As we have seen in recent weeks, Charlie Haas has an extreme amount of personality, and frankly is working his way into being one of my favorite parts of WWE's television lineup.
So I am writing this after watching ECW's "After the Bell" exclusive on wwe.com, where Michael "P.S." Haas (Charlie Haas) gets dropped in one punch by SmackDown head writer Michael "P.S." Hayes.
Hayes comes in and cuts a classic Freebird promo, and rips off the classic rock song "The Boys are Back in Town" at the same time. At the end of the bit, Hayes drops Haas with one punch and then dances out of frame to his old entrance music. Funny, entertaining, and classic old-school Freebirds stuff, without the three-on-one beatdown of the victim, of course.
This drives me to talk about Charlie Haas. Haas, a champion wrestler from Seton Hall University, and formerly a multiple champion in WWE, has something working against him ... wrestling ability.
Haas is seen as an enhancement talent by some and has been labeled as not having any personality. As we have seen in recent weeks, though, Charlie Haas has an extreme amount of personality, and frankly is working his way into being one of my favorite parts of WWE's television lineup.
Haas isn't 7 feet tall, Haas doesn't grow odd facial hair and bully crippled superstars. Haas can wrestle, plain and simple. Sadly, this isn't enough for most folks both in and out of the WWE.
So, Charlie, either through his own devices, or with the help of WWE creative, has taken to re-enacting the gimmicks of former WWE superstars.
Haas did a pretty spot on JBL, a decent Steve Austin, and his Michael Hayes impersonation was good as well. But, it was his portrayal of Curt Hennig as Mr. Perfect and parodying Hennig's vignettes that made me love Charlie Haas' new role in WWE. Haas is unafraid to make fun of himself, because this is what he is doing in this role.
Haas knows that he has been labeled as nothing more than enhancement talent, but he also knows that he wants to feed his family.
I salute Charlie Haas for being such a great person and a decent worker. Here's to hoping someone in creative continues to use Haas and perhaps pushes him into a mid-card spot.
Dustin Watson is a professional-wrestling blogger for the Linn County Leader. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.