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Charlie Haas Discusses His Relationship With Kurt Angle
Posted By: Dustin on Apr 24, 2021
On the WrestlingInc Daily Podcast, Charlie Haas discussed his relationship with Kurt Angle. He was a big part of a tag team with Angle which was called Team Angle alongside Shelton Benjamin, and was asked why the unit didn’t get a longer run.
"At the time, you had RAW and SmackDown, so we were the number one group on SmackDown,” Haas said. “Who is the one group one RAW? Evolution. It started at the same time. When we do the joint pay-per-views, all of a sudden, we started gaining ground or there’s a distance between the two groups. It got shut down early. It is what it is.
It’s not like it was growing up watching Georgia Championship Wrestling or World Class where they had factions that meant something, and every title meant something and you believed it. Tag teaming was my specialty. They would go in there, and they would break it down. ‘We’re going to change it. There’s not gonna be a double feed. I don’t need you guys working half the ring.’ I’m like, ‘You’re taking away everything man. Why even have it?’ And they looked at it as a tag team is just an extra expense for another guy on the road. That’s what it is, so it’s a budget cut"
He had been asked if he ever reached out to Kurt Angle recently
“I talk to Kurt a lot on text. I love him to death,” Haas stated. “I’m like, ‘They’re wrestling up in Tulsa. He’s going to be up in PA wrestling or up in Iowa.’ He’s like, ‘You’re gonna burn them out Charlie. You’re making them wrestle too much. You want them to be like my nephew? My nephew was better than me, but you never heard of him because he got burnt out.’ I was like, ‘Alright Kurt.’ So every time I bring it up, he’s like, ‘He should be playing baseball or football.’ I’m like, ‘Well he does play those sports. He’s just really good at this.’ Shelton’s four hours away from me. I talk to him all the time. He’s my best friend, and he’ll come and help coach sometimes."
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