Considering WWE is always hungry for content for its over-the-top Network, and there's only so much quality pro wrestling content to go around, it's no surprise to learn the company was, at least at one point, interested in "The Taz Show." That's according to the man himself, who told Sports Illustrated about it while also explaining why it never came to fruition.
From the article:
“People tell me every week that ‘The Taz Show’ would be great on the WWE Network. They had interest in it and we did have talks with them. The talks didn’t go far, but you have to understand that my bosses [at CBS Radio] are not going to allow my content to be tweaked or tainted with, and the show is not the show with me having a filter. The show is the show because it’s unfiltered. I’m speaking from the heart and giving my true opinion. That doesn’t mean I’m right–I’m just giving my opinion built on three decades of experience in every facet of the wrestling business. My opinion is formed off experience, and I don’t think WWE wants that, at least not to that degree. I criticize their booking a lot, but I also praise their booking a lot. I sometimes promote their brand better than their announcers do. The WWE Network is an online, video-streaming network, and that is exactly what I am on with CBS. I don’t need to be on WWE’s network. It would be awesome to bring ‘The Taz Show’ there, but I don’t fall in line. I’ve never fell in line, and Vince [McMahon] knows that. I wouldn’t bash their content if I was on their network, but I would critique it. I don’t think they want that, but that’s exactly what their network needs. Someone on their show sometimes takes a shot at the internet hardcore fan, but that’s who is paying for the WWE Network–the internet wrestling fan. So why not give them a real unfiltered show? So it’s one of those things where we talked a couple of times, but it never really took off. Maybe it eventually will.”
Steve Austin has gotten away with criticizing WWE on the Stone Cold Podcast but that's a show based on interviews as opposed to a talk show that could be consistently critical of the company's creative direction. That has value, certainly, but enough to justify putting it on the Network?
So far, the answer seems to be no.
Would you watch?