Charlie Haas at home in Ring of Honor Wrestling
By Jessi Virtusio firstname.lastname@example.org November 16, 2011 3:18PM
Former WWE star Charlie Haas said he's glad to be concentrating on pro wrestling in Ring of Honor Wrestling, where he is a tag-team champion.
RING OF HONOR’S GLORY BY HONOR X
♦ 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19
♦ Frontier Park fieldhouse,
9807 Sayre Ave., Chicago Ridge
♦ Tickets, $20
♦ (215) 781-2500; rohwrestling.com
♦ Prior to this event, there will be a meet-and-greet autograph session with the All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus). Photos will be available to purchase at the event.
- Pro Wrestling Extra: A conversation with Charlie Haas
- Pro Wrestling Extra: A conversation with PCW officials
- Pro Wrestling Extra: A conversation with VWAA
Updated: May 9, 2012 10:01AM
What a difference a year can make in the world of pro wrestling.
At Glory By Honor IX, former WWE stars Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin made their Ring of Honor Wrestling debuts and lost to the Kings of Wrestling (Claudio Castagnoli and Chris Hero).
Fast-forward to Glory By Honor X, which is set for Nov. 19 in Chicago Ridge, and Haas and Benjamin are tag-team champions in the Philadelphia-based ROH.
“We weren’t really sure how things were going to go with Ring of Honor,” Haas said of joining the promotion that many consider a strong competitor to WWE and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
“The styles of going from WWE to Ring of Honor, and the fans are so critical, but they accepted us. They loved the match with the Kings of Wrestling and the rest is history.
“As things turned out, Cary Silkin sold Ring of Honor to Sinclair Broadcast Group and some things are getting better.
“Cary did a great job, and now we’re owned by a television conglomerate that is putting out a television show all over the United States.”
Although those of us in the Chicago area don’t currently have a Sinclair station airing ROH’s weekly TV show, fans can sign up at rohwrestling.com to watch the episodes.
“Last week we were viewed by over a million people in the United States,” Haas said on Nov. 14.
“Compared to where we were a year ago, that’s a million people that never saw us and have now seen us.”
Fans can see Haas and Benjamin, who have dubbed themselves Wrestling’s Greatest Tag Team, live when they defend their ROH belts against the All Night Express (Kenny King and Rhett Titus) at Glory By Honor X.
“I think we have a really good shot,” Haas said of retaining the gold.
“They’re a good team. We’ve just been around a lot longer. We’re used to big matches, championship matches.
“Wrestling all over the world and our experience will help us prevail. It will be a fight. I’m not taking anything away from them, but I think we have the upper hand.”
Haas and Benjamin also were a formidable tag team when they paired together in WWE, and that’s probably because they get along so well outside the ring.
“He’s my best friend,” Haas said of his tag-team partner. “And our chemistry is so good. Our backgrounds are so similar.
“We were lucky that we just clicked. He works as hard as I do when it comes to wrestling and in the matches. It makes for a good team.”
♦ Keep an eye on blogs.southtownstar.com/entertainment, for the Pro Wrestling Extra topic featuring much more of my conversation with Charlie Haas.
The Elaborating on Entertainment blog also will feature Pro Wrestling Extra topics with Pro Championship Wrestling officials previewing Thanksgiving Turmoil with “Big Poppa Pump” Scott Steiner in Midlothian, and Vanguard Wrestling All-Star Alliance roster members talking about Divided We Fall with “WWE Tough Enough” contestant Matt Capiccioni aka “Spartan 3000” Matt Cross in Oak Forest.
♦ Information about meet-and-greets, signings and other events can be found in the Upcoming Shows forum at ChicagoProWrestling.com.