As noted here on eWn, the current SmackDown Live Tag-Team Champions, The Usos, were the most recent guests on “E&C’s Podcast Of Awesomeness”. During a particular portion of the podcast, Jimmy & Jey took listeners back to their beginning days of pro-wrestling; stating that the first ‘roughing up’ that they took, came from former WWE Tag-Team Champions, “The World’s Greatest Tag-Team”, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas.
Here are the highlights from that portion of the podcast:
Being Able To Work With Chad Gable:
“We had a match with American Alpha. Like, we had a nice little run with them, but it got kind of cut short. We [were] tearing it up with those guys. I got in the ring with Gable and I was like: ‘holy hell, you can rip my arms off if you wanted to’, t’s ridiculous.”
Getting Roughed Up By Haas & Benjamin Early On In Their Careers:
“Man, me personally, it’ll be interesting with this brand new tag team that just got here last week, Shelton and Gable. I said them because I ain’t never been in the ring with Shelton and our first practice, our first, like: ‘hey, you guys are wrestling, we’re getting you in the gym right now’ was Shelton and Charlie Haas. They dragged me and my brother to a 24 Hour Fitness. The first day in Houston, Texas, before a contract, before even learning how to bump and they killed us in the gym, like, murdered us like mad men and they did it on purpose to where you couldn’t even move. I was like, ‘holy hell’ but I’ll never forget that and the second day, I was scared to go in the gym. It was the first time of being legit scared to go into a gym man. The first time we ever locked up with Charlie Haas it was like a soft lockup. He was like, ‘do it again.’ We went to lock up again [and] ‘boom’, snot came out our nose, ‘this is how you lock up.’ I was like, ‘what the? I don’t think I want to do this.’ Man, he gave me one of the hardest arm drags. I set in for an arm drag and he snapped me so fast man.’ I was like, ‘okay,’ now I knew what I was getting into.”