The Death of Shelton Benjamin's Career and Its Journey to the Grave

Jared BarnesCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15:  CM Punk trys to bridge out against Shelton Benjamin during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

My title probably led you into this article thinking I hated Shelton Benjamin. Or maybe you came in here wondering what is this idiot talking about.

Shelton Benjamin is one of my favorite WWE superstars. He's athletic and always does something new and fresh. But this is not about that. This is about the death of one of our favorite WWE gladiators. 

Once the gold standard lost is United States championship he basically became the put-over machine. He had a short and nice little feud with John Morrison and JoMo got the better of Shelton.

Shelton than spent some time with his old tag partner and proceeded to job to other tag teams. The gold standard quickly became the bronze tarnish as he jobbed to R-Truth.

That's not all. He has now been traded to the new WWE graveyard ECW. ECW was pillaged like our ear drums when having to listen to a Diplomats album.

And because they were so badly abused in the draft they lost every single star they had except for the man who has more peeps than the rest of us. 

Safe to assume Shelton's career in the WWE is over? I hope not, but how is one to think otherwise?

Shelton has been a jobber for months now and goes to the brand Vince could care less about. The brand that once (until yesterday) had so much promise and was putting on solid weekly shows is now a who's who of lame gimmicks and wrestlers. 

Is the Gold Standard going to enjoy a championship feud and become the ECW Champion? Which from what I can tell and have heard is nothing more than the European championship and is of less value than the US title. 

ECW is supposed to be the stepping stone for new WWE talent (Bourne, Swagger) who then move on to bigger and better things (Bourne, Swagger) and also a place to bury your talent you have no use for anymore. 

I think Shelton's career may be over in the WWE. I guess mic skills are all that matter in this day and age. Guys who can't perform one single move like the Great Khali get put on PPV's while Shelton is wasted. 

I may be jumping the gun. But I don't see the light. I think Shelton's career has been buried. I am forever sad about seeing one of my favorites treated like this.  

RIP Shelton Benjamin.