Former WWE Superstar Charlie Haas has recalled ending up with a broken neck during an angle with Drew McIntyre.
Haas signed with WWE in 2000 where he worked in numerous developmental territories until debuting on the main roster in 2002. Appearing alongside tag team partner Shelton Benjamin and Kurt Angle as ‘Team Angle’ the Oklahoma native quickly won tag team gold.
However, Haas was released by WWE in 2005 before returning a year later. During this period, Haas appeared as both a tag team and singles Superstar. By 2009, Haas was feuding with R-Truth, and called out his rival on an episode of SmackDown. This resulted in Drew McIntyre heading to the ring instead, cutting a short promo and dropping Haas with a DDT. After taking the move Haas appeared in genuine discomfort on the canvas and it was later revealed that he had broken his neck.
Speaking in a new interview with Sportskeeda’s Dr. Chris Featherstone, Haas discussed Edge’s return to action after his own serious neck injury. Haas said that he didn’t know Edge was coming back, comparing the situation to his own neck issue.
“Edge and I are friends, we’re good friends. I didn’t know he was coming back because of his neck. I mean, I broke my neck, Drew McIntyre broke my neck, it’s on YouTube. It was supposed to be me and Ron Killings, and they brought him out instead and… it was an interview and he cut me off and he hit me with a DDT with my hands behind my back, never let go. I heard it crack.
Haas added that he was happy for both Edge and Christian Cage after their respective returns to the ring.
“I’m so happy for him and he’s what WWE needed, and happy for Christian too, good for him.”
Charlie Haas was released by WWE in February 2010 and went on to appear on the independent circuit and with Ring of Honor.
Speaking earlier in the year, Haas recalled his time in Team Angle. Haas reflected on the success of the group, suggesting that the team was broken up too early.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.