Aug 30, 2009 - by Steve Gerweck
Real name: Charles D. Haas
Weight: 235 lbs.
Date of birth: March 27, 1972
From: Edmond, OK
Pro debut: 1996
Trained by: “Iron” Mike Sharpe
Finishing move: Haas of Pain
Audio: Haas interviewed on the Gerweck Report Hotline
- On July 22, 1998, the Haas (Charlie and Russ) brothers defeated Zeig and Flash Wheeler to capture the JAPW (Jersey All Pro Wrestling) Tag Team title.
- The Haas brothers defeated The Big Unit on May 21, 1999 to re-capture the JAPW Tag Team title.
- In 2000, the Haas brothers captured the ECWA (East Coast Wrestling Association) Tag Team title.
- On February 12, 2000, the Haas brothers defeated the Kasmireno Brothers, the Thrill Kill Kult and the Hit Squad in a “four way” match to capture the CZW (Combat Zone Wrestling) World Tag Team title in Blackwood, NJ.
- In August 2000, the Haas brothers were offered a WWF try out, and eventually signed to developmental deals.
- The WWF assigned the Haas brothers to Memphis Championship Wrestling (MCW), and later transferred them to Heartland Championship Wrestling in Cincinnati.
- The Haas brothers defeated the Dupps on February 21, 2001 in Jonesboro, AR to capture the MCW Tag Team title.
- On February 24, 2001, the Haas brothers successfully defended the ECWA Tag Team belts against Simon Diamond and Ty Street at the Annual Super 8 Tournament.
- On May 25, 2001, the Haas brothers regained the MCW Tag Team title, this time beating the Island Boys (3 Minute Warning) for the gold.
- The Haas brothers claimed their third MCW Tag Team title on June 1, 2001 in Marmaduke, AR by winning a three way match over the Island Boys and Joey Matthews and Christian York.
- At the fourth Annual Brian Pillman Memorial show in Cincinnati, the Haas brothers defeated Steve Bradley and Constantino.
- On August 30, 2001, the Haas brothers teamed with the Big Show to win a six man tag match over Chris Kanyon, Mark Jindrak and Mike Sanders.
- On December 14, 2001, Thomas Russell “Russ” Haas died in his sleep. The cause of death was heart failure.
- Following the passing of his brother, Charlie was moved to Ohio Valley Wrestling in Louisville. He changed his ring name to R.C. Haas in honor of his departed brother.
- Haas defeated EZ Money on January 8, 2002 in Dayton, OH to capture the HWA Heavyweight title.
- On February 2, 2002, Haas defeated Simon Diamond and Devon Storm at JAPW’s Russ Haas Benefit show.
- On August 31, 2002, Haas and Nova downed Doug Basham and Damaja to win the Russ Haas Memorial Tag Team tournament.
- On the December 26, 2002 edition of “Smackdown,” Haas arrived with Benjamin in the formation of Team Angle.
- Haas upset Edge on the January 9, 2003 episode of “Smackdown.”
- Team Angle defeated Edge and Chris Benoit on the January 30, 2003 edition of “Smackdown” to earn a WWE Tag Team title shot.
- At the February 4, 2003 “Smackdown” taping in Philadelphia, PA, Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros to capture the WWE World Tag Team title.
- At Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle, WA, Team Angle successfully defended the WWE World Tag Team title against Los Guerreros and Chris Benoit and Rhyno in a three way match.
- Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros to retain the WWE World Tag Team title at the 2003 Backlash PPV.
- On the June 12, 2003 edition of “Smackdown,” Haas and Benjamin had a falling out with Kurt Angle.
- At the July 1, 2003 “Smackdown” taping in Rochester, NY, Haas and Benjamin defeated Eddy Guerrero and Tajiri to regain the WWE World Tag Team title.
- On July 17, 2003, Haas and Benjamin defeated Rhyno and Chris Benoit in Yokohama, Japan to retain the WWE Tag Team title.
- At Vengeance ’03 in Denver, CO, Haas and Benjamin successfully defended the WWE Tag Team title against Rey Mysterio Jr. and Billy Kidman.
- Haas and Benjamin were voted Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Tag Team of the Year for 2003.
- On January 24, 2004, Haas and Kidman were inducted into the ECWA hall of fame in Wilmington, DE.
- At No Way Out ’04, Haas and Benjamin defeated the APA.
- Benjamin was “drafted” by Eric Bischoff to join the “Raw” roster on the March 22, 2004 edition of “Raw,” splitting up the World’s Greatest Tag Team.
- At the April 20, 2004 “Smackdown” taping, Haas and Rico defeated Rikishi and Scotty Too Hotty in Kelowna, BC, Canada, to capture the WWE Tag Team title.
- Haas and Rico defeated Billy Gunn and Hardcore Holly to successfully defend the WWE World Tag Team title at the 2004 Judgment Day PPV.
- At the 2004 No Mercy PPV, Haas, Rico and Miss Jackie defeated the Dudley Boyz and Dawn Marie in a six person tag team match.
- On June 10, 2005, Haas married Jackie Gayda.
- On July 6, 2005, Haas and Gayda were both released by WWE.
- In late 2005, Haas agreed to terms to return to WWE.
- Haas returned to WWE television on the April 17, 2006 edition of “Raw” and defeated his former tag team partner, Shelton Benjamin.
- On April 15, 2009, Haas was drafted to Smackdown during the Supplemental draft.
- WWE released Haas on February 28, 2010.
- On April 1, 2011, Haas and Shelton Benjamin defeated the Kings of Wrestling in Atlanta, GA to capture the ROH tag team titles.
- At ROH’s Best in the World iPPV, Haas and Benjamin defeated Mark & Jay Briscoe, The All Night Express and Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli to retain the tag team titles.
- At ROH’s Death Before Dishonor, Haas defeated Michael Elgin.
- In March 2013, Haas announced his retirement from wrestling.