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At one point, it looked like Shelton Benjamin was going to become a main-eventer.
He had a series of TV matches with HHH that eventually saw him go over.
For some reason, WWE didn’t capitalize on this feel-good moment, and he was kept in the mid-card.
To try and give him some more character development, WWE brought in a family member to join his side.
Unfortunately for everyone involved, it was his “momma.”
WWE hired actress Thea Vidale to portray his mother. This was the last thing he needed.
For some reason, he just couldn’t keep her out of the arena as she followed him around the country and joined him at ringside.
At one point, he defeated Ric Flair for the Intercontinental title after his mom faked a heart attack distracting Flair.
Had Shelton Benjamin been a heel, this angle would have been one thing (though still profoundly stupid), but fans were supposed to still like him.
Why would anyone cheer for a guy who is too afraid to stand up to his own mom?
While Shelton had plenty more great matches in WWE, his character never again achieved the level of popularity it had before this angle.