10. Tazz Offered To Commentate, In Spite Of His Contract Expiring
For the first time since WrestleMania X8 seven years earlier, there was only one announce team for the duration of the main show. Though there still three bands with their own distinct broadcast duos, the trio of Jim Ross, Michael Cole, and Jerry Lawler handled the job for the four-hour telecast.
Absent from the group was Tazz. On Tuesday, March 31, 2009, Tazz's WWE contract expired, and he chose to leave the company, wanting to pursue other interests. He had given his notice several weeks prior, and even offered to work WrestleMania in Houston for free, so as to not leave SmackDown partner Ross high and dry.
WWE instead went with the three-man booth, and Tazz was officially done with the company, resurfacing in TNA later on that year.
Justin has been a wrestling fan since 1989, and has been writing about it since 2009. Since 2014, Justin has been a features writer and interviewer for Fighting Spirit Magazine. Justin also writes for History of Wrestling, and is a contributing author to James Dixon's Titan series.