As you may have deduced, we are not in the practice of ranking wrestlers from TNA. It is not that we don’t respect them, but realistically as long as they are competing for the only viable National wrestling alternative, they will never be inducted while they are actively performing there. We are not sure if we are making an exception with Tazz, who due to injury will never perform again, but is the current color commentator with Impact Wrestling.
Beginning as the primitive Tazmaniac, Taz shed the caveman inspired gear and acted like the legitimate tough guy he was. He was not a tall man, but with a devastating arsenal of suplexes and submissions, the mean looking wrestler looked like he could kick anyone’s ass. The ECW arena constantly rang with chants of “Taz is going to kill you” when he faced opponents who seemed to be out of their league.
Without a doubt, Taz is historically one of the most important figures in ECW and although injuries prevented him from living up to a better WWE career, he did develop into a decent broadcaster under their watch. At some point, one of the long term ECW mainstays will get into the Hall of Fame. Taz would not be a bad choice.
The Bullet Points:
Pete Senerca (Real Name)
The Red Hook Section of Brooklyn, New York
Key Championships Held:
IWCCW Light Heavyweight
ECW World Tag Team (2) 1w/Kevin Sullivan, 1w/Sabu
ECW World Heavyweight (2)
WWE Hardcore (3)
WWE World Tag Team w/Spike Dudley
Why He Will Get In:
He did not leave the WWE on bad terms and the ECW connection does not hurt.
Why He Won’t Get In:
He did not have any real impactful moments in the WWE
Five Greatest Matches/Moments: (In Chronological Order)
1. Cleanly defeats Sabu at the first ECW Pay Per View (4/13/97)
2. Beats Shane Douglas for the ECW Television Belt (6/7/97)
3. Declares himself the “FTW” Champion, and becomes a bigger
renegade in a renegade promotion (5/14/98)
4. Won the ECW World Heavyweight Championship defeating Shane
5. Defeats Kurt Angle in his WWE debut (1/23/00)