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When you first saw Tazz enter the WWE, not too many would have thought that he would eventually be seen every week in a suit calling the action on Tuesday nights.
Before his memorable arrival to the WWE, Tazz had a very successful run in ECW where he was a Triple Crown Champion, holding the Tag Team, TV, and World Championships all at one point in his career. He had brutal feuds with Shane Douglas, Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Mike Awesome, and Tommy Dreamer
It was inevitable that WWE would come calling and Tazz would become a force to be reckoned with. Vignettes started airing week after week where the number 13, a sign that resembled a tattoo on Tazz's arm, all on an orange, glowing background. These vignettes usually interrupted various Superstars as they were talking, celebrating, or even wrestling. When Kurt Angle made an open challenge at WWF Royal Rumble 2000, which was held in Tazz's hometown, Tazz revealed himself as the man behind the vignettes and squashed Kurt Angle. Angle was choked out with the Tazmission and Tazz would go down as the first person to defeat Kurt Angle.
After floating around for a bit, Tazz turned heel over the summer and started a feud with commentator, Jerry Lawler. The two would fight once at Summerslam and once at Unforgiven. Lawler was able to win at Summerslam, but Tazz took the victory at Unforgiven, thanmks mostly to his friend and former ECW alumni, Raven, debuting. The duo formed a tag team that lasted briefly for a few months.
When Vince McMahon bought WCW and ECW, Tazz's wrestling role started to become more limited. Once the Invasion began, Tazz dubbed himself the voice of WCW/ECW and was seen mostly behind the commentator's booth being SmackDown's version of RAW's Paul Heyman. Tazz stuck with The Alliance until he left after Steve Austin scolded him for not helping the Alliance by simply commentating.
In late 2001, Tazz's career was starting to wind down. In November of that year, Tazz would win his first and only title reign within the WWE, a World Tag Team Championship run with Spike Dudley that they lost to Billy & Chuck.
During the WWE Draft, Tazz was drafted to WWE SmackDown! where he and Michael Cole became the official commentating team. Tazz announced for SmackDown! for 6 years. When ECW started back up as a brand, Tazz quickly moved there where he and Joey Styles called the action. Now that Styles has left the commentating booth to work on WWE.com, Tazz works with Mike Adalme.
Tazz has made the rare ring return on a few occasions, so you shouldn't rule out seeing the Human Suplex Machine make a cameo appearance to choke some unlucky fellow out. At ECW One Night Stand, Jerry Lawler and Tazz re-kindled their feud with Tazz coming out on top. He didn't need any help this time as he was able to choke Lawler out with his Tazmission in just a matter of seconds.
WWF SmackDown! 2: Know Your Role
Tazz makes his debut to the SmackDown! series and he is placed in the Hardcore Rankings.
WWF SmackDown!: Just Bring It
Michael Cole and Tazz make history to be the first live commentators for the SmackDown! series. On a more silly note, Tazz is also a playable character. If you use Tazz, you will hear him commentating and even addressing himself at times.
WWE SmackDown!: Shut Your Mouth
Though Tazz was retired from ring competition by the time the game was released, Tazz still makes an apperance as an active competitor - this being his last.
WWE SmackDown!: Here Comes the Pain
Commentary was taken out, so Tazz does not appear as a commentator. He is not an active competitor either. Tazz only appears a few times during Season Mode taking Jim Ross' old role in Shut Your Mouth of asking if you want to tour England.
The game is also named after a catchphrase Tazz dubbed everytime Brock Lesnar made his entrance. "Well, here comes the pain!" This would be the first time one of The Rock's catchphrases isn't used and the last time a catchphrase is used for a SmackDown! game.
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW
Tazz makes his return to commentary when both RAW and SmackDown! broadcast teams are added to the game.
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006
Tazz and Michael Cole are once again featured in the game as the commentators for the SmackDown! brand.
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2007
Tazz makes his return to ring competition - now as a legend. With Jerry Lawler also being an available legend in the game, rekindling their feud is a possibility.
WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2008
Tazz was one of the few Wrestlers that didn't wear knee pads during his career.
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