Shelton Benjamin, The Most Underrated Wrestler

Tyreek HardyContributor IDecember 19, 2008

Shelton Benjamin is a accomplished amateur wrestler who went 122-10 in high school and was a two-time South Carolina state high school heavyweight wrestling champion, earning the title in both 1993 and 1994.

In college, he put together a 36–6 win-loss record. Moreover, while attending the university, he was a two-time All-American heavyweight wrestler. Benjamin went 36–6 and made 12 pins in the Big Ten Championship, in which he placed sixth.

Instead of trying to qualify for the 2000 Olympics, Benjamin decided instead to try and pursue a professional wrestling career. In 2000, Benjamin signed a contract with the WWE and wrestled for Ohio Valley Wrestling where he teamed with Brock Lesner. They would the tag team titles on three occasions together.

In 2002, Shelton performed in house shows for the WWE. On December 26, 2002, Shelton Benjamin joined Smackdown as part of Team Angle which consisted of Benjamin, Charlie Haas and Kurt Angle.

On February 6, 2003, Benjamin and Haas would win the tag team titles from Los Guerrero's. On June 12, 2003, Kurt Angle fired Benjamin and Haas from Team Angle and the team of Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas was then called 'The Worlds Greatest Tag Team.'

They continued to feud with Los Guerrero's and eventually the team parted ways. During the 2004 WWE draft, Shelton went to the Raw brand and feuded with Triple H, and to the surprise of many, beat Triple H three times in a row. One beating was by pin, once by count out, and once by disqualification.

While on Raw, Shelton became the Intercontinental Champion on three different occasions. On December 11, 2006, The Worlds Greatest Tag Team was reunited and they defeated the Highlanders, they feuded with Cryme Tyme mainly on Heat.

On November 27, 2007, during ECW, Elijah Burke introduced ECW's newest superstar Shelton Benjamin. In his ECW debut, he defeated Tommy Dreamer. The gold standard, as Benjamin was sometimes known, had a long rivalry with Kofi Kingston while at ECW.

During the 2008 WWE draft, Shelton Benjamin was headed back to Smackdown.
championships and accomplishments African–American Wrestler of the Year award in 2005

  • WWE Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
  • WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Charlie Haas
  • WWE United States Championship (1 time, current)