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Grading the Ohio Valley Wrestling Class of 2002

Modified 23 Apr 2018
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#5 World's Greatest Tag Team (Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas)

The Worlds Greatest Tag Team with their leader Kurt Angle.
The 'World's Greatest Tag Team' with their leader Kurt Angle

Debut: December 26, 2002

Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Hass were one of the best tag teams on SmackDown during their run as Team Angle. Put over by Paul Heyman as soon as they debuted, the tag team had a hot start in the company. They won the Tag Team Championships within two months of debuting on the brand, mixing it up with the likes of Edge, Chris Benoit, Los Guerreros etc.

The team was soon broken up in the WWE Draft and both competitors have had very different singles careers since. Charlie Hass failed to be relevant on his own, but Shelton Benjamin burst on to the scene in a big way. He had multiple reigns with the Intercontinental and the United States Championships, a high profile feud with Ric Flair and even had interactions with Shawn Michaels on Raw.

After being released in 2010, he returned in 2017 and has been slightly underwhelming since. He has been in a tag team with Chad Gable, and is now showing promise again after turning heel on SmackDown Live last week.

Hass became a comedy character soon enough, and started impersonating other wrestlers and would have a ridiculous mask gimmick. He became a jobber and left the company in 2010.

Grades: As a team B. Benjamin gets a B+. Hass gets a C-.

Published 23 Apr 2018, 19:45 IST
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