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WWE: Haas Returning? & Dalip "Giant" Singh Signed

– The word going around is that Charlie Haas has signed a new WWE deal and may return as soon as tonight’s TV taping in East Rutherford, New Jersey to the Raw brand. There had been rumors of Haas’ return floating around for several weeks, which had been shot down by sources had spoken to as late as last week. As it turns out, those sources were wrong and I apologize for last week’s error.

Haas and his wife Jackie Gayda were both released from WWE on 7/6/05. Gayda later signed with TNA. In a July 2005 interview, Haas stated he wouldn’t return to the company even if he was invited back, saying if he ever went back, he wanted it to “be under his own terms.” Haas had been working regularly for Jersey All Pro Wrestling (where he first broke in as a tag team with his late brother Russ) since his WWE departure.

Haas had been openly vocal against WWE writer Dave Lagana, who heads up the Smackdown side after this release, which may explain why he’s being brought to Raw. It’s possible Haas could be used as part of Shelton Benjamin’s new storyline, but that isn’t confirmed.

– World Wrestling Entertainment has signed the 7″3′ (although often billed larger) Dalip “Giant” Singh. Singh, a native of India, originally trained with the All Pro Wrestling school in California and wrestled for New Japan Pro Wrestling, often teaming with former WWF Oddity member Giant Silva.

Earlier this year, Singh had an entertaining turn in the Adam Sandler remake of “The Longest Yard” playing a gigantic inmate named Turley who played for Sandler’s penal football team. The film also featured Bill Goldberg, Bob Sapp, Kevin Nash, and Steve Austin. Singh was memorable enough that Sandler used him in several promotional appearances to publicize the film, including an appearance with Jay Leno on the Tonight Show.