– SLAM! Wrestling has an interview with Raw wrestler Charlie Haas today. He told them WWE Vice President of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis pitched the idea for his impersonator character. “John Laurinaitis came up with the (character) idea and it got relayed to the writers,” Haas said. Haas said the character has helped him focus on the sports entertainment side of the wrestling business. “I came to realize that it’s not all about wrestle, wrestle, wrestle,” Haas said. “It’s about the entertainment. I looked at people like JBL and how long it took him to develop the JBL character. I never gave up, I knew I would succeed.”
For the first time, Haas publicly commented on being named by Sports Illustrated in the mail-order performance enhancing drug scandal. An article on their website on August 30, 2007 named Haas as one of 10 WWE Superstars found to have purchased illegal steroids not in compliance with WWE’s Talent Wellness program (alongside Randy Orton, Mr. Kennedy, John Morrison, Edge, Chavo Guerrero, Gregory Helms, Umaga, William Regal and Funaki). Haas was allegedly prescribed anastrozole (used to ward off breast tissue following a steroid cycle), somatropin (Growth hormone), stanozolol (anabolic steroid), nandrolone (anabolic steroid), and chorionic gonadotropin (protein hormones) between August 2006 and January 2007. Haas claims he thought it was legal, and he was doing it for “maintenance” after he had both his knees reconstructed.
“I got caught up in it. I thought I was doing something legal. I’d had both my knees reconstructed. I was doing it for maintenance,” Haas said. “I’m not going to lie about it. I’m not proud of what I did and I have to live with it. It was wrong, a mistake that I made. I thought I was doing something to surpass the pain. But what I was doing was hurting myself. And it was embarrassing to my family and to the company.
“Since then, I’ve really gotten into sports nutrition (with Jackie, he opened Custom Muscle Nutrition and Smoothie Shop, a nutritional store in Frisco, Texas). Kids have to realize if you’re weaker or smaller, they shouldn’t take steroids to get stronger and bigger. Just eat right. It can be done right. There’s no better nutrition than food.”
– Here are Thanksgiving messages from two WWE Raw Divas. Layla wrote on her MySpace page (www.myspace.com/laylainc):
Current mood: peaceful
I want to wish everyone a happy and safe Thanksgiving…Please enjoy the time with your friends & loved ones…My myspace page will be back up real soon…I want to sincerely thank everyone for all the well wishes while I was grieving…I will be back on track soon…Much Love…Lay
Lilian Garcia wrote on her MySpace page (www.myspace.com/liliangarcia):
I just wanted to wish you all a safe & Happy Thanksgiving.