February 28, 2010
Former tag team champ latest WWE release
By JON WALDMAN -- SLAM! Wrestling
Even with all eyes being on the Olympics Sunday, WWE decided to make a little noise themselves, cutting former WWE Tag Team champion Charlie Haas.
Haas' release was announced today on WWE.com. In a statement, the company declared, "WWE has come to terms on the release of WWE Superstar Charlie Haas as of today, February 28, 2010. We wish Charlie Haas the best in all future endeavors."
Haas's WWE career began in the developmental system alongside brother Russ. Russ, unfortunately, passed away at the age of 27 in 2001. A year later, Charlie debuted in WWE as a member of Team Angle, alongside Shelton Benjamin, under the tutelage of Kurt Angle. Eventually Haas and Benjamin broke away from Angle and enjoyed success as The World's Greatest Tag Team.
When the duo was split up via the WWE Draft, Haas floundered on his own. Though he'd at one point team with Rico Constantino and his future wife Jackie Gayda, Haas couldn't recreate the magic he had with Benjamin and was released in 2005.
During his time away from WWE, Haas competed on the independent circuit, primarily for Jersey All Pro Wrestling, but the Fed would come calling again for Haas and he would return in 2006. During his latest stint, Haas had a brief feud with former partner Benjamin and have a push imitating other wrestlers, but would not gain any significant time at the top nor any singles titles.
Haas's departure from WWE comes just days after the Fed released wrestlers Maria Kanellis, Gregory "Hurricane" Helms and Paul Burchill, and referee Scott Armstrong.