All Elite Wrestling’s return to Arthur Ashe Stadium in Queens this Wednesday comes amid some of the difficult stretches within the younger firm’s life.
However AEW announcer and Massapequa resident Taz gained’t let that destroy his pleasure for the second annual “Grand Slam” occasion.
“It’s uncommon in wrestling that you just do a stadium present. Stadium exhibits aren’t any joke,” Taz mentioned of the occasion, which might be headlined by Bryan Danielson taking over Jon Moxley for the vacant AEW world championship. “You set these two cats within the ring for the AEW world title—signal me up. I’m blessed that, as a commentator, I’m capable of name it.”
The title emptiness follows a weird sequence of occasions at AEW’s final main occasion, All Out, in Chicago on September 4. CM Punk gained the title from Moxley that evening, however later ended up in a really actual backstage brawl with fellow AEW wrestlers and govt vice presidents Kenny Omega, Nick Jackson and Matt Jackson. All 4 males had been suspended, pending an inner investigation.
Regardless of the unfavourable consideration the incident attracted, Taz mentioned the AEW locker room’s spirits stay excessive.
“Something that occurred two weeks in the past, final week, or final evening, that’s within the rearview mirror. And we’re onward and upward. That’s the way it’s been, it doesn’t matter what,” mentioned Taz, who has labored within the professional wrestling for greater than 30 years, as each an announcer and wrestler. “The professional wrestling enterprise is a practice, and the practice goes to maintain on rolling.”
The “Human Suplex Machine,” as he was recognized throughout his days in Excessive Championship Wrestling, can also be particularly enthusiastic about one other match on the cardboard — Angelo Parker and Matt Menard, collectively often called 2point0, vs. Queens-based hip hop artist Motion Bronson and AEW rookie sensation Hook, who additionally occurs to be Taz’s 23-year-old son.
“As a dad, I’m extraordinarily happy with him . . . I glow as he competes, regardless of if it’s, perhaps at a smaller venue within the Midwest, or a large stadium like Arthur Ashe in Queens. And I imply that from the underside of my coronary heart,” Taz mentioned of his son, whose actual identify is Tyler Senerchia. “Simply to see him do what he actually enjoys doing, and that he’s solely on this factor for a year-and-a-half, two years, no matter it’s, and the connection he has with the viewers. It’s very uncommon. It’s wonderful to see and expertise.”
Though Taz made a reputation for himself largely by way of his work on the microphone, Hook has risen to AEW stardom regardless of hardly ever saying a phrase. Taz mentioned he was “not shocked” that his son made it work.
“Anyone who is aware of him — who aren’t lots of people as a result of he’s very personal and he has a mystique on him — is aware of that the Hook character is just not a lot totally different than who he actually is. He’s very cerebral. He’s extraordinarily clever, and he solely talks when he must,” Taz mentioned. “Clearly, he’s utterly totally different than me.”