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Taz On If He Continues To Keep In Touch With Paul Heyman
Posted By: Dustin Frisch on Apr 19, 2020
On AEW Unrestricted Tony Schiavone asked Taz about his relationship with Paul Heyman. Taz praised Heyman and talked about why he left ECW for WWE.
"My relationship with Paul, to this day, is still very good. We'll text. We'll keep up with each other. I'm always really thankful for what he did for me. As you know, there was stuff with guys owed money and checks bounce and all that. I got to be honest with you, he's never owed me a dime. He still doesn't. I've never had a check bounce. That's the gospel truth. He's always treated me great. We've had our ups and downs, and when I gave notice that I was leaving to go to WWE, that was rough. He thought we had an agreement for me to stay. We shook hands on an agreement. I never had a contract. All my years, I never had paper. I was always a man of my word there.
My wife had just given birth to our son. He was an infant, and the deal that Paul and I worked out verbally was like an amazing deal. Then I'm like two weeks or a week after we make this agreement, I'm starting to hear about the TV deal. It's not what we think it is. All that s--t is kayfabe. Then I'm realizing, he's not gonna be able to pay me. I know he's not. In his heart, he knows he's gonna be able to pay me, but I'm starting a young family, and we just bought a home."
Taz has gone by many monikers and has many catchphrases. Taz has said that his "Human Suplex Machine" moniker was something not liked by many wrestlers. Taz went through his look and monikers and the origins of them. He also talked more about Heyman and how everyone on ECW had a special connection with him.
"Like the 'orange and black attack,' that was another moniker I had. I always wore orange and black. People think I love the color orange. I don't give a s--t about the color orange, but the thing was, at that time, Bret Hart was wearing pink and black, and I saw that it got over. Everybody was either wearing red and black or blue and black. I want to be different, so I went with orange and black," Taz revealed. "I wore a towel on my head, and my inspiration for a towel on my head was Mike Tyson.
'Human Suplex Maxhine', it just worked. Obviously, I have an array of throws and suplexes I've worked on for a very long time. Paul Heyman had a version, and we came up with 'Human Suplex Machine.' 'Beat me if you can, survive if I let you' was more Paul Heyman and I, mostly Paul came up with that catchphrase, and I loved it. A lot of the s--t he came up with, I loved. Each guy from ECW then could tell you, you felt like you had a bond with him. There's a lot of things about Paul that people hate, but I'm telling you, as someone that worked closely with him, his passion, his heart [and] the type of person he is, he's a good man. He is a good man, and each guy will tell you, they had a special bond with Paul because he turned into you when he talked to you. Strange f--king dude, but that's what made him so talented. He had a connectivity with each character that he was pushing."
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