This weekend the wrestling world received news that former WWE Tag Team Champion Charlie Haas (one half of the “World’s Greatest Tag Team” along with Shelton Benjamin) has announced his retirement from the ring. Haas, 41, has been wrestling professionally for the last 17 years since making his debut in 1996 on the independent scene. This announcement comes off the heels of his birthday on March 27.
Haas released this announcement via twitter:
“Officially retired. No match against @Sheltyb803 nxt week NYC. Time to be a full time dad and husband. I’ve turned my spandex in for scrubs … Thanks to all the fans throughout the years. I love you all. Stay safe and God bless. WGTT will always be a top Tag Team, forever.”
Haas was scheduled to have a match against his long time tag team partner, Shelton Benjamin at the ROH Supercard of Honor VII pay per view on April 5 in New York during WrestleMania 29 weekend. This announcement comes at an odd time since the match was booked in mid-march and is now receiving some criticism from the fans where they’re saying he should honor (no pun intended) his commitments. However, if this is beyond a sophomoric April fool’s joke, then it is possible that something imperative may have taken place influencing Haas to retire in such immediate notice. But history has taught us to “never say never” in wrestling, there could be a chance that we may see a final run with Haas and Benjamin in TNA Impact Wrestling, that has not been ruled out.
Haas is a three-time WWE world tag team champion and is married to 2002 co-winner of WWE Tough Enough Jackie Gayda and has four children. We wish nothing but the absolute best for the Haas family in their new path for a more stable life.
Maurice D. Proffit is a Writer for Rant Sports