Former WWE superstar Charlie Haas has claimed that Vince McMahon sees tag team wrestling as costing more money on his budget.
Charlie Haas first appeared for WWE in December 2002, debuting as a member of Team Angle along with Shelton Benjamin. The pair joined as a gift from the Olympic gold medallist’s manager (or advocate, if you prefer) Paul Heyman, in an attempt to keep the WWE Championship on his charge for as long as possible.
The duo earned their first gold in the company in February the following year, defeating Los Guerreros to win the WWE Tag Team Championships. Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin would go on to hold those titles a second time, with Haas also adding a third reign alongside Rico later in his career with the company.
Speaking on the It’s My Wrestling Podcast, Charlie Haas has talked Vince McMahon’s reservations around tag team wrestling, citing a business reason for it.
Vince doesn’t like tag team wrestling, he looks at it as an added expense, as paying for an extra guy on road. An extra guy in the hotel room. He really doesn’t like it and he changed a lot of it over the years.
A standard tag team contest (so not including the likes of a Survivor Series match) has not been the main event of a WWE pay-per-view since December 2019, when The Kabuki Warriors defeated Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch in a Tables, Ladders and Chairs match to retain the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Charlie Haas also went on to mention his own love for tag team wrestling, and how it helped him become a specialist in the art.
When you’re talking about 2002 with the tag teams I think that was a great time. When I was a kid growing up in the 80s got to watch Arn and Tully, Rock n Roll Express, Midnight Express, The Fantastics, The Guerreros, The Dynamic Duo. Those tag teams meant something you know?
If I’m forgetting anyone, I’m sorry. The tag teams meant something I felt when we were there too, but that’s all passion. I love the Tag Team stuff you know, I was a fan of it before I became one.
There has been another recent revelation in regards to Vince McMahon, with Zelina (or Queen) Vega revealing the personal apology she received from him following a specific incident.
With thanks to Sportskeeda for the transcription.