There are few stories in WWE history quite like that of Shelton Benjamin. Growing up on the dangerous streets of urban Orangeburg, S.C., he lived in an area known for drug trafficking and weapons use, but rather than ending up on the wrong side of the tracks, he was accepted to the University of Minnesota, continuing his career as a stand-out amateur wrestler and eventually becoming a WWE Superstar.
And what a Superstar he became. At two different points in his WWE career, Benjamin enjoyed notoriety as one-half of the self-proclaimed “World’s Greatest Tag Team” with Charlie Haas. Their tandem initially started off as disciples of Kurt Angle, but eventually splintered off from the gold medalist and made a sizable impact in the tag team division.
In 2004, Benjamin cemented himself as a premier singles Superstar when he engaged in a highly competitive rivalry with none other than Triple H himself, defeating The King of Kings on numerous occasions. He was eventually chosen by the WWE Universe to challenge Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental Title at Taboo Tuesday, a match which Benjamin ultimately won. He captured the prestigious championship a second time in 2006 by defeating Ric Flair.
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On Smackdown Live Episode 46, Benjamin made his return to WWE and Smackdown Live for the first time in nearly 10 years and he went one-on-one with one half of the Smackdown Tag Team Champions, Sheamus, and he came out victorious, despite a distraction from Sheamus' tag team partner, Cesaro, earning himself and Chad Gable a shot at the Smackdown Tag Team Championship. On Smackdown Live Episode 47, Benjamin teamed up with Chad Gable knock off the Smackdown Tag Team Champions The Bar in tag team action to earning full momentum heading into their future shot at the Smackdown Tag Team Championship.