Former WWE star Charlie Haas retired from Ring of Honor Wrestling last night and said he was completely quitting the sport. According to Pro Wrestling Scoops on March 31, Haas cut a promo, without a microphone, after his match and then quit the industry.
Haas did not deliver the promo during a filmed broadcast, but it was captured on a cell phone recording during a house show. This also seems to end the big match that was supposed to take place at this weekend’s Internet pay-per-view between Charlie Haas and his former tag team partner Shelton Benjamin.
Haas and Benjamin wrestled as Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team in the WWE and ROH for over ten years, following the death of Charlie’s brother Russ. When Benjamin looked like he might get a chance to return to the WWE, Ring of Honor broke the team up and then scheduled this big one-on-one dream match between the long time friends.
Haas’ character in Ring of Honor has been a beer drinking loud mouth that flips off the fans, curses wildly and challenges anyone to a fight. However, at the event, those in attendance say that it looked like Haas was intoxicated legitimately. Those in attendance say there was a loud argument backstage between Haas, the ROH booker Delirious and announcer Kevin Kelly.
Before the match with Jeff Louis Neal, Haas cut a promo saying he was retiring, that he had done enough for wrestling and that is was time to leave the sport. He then wrestled the match, and people in attendance said he was visibly shaking and crying during the match. After the match, he asked for a mic again but was refused. He started yelling in promo to the crowd, thanking them and saying that everything he ever did, he did for the fans. When ROH officials tried to signal him to go back to the locker room, he flipped them off and kept talking until he was finished.
Charlie Haas retired and quickly left the event after that and later tweeted that it was true and it was time to be a full time dad and husband.
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