Shelton Benjamin is one of the most experienced names present on the WWE roster right now. The American professional wrestler started his wrestling career in Ohio Valley Wrestling. He has had a long wrestling career. Benjamin made his debut back in the year 2000. He is still actively wrestling for WWE.
Recently, he was in The Hurt Business. However, Bobby Lashley kicked him out of the group. Benjamin has majorly been in the lower mid-card. He is still one of the best in-ring technicians. The fans have lauded him for his work. Some even feel that he could become a bigger Superstar if he is pushed in the right manner. However, no one knows how long Benjamin will have to wait for that huge push from the WWE Creative team. Here are some interesting facts that you need to know about Benjamin.
1. The real name of Shelton Benjamin
Most WWE Superstars do not use their real name inside the ring. However, Shelton Benjamin does not belong to that category. His birth name is Shelton James Xavier Benjamin. He was born on July 9, 1975. His birthplace is South Carolina.
Not many fans would know Benjamin is 45 years old. He is still very athletic inside the ring. The 45-year-old is a father of two children. His height is 6 feet 2 inches. His reported weight is 248 lbs.
2. Shelton Benjamin is yet to win the WWE Title
Shelton Benjamin has won many titles in the WWE. He is a former 3-time Intercontinental Champion. He is a former US Champion. Also, Benjamin has captured the tag titles. But the world title has eluded him.
Benjamin a 3-time 24/7 champion in WWE. It seems unlikely he may win the WWE title. However, one must never say never in WWE. Fans have seen many unlikely Superstars rise to the top. Perhaps, Benjamin may get a world title reign in the coming years.
3. He won tag team championships with Brock Lesnar
Shelton Benjamin has never won the world title. On the other side, Brock Lesnar has always been in the main event scene. Lesnar and Benjamin worked as a tag team. They were a team during their OVW days. T hey won the tag titles thrice in that promotion.
Overall, Shelton Benjamin has won the Ohio Valley Wrestling Tag Team Championship four times. Three times he won the title with Brock. The other championship win came with Redd Dogg. Shelton even won tag team titles with Charlie Haas in two different promotions. They won the gold twice in the WWE and twice in the Ring of Honor.
4. His return to WWE was delayed in 2016
In 2016, WWE aired a vignette on SmackDown Live, informing the fans that Shelton Benjamin would return to the company. However, the same did not happen. Unfortunately, Benjamin had a torn rotator cuff, which needed surgery. As a result, he stayed out of action till 2017. When he returned, WWE booked him as the next tag team partner of Chad Gable.
However, it would have been interesting to see what would Benjamin have done had he been cleared to wrestle in 2016 only. Chad Gable was in the SmackDown Live Tag Team Division with Jason Jordan at that time. Hence, Benjamin would have most likely been a part of the singles division. Nevertheless, the fans will never know what could have happened. Benjamin is currently performing on WWE RAW and WWE Main Event.