Former WWE superstar and color commentator Taz will be appearing on AEW Dynamite next week, according to an announcement made by All Elite Wrestling on Twitter. The first show of the decade, which takes place from AEW’s headquarters of Jacksonville, Florida, is packed to the core with several high-profile matches, and the addition of the highly entertaining Taz will add to the intrigue.
Taz, who had a highly successful in-ring career in ECW and WWE, followed by a long stay as the color commentator on WWE programming, recently made an appearance on AEW Dark and Starrcast.
According to Dave Meltzer, Taz will be doing commentary on AEW Dynamite, in what seems to be a one-off appearance due to prior commitments for Tony Schiavone, who will be working a radio show on the same night.
Taz’s appearance on AEW Dark fuelled rumors of him joining the commentary team full-time, but it seems like AEW head-honchos don’t want to disrupt the current team of Schiavone, Excalibur and Taz’s fellow former WWE commentator, Jim Ross.
AEW also announced that the current win-loss records will be reset starting from the new calendar year, and it will be the trend going forward with each new year. AEW will still keep a track of the cumulative records, but the scales will start from zero starting January 1st.
AEW places a lot of emphasis on the win-loss records, as they use it to determine the rankings in each division, and based on the rankings, individuals are granted title opportunities against the champions of their respective divisions.
Wiping away the W/L records will also help AEW to start building stars and help wrestlers like Kenny Omega and Joey Janela, who’ve lost quite a few matches in the last few months.