When Tazz first arrived in the WWE at the 2000 Royal Rumble, wrestling fans were ecstatic. Tazz was one of the toughest men to come out of ECW. He had dominated the entire ECW roster before making the jump to WWE. In his debut match, Tazz stepped in the ring with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle and was the first man to not just defeat him, but choke him out. Sadly enough, that is about where it all goes downhill for the “Human Suplex Machine.”
After his debut, the WWE didn’t have a clue what to do with Tazz. For some reason due to his size or his popularity coming from a different company, Tazz never broke out in the WWE. He fought around the mid-card scene before transitioning to a commentary role. As a commentator, Tazz shined alongside Michael Cole on SmackDown for years.
For a time they were the most popular commentary team beating out Raw’s Jim Ross and Jerry “The King” Lawler. Tazz would step into the ring a few more times as a commentary, mostly to face The King. He remained a commentator in the company until leaving in 2009. Since then, Tazz has made a name in companies like Impact Wrestling and currently in AEW.
When I look back on the career of Chyna in WWE, I see somebody who was too good to be booked correctly. Chyna first arrived as the large bodyguard of Triple H and Shawn Michaels. She was as powerful and tough as her male counterparts and wasn’t afraid of getting physical with them as well. Chyna broke down every gender barrier that WWE had set in front of her.
She became the first-ever female Intercontinental Champion and the first to ever enter the men’s Royal Rumble match. She didn’t have to be rewarded with her opportunities, Chyna stood up and earned everything she did. Once Chyna did get involved in the WWE Women’s Championship picture, she dominated and made easy work of then-champion Ivory at WrestleMania 17. As the champion, Chyna was never defeated and later was forced to give up the championship.
After years of proving that she was just as dominant as the men, it was nearly impossible to find a woman to stand up to the “Ninth Wonder of the World” in an era after Bull Nakano and before Beth Phoenix. It was no doubting how good Chyna actually was and that was sadly her issue as well. For a woman once offered the WWE Championship, Chyna couldn’t be tied down by booking.