Finally, after mentioning all those jobbers and misused wrestlers and how ineffective their releases were, we get to business and mention top superstars. Right?
Nope, you're simply mistaken!
Don't get me wrong, I know that Benjamin is one of the best athletic wrestlers when it comes to ring skills. But just tell me how many people are still talking about Shelton Benjamin and his release? Some members here just mention him from time to time as an athletic superstar who never received a push.
What are the good things you remember about him? They can be counted on one hand!
His paring with Charlie Haas as the "World's Greatest Tag Team," his impressing three winning streaks against Triple H, his eight months reign as the Intercontinental champion after beating Y2J and his other eight months reign as US champion after beating Matt Hardy.
Yes, those were great moments for him, but they are the only great moments.
We can also remember some memorable matches for him against Kurt Angle, Shawn Michaels, Undertaker, Chris Benoit, and John Cena. But of course, despite his outstanding performance, he lost all those contests.
Other than the momma story line, he never had legit segments and story lines that could help him improve and shine in this promotion. He seemed to be lacking any mic skills. Furthermore, even with his great athleticism, he wasn't a charismatic character who receives huge pops.
I'm not trying to say that he didn't deserve a push, but WWE were only using him as an upper mid-card at first, and later as a mid-card and a jobber.
How many world title shots has he received in his career? Zero!!!
Yes, the closest moment for him to any world title was in a royal rumble match or in MIB match. He didn't even win the ECW championship, a title that was held by jobbers like Chavo Guerrero.
He called himself the golden standard, but in his final months, he was no more than a golden jobber. He nearly lost all his matches and the only matches he won were royal rumble and money in the bank qualifying matches just to make him part of those events.
He participated in every MIB match at Wrestlemania just to job to the others in those matches. Even in the last royal rumble match, he was great, but just for one minute!!!
What I'm trying to say is that his status was really awful before he left, and he was really misused. So why have a great superstar like him if he'd only be jobbing?
Many members here thought that he should have stayed. But why did you want him to stay? So you can watch him job to more wrestlers? Maybe to Hornswoggle?
It was better for him to get released rather then being an underrated superstar, unless you wanted him to continue jobbing for several more years before you realize that he won't get his deserved push.
Some people said that his release is an end of an era! What era? If you mean jobbing era then fine.
Finally, and to be honest, he never left any space after his release because WWE never helped him earn any remarkable spot.