Wrestling By The Numbers: Charlie Haas
Ring Of Honor Wrestling has released veteran performer and former 2-Time ROH Tag-Team Champion Charlie Haas II. The 41-year-old Houston Texas native had spent the past 3-years competing in the organization mostly as a tag-team with Shelton Benjamin. ROH announced they were releasing Haas due to an incident that occurred at a home video taping in Asheville North Carolina during the end of last month. Both Charlie Haas and performer Mitchell ‘Grizzly Redwood’ Franklin were involved in a backstage altercation at the event which has resulted in both losing their jobs. Charlie Haas debuted in ROH in September of 2010 and alongside Shelton Benjamin had competed in memorable matches and feuds for the organization against the likes of The Kings Of Wrestling, The All-Night Xpress and The Briscoe Brothers to name a few. The World’s Greatest Tag-Team had just broken up in February and Haas had been feuding with B.J. Whitmer. He competed in his last match for the company at the ROH War home video release event in a losing effort against Jeff Lewis Neal. After the match he announced he was retiring from professional wrestling.
Charlie Haas is a 17-year professional wrestling veteran who first debuted in the business back in 1996 after having been trained by Iron Mike Sharpe, Jim Kettner, John Smith and Jim Rogers. He worked alongside his real life brother Russ Haas as a tag-team and had success in both Jersey All-Pro Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling before the duo was signed to a developmental contract by the World Wrestling Federation early in the year 2000. The Haas Brothers competed in WWF territories including Memphis Championship Wrestling and the Heartland Wrestling Association before Russ Haas passed away on December 15th 2001 from a heart attack due to a pre-existing health condition. The WWE later moved Charlie Haas to Ohio Valley Wrestling before calling him up to the main roster in December of 2002.
Charlie Haas debuted on the WWE’s Smackdown roster in late 2002 as one half of the tag-team known as Team Angle with partner Shelton Benjamin. They later became known as The World’s Greatest Tag-Team and was one of the top duo’s in the company becoming former 2-Time WWE Tag-Team Champions before splitting up in the spring of 2004. Haas was then paired with Rico and was managed by his real life wife former Tough Enough winner Jackie Gayda. Charlie Haas was released by the WWE after 5-years with the organization in July of 2005.
Charlie Haas then returned to the independent circuit again competing for Jersey All-Pro Wrestling and spending time in the East Coast Wrestling Association before resigning with the WWE in April of 2006. He would spend the next 4-years in the WWE starting out feuding with Viscera before reuniting with Shelton Benjamin as The World’s Greatest Tag-Team. Near the end of his second WWE run Haas also worked as a babyface performer imitating popular wrestlers from the past and present. The WWE released him for a second time in February of 2010. Before signing with Ring Of Honor Wrestling later in the year Haas again worked for Jersey All-Pro Wrestling and also competed for New Japan Pro Wrestling during their first tour of North America.
Below we look at the professional wrestling career of Charlie Haas II by the numbers…
Ring Of Honor Wrestling:
* 18 Matches ( 11th Most All-Time ) on ROH Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 2010 Glory By Honor With Shelton Benjamin Vs Chris Hero & Claudio Castagnoli Last Match: 2013 11th Anniversary Show Vs B.J. Whitmer)
* 2 Main Event Matches on ROH Pay-Per-View.
* 22 Matches ( 22nd Most All-Time ) on ROH On Sinclair Broadcasting / HDNet. (First Match: January 3rd 2011 With Shelton Benjamin Vs Harlem Bravado & Lancelot Bravado Last Match: March 23rd 2013 Vs Grizzly Redwood)
* 13 Main Event Matches on ROH On Sinclair Broadcasting / HDNet.
* 27 Matches on ROH Home Video Releases.
* 4 Main Event Matcheson ROH Home Video Releases.
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 18 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 3 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 2 Matches Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 48 Matches on WWE Raw.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Raw.
* 79 Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 15 Main Event Matches on WWE Smackdown.
* 1 Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 5 Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 42 Matches ( 19th Most All-Time ) on WWE Heat. (First Match: February 20th 2005 With Hardcore Holly Vs Rene Dupree & Kenzo Suzuki Last Match: May 18th 2008 With Robbie McAllister Vs Brian Kendrick & Paul London)
* 14 Main Event Matches on WWE Heat.
* 1 Match on WWE ECW On Syfy.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE ECW On Syfy.
* 37 Matches on WWE Velocity.
* 15 Main Event Matches on WWE Velocity.
* 11 Matches on WWE Jakked.