Former WWE superstar Charlie Haas spoke to Nick Hausman of The Wrestling Inc. about his relationship with his former tag team partner Shelton Benjamin, about Brock Lesnar, and how they both first met. On the relationship between Shelton Benjamin and Lesnar, Charlie Haas stated: “People don't understand, Shelton was the heavyweight before Brock at the University of Minnesota.
He is one of the best heavyweight fighters. Minnesota produces many of these athletes. When Shelton was preparing for graduation, they knew they would have to take a heavyweight to replace him and ran into Brock. The amazing thing is that no one signed it, no one even knew who Brock was.
They saw it at a tournament and heard noises as if people were being thrown. They gave him a full scholarship and told him, 'You'll come to Minnesota.' When Shelton graduated and his eligibility expired, he became Brock's coach, so he was in the room coaching him.
Shelton was his coach and helped Brock win some national titles. Shelton played an important role for him."
Charlie Haas talks about Shelton Benjamin
Brock Lesnar recently had the chance to fight in a dream match against Bobby Lashley.
The Beast was defeated and Charlie Haas talked about the match like this: “I think it was fantastic. I really wish it was a WrestleMania match. But they intend to take another path but I think they will return. Eventually, you got to see two great fighters who were really tough in the ring.
It was truly incredible." On the AEW, Charlie Haas said he was surprised: “I saw a hell of a match of CM Punk but it was fantastic. I am watching everything that is going on with the various couples there. I like that tag teams are very important in AEW.
I truly believe that tag team wrestling can return to being the main event like in the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. I am watching the MLW and also the GCW. I am a huge fan of wrestling and I think this is the perfect time to be a huge fan of this incredible discipline”.
Haas suggested there was backstage politics involved because WWE split up Team Angle while Evolution continued as a stable on RAW: "It should have been longer. What people don’t understand is, at the time, we were getting h*t on Team Angle (on SmackDown).
Who was getting h*t on RAW? That was Evolution. But when they have four guys and you have three, when they do the mixed pay-per-views, we are starting to get a better reaction than them. I don’t care what they say, you can ask Kurt Angle that, Shelton (Benjamin) may not say because he is with WWE now, but we were getting a better reaction than they were.
I think that had a lot to do with, 'okay it’s time to split them' because they kept Evolution going. That’s just the way it is."