|Born||July 9, 1975|
Orangeburg, South Carolina
|Lives in||Houston, Texas|
|Professional wrestling career|
|Ring name(s)||Shelton Benjamin|
Shelton X Benjamin
|Billed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Billed from||Orangeburg, South Carolina|
|Trained by||Ohio Valley Wresting|
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.
Championships[change | change source]
- Ohio Valley Wrestling
- Millennium Wrestling Federation
- MWF Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- PWI Tag Team of the Year (2003) (with Charlie Haas)
- He was ranked #9 of the 500 best singles wrestlers by the PWI in the PWI 500 in 2005.
- World Wrestling Council
- WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship (one time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (three times)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (two times) (with Charlie Haas)
- WWE United States Championship (one time)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter awards
- Most Underrated Wrestler (2005–2007)