On the January 17th edition of Impact Wrestling during Bully Ray and Brooke Hogan's wedding, Taz interrupted the ceremony to reveal that he had joined the Aces and Eights. Then Aces and Eights attacked Bully Ray, Hulk Hogan, Brother Runt (aka Spike Dudley), and Tommy Dreamer.

Maybe it's just me, but I'm still trying to figure out what was the point of having Taz join Aces and Eights? Taz is just a commentator. Taz joining makes absolutely no sense at all because he can't wrestle and he wasn't involved in any story arcs in recent memory. So, what's the payoff to having Taz join this biker gang? The answer is, there is absolutely no payoff, point, or purpose to having Taz join Aces and Eights.

If the point of Taz joining was to come up with a way to ruin Bully Ray and Brooke's wedding then couldn't they have just had the regular Aces and Eights members ruin it? I mean, Aces and Eights have had beef with Hulk Hogan and Bully Ray for awhile now. They didn't need Taz to do it. It was just really pointless.

So what is Taz doing now as a "villainous" member of Aces and Eights? NOTHING. He is back to commentating, but now he comes off awkward in the booth as he tries to balance commentating with being a heel faction member. Taz often ends up contradicting himself as he calls the matches because he'll be calling the action normally and then suddenly remember he's in Aces and Eights and out of nowhere start talking like a heel for about 5 minutes before going back to normal commentating. It disrupts the flow of the other commentators at times and makes Taz just seem awkward and out of place instead of a credible heel. The only guy I've seen pull off being a credible heel faction commentator was Bobby Heenan back in the WWF.

Why TNA thinks its a great idea to put Taz the commentator in heel factions is beyond me. They pulled this back in 2009 when they had Taz join the Main Event Mafia, and now they're going back to the well again by putting Taz in Aces and Eights. Taz as a commentator is less than useless as a member of a faction. The only non-commentating story arc that worked for Taz in TNA is when he was managing Samoa Joe... but as soon as they joined the Main Event Mafia it was lame.

Please, just return Taz to being a normal commentator again. Let Taz be normal Taz again. He's just goofy and out of place as an Aces and Eights member. 

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