Charlie Haas Talks Long-Lasting Friendship With Kurt Angle, Reflects On Team Angle's Run In WWE


Charlie Haas recently appeared as a guest on the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast for an in-depth interview covering all things pro wrestling.

During his appearance on the popular pro wrestling program, the former WWE Superstar and member of Kurt Angle's "Team Angle" squad alongside Shelton Benjamin, spoke with Nick Hausman about his long-lasting friendship with the leader of the faction and why he feels they weren't given a longer run in WWE.

Featured below are some of the highlights from the interview, as well as a complete video archive of the discussion where he talks about these particular topics.

On why he thinks Team Angle wasn't given a longer run in WWE: "At the time, you had RAW and SmackDown, so we were the number one group on SmackDown. 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."

On his long-lasting friendship with Kurt Angle: "I talk to Kurt a lot on text. I love him to death. 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."

Watch the complete Charlie Haas interview from the Wrestling Inc. Daily podcast via the video embedded below courtesy of the official YouTube channel of the show, or by visiting WrestlingInc.com.

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