Shelton Benjamin

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Shelton Benjamin

Shelton Benjamin in April 2013 during his time with Ring of Honor
Ring name(s) Shelton Benjamin
Shelton X Benjamin
Billed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Billed weight 248 lb (112 kg)
Born July 9, 1975 (1975-07-09) (age 39)
Orangeburg, South Carolina
Resides Houston, Texas
Billed from Orangeburg, South Carolina
Trained by Ohio Valley Wresting
Debut 2000

Shelton James Benjamin (born July 9, 1975) is an American professional wrestler. He currently wrestles for New Japan Pro Wrestling under the ring name Shelton X Benjamin.

He is best known for working with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and has also worked for Ring of Honor from 2010 to 2013.

Career[change | change source]

Benjamin started his career in Ohio Valley Wrestling and stay with them from 2000 to 2002. During his time there he won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship three times with Brock Lesnar and one time with Redd Dogg.

He was called up to the WWE in 2002 and debuted on the WWE SmackDown roster on December 26, 2002. During his early career in the WWE he along with Charlie Haas formed Team Angle with Kurt Angle as their on-screen mentor. They began a feud with Chris Benoit. Benjamin won the WWE Intercontinental Championship after he defeated then-champion Chris Jericho at the 2004 Taboo Tuesday.

He was part of a storyline where he was on a losing streak for many weeks which led his "momma" (played by actress Thea Vidale) to come to Raw to scold him. She assisted him in matches and sometimes interfered in them. She was taken off television when she was (kayfabe) undergoing heart surgery in the hospital and wouldn't be returning to the WWE.

In 2007, he started wearing gold attire and dyed his hair blond. He also began referring to himself as "The Gold Standard". Benjamin won the WWE United States Championship after he defeated then-champion Matt Hardy at the 2008 Great American Bash. Benjamin was released from the WWE on April 22, 2010 along with Jimmy Wang Yang, Kung Fu Naki, Slam Master J, Mickie James and Katie Lea Burchill.[1]

Championships[change | change source]

  • Millennium Wrestling Federation
    • MWF Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Ring of Honor
    • ROH World Tag Team Championship (two times) (with Charlie Haas)
  • World Wrestling Council
    • WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship (one time)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
    • Most Underrated Wrestler (2005–2007)

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