Source: Brian Fritz of AOL’s FanHouse
In addition to being a color commentator on both iMPACT! and Xplosion, Taz is also an accomplished wrestling trainer. He operated the Tough Enough program for a number of years as well as his own training school in New York City. A few days ago, Taz sat down with Brian Fritz of AOL’s FanHouse and explained what young wrestlers might be able to get out of his new “finishing school.”
On what a wrestler can “get” out of the finishing school:
This is a very exclusive situation for a wrestler. This is not for a beginner. This is for a person — a guy or a girl — who is already wrestling and feels they have the skill set to get to that next level. I feel that I can give you that education.
On how his announcing duties will inform his instruction:
It’s not just the education you’re going to get from my experience as a wrestler but as an announcer, as a person who sat in tons of meetings with the powers that be in this industry. It’s frustrating to me because there are some talented people out there and I’m witnessing it first-hand and they’re just missing a couple of nuances, some little things, and I will sit in a production studio with them and I will produce them.
On Taz as a trainer today vs. Taz as a trainer back in ECW:
I’m a lot older, I’m a lot savvier and I have a lot more life experience. I’m a lot more humble. I’m just a lot more calmer and I’m more intelligent than I was back then, and my career now is to get people over with my voice and with my insight and my intellect in the business as an announcer with TNA.
On comparisons to Tough Enough:
This is the complete opposite of what they are doing with ‘Tough Enough.’ This is an exclusive thing where I’m taking only eight people that I am working with alone. It’s not someone starting from scratch. This is not a reality TV show. This is someone who is extremely serious about getting better.