07/08/2022

One of AEW’s Oldest Factions Splits on AEW Dynamite

One of All Elite Wrestling‘s longest-running factions is not any extra. Following Hook’s FTW Championship victory over Ricky Starks and Powerhouse Hobbs’ subsequent assault on Starks final week, Taz introduced on commentary that Team Taz is “done.” Moments after Taz’s announcement, Powerhouse Hobbs squashed an area competitor in singles competitors. Starks would hit the ring to assault Hobbs, however would fall sufferer to a spinebuster.

“I also didn’t know that Hook was going to accept the open challenge, be victorious and become new FTW Champion,” Taz stated. “But I’ll tell you what I do know. I’m not in a loop with Team Taz business. I’m Taz, so I’m here to tell you, I let all three of those men know, as of this moment, Team Taz is done. Dead. Finite. Over. I wish nothing but the best to Hobbs, Starks, and Hook. They’re going to do great here, but I’m done with this.”

Team Taz is formally lifeless AEWDynamite pic.twitter.com/77rGak8He0

— AEW on TV (@AEWonTV) August 4, 2022

To emphasize issues, Taz declared that the faction was over on social media.

TEAM TAZ – GONE.

— ftw (@OfficialTAZ) August 4, 2022

Team Taz first started to take form at AEW Double or Nothing in 2020, when “The Machine” Brian Cage debuted because the Joker entrant of the Casino Ladder Match. Cage can be accompanied by Taz, and would finally be rewarded by the ECW Original with the FTW Championship. Later that summer time, Starks would be a part of the Team Taz ranks, formally making them a faction. Powerhouse Hobbs and Hook joined in Winter 2020.

The foursome would work collectively for months earlier than kicking Cage out of the group, screwing him out of the FTW Title. Starks would beat Cage at AEW Fyter Fest for the unsanctioned belt, and held onto it for over a yr earlier than Hook captured it final week.

While Hook, Taz’s real-life son, was by no means too removed from the black-and-orange faction, the cold-hearted good-looking satan started doing his personal factor as soon as he formally turned a singles wrestler. Hook would dominate on AEW Rampage, besting everybody from native rivals to QT Marshall. Eventually, Hook would kind a tag crew with Danhausen.

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Looking on the present panorama, Hook and Starks function as singles babyfaces whereas Hobbs and Cage are singles heels. Cage remains to be contracted to AEW, however primarily wrestles for Ring of Honor. There, he’s aligned with The Embassy, a rebranded model of the short-lived Tully Blanchard Enterprises.

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