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Peter Senerchia (born on October 11, 1967 in Brooklyn, New York), is an American former professional wrestler best known by his ring name Tazz (originally spelled Taz).
Tazz is currently employed by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), and is the color commentator for their ECW brand alongside play-by-play announcer Joey Styles.
Peter Senerchia enjoyed considerable success from 1993 to 1999 in Extreme Championship Wrestling (ECW), wrestling as The Tazmaniac and later simply Taz. Over several years, his undefeated streak and combination of technical mat maneuvers, submission holds gleaned from his judo background and a wide array of suplexes (which led him to be dubbed "The Human Suplex Machine") earned him a degree of infamy.
At a Fort Lauderdale, Florida ECW show in 1995 during a tag team match pitting him and Eddie Guerrero against 2 Cold Scorpio and Dean Malenko, Senerchia, wrestling as The Tazmaniac, was the victim of a botched spike piledriver. As Senerchia explains it, he did not have time to adequately protect himself and thus landed on his forehead - "The impact jacked my neck back and that was it." Senerchia remained on the ring apron for the rest of the match, but was visibly injured and could not continue. After the match, Tommy Dreamer accompanied Taz to the hospital, where the doctors had difficulty believing Senerchia had walked into the hospital because, he had, in fact, broken his neck. Senerchia was sidelined for over nine months, and when he returned, the Tazmaniac gimmick was no more. Senerchia, now known simply as Taz (A play on then popular Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Kimo) and exhibiting a physically more intense in-ring style, became one of ECW's most popular stars, capturing the ECW World Heavyweight Championship twice.
His feud with Sabu, whom he defeated at the first televised ECW pay-per-view, Barely Legal 1997, is considered by some to be among the best of the 1990s. It is also notable that, after a botched Tazplex through a table, he joined Chris Benoit as a wrestler who legitimately broke Sabu's neck. He went on to defeat wrestlers such as Dean Malenko, Chris Candido, Chris Jericho, Shane Douglas, Bam Bam Bigelow, Sabu, Rob Van Dam, Lance Storm, Jerry Lynn and Mikey Whipwreck.
Taz defeated Shane Douglas in three minutes to claim the ECW World Television Championship at Wrestlepalooza 1997, and later introduced his own title belt, the ECW FTW Heavyweight Championship, which he would defend against any challenger. On January 10, 1999, Senerchia defeated Shane Douglas to win the ECW World Heavyweight Championship, which he held for nine months, before losing to Mike Awesome in a three way dance which also included Masato Tanaka. Shortly after his reign ended, Senerchia left ECW and joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF). At the Anarchy Rulz 1999 pay-per-view, in a show of respect and in full view of the fans, ECW owner Paul Heyman and most of the promotion's performers gave the departing Peter Senerchia an emotional sendoff.