Profile:
  • Name: Shelton Benjamin
  • Real Name: Shelton Benjamin
  • Date of Birth: July 9, 1975
  • Hometown: Orangeburg, South Carolina, United States of America
  • Height: 6'2
  • Weight: 248 pounds
  • WWE Debut: December 26, 2002
  • Nickname: "Gold Standard"
  • Finishers: Paydirt, T-Bone Suplex
  • Career Highlights: 3-time WWE Intercontinental Champion, 1-time WWE United States Champion, 2-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Charlie Haas)
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Tag Team of the Year Award with Charlie Haas (2003)
  • Slammy Award Nominations: Match of the Year Award for Royal Rumble match at Royal Rumble (2008), Match of the Year Award for Money in the Bank Ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV (2008)
Biography:
Shelton Benjamin is a very tough athletic competitor and has dominated the competition in WWE through his lengthy championship reigns and amazing battles against some of WWE's best competitors. Although his initial break came as a member of Team Angle that allowed Charlie Haas and himself to dominate SmackDown! brand's tag team division and proclaim themselves as World's Greatest Tag Team, Benjamin has not left any chance to prove himself as a singles star as well. He has defeated main event stars like Triple H and Chris Jericho on multiple occasions and has gained more success as a singles competitor, winning the WWE Intercontinental Championship three times and the WWE United States Championship one time.

World Wrestling Entertainment (2002 - 2010)
Shelton Benjamin debuted in World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) as a part-time wrestler while working in WWE's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW). On August 4, 2002 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Benjamin debuted in WWE and started his career as a babyface. In his first match, Benjamin got an upset victory against Justin Credible. Benjamin continued to compete on Sunday Night Heat and got impressive victories against some of Raw's mid-card superstars, which resulted in Benjamin becoming a full-time member of WWE's main roster. He joined the SmackDown! brand on December 26 edition of SmackDown!.

SmackDown! (2002 - 2004)
On December 26 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin and Charlie Haas made their debut as they were introduced to Kurt Angle by Paul Heyman, thus starting their careers as heels. They became Angle's proteges and became known as Team Angle, with Angle mentoring the team as their captain. Entering 2003, Benjamin participated in his first Royal Rumble match as the #23 entrant. He lasted ten minutes until he was eliminated by the eventual winner Brock Lesnar. On February 6 (taped February 4) edition of SmackDown!, Team Angle defeated Los Guerreros to win the WWE Tag Team Championship to establish themselves as SmackDown's top tag team.

At No Way Out, the entire Team Angle, including Kurt Angle, lost to Brock Lesnar and Chris Benoit in a Handicap match. At WrestleMania XIX, Benjamin and Charlie Haas successfully defended the WWE Tag Team Championship against Los Guerreros and Chris Benoit and Rhyno in a Triple Threat match. This resulted in a rivalry between Team Angle and Los Guerreros for the championship. At Backlash, Team Angle successfully defended the championship against Los Guerreros. After the match, Los Guerreros stole the championship belts. On May 1 edition of SmackDown!, Los Guerreros returned the belts to Team Angle but stole Kurt Angle's Olympic gold medals.

At Judgment Day, Team Angle lost the WWE Tag Team Championship to Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri in a Ladder match. Team Angle's reign ended at 103 days. Team Angle unsuccessfully challenged Guerrero and Tajiri for the championship on May 22 and May 29 editions of SmackDown! as Guerrero used his "lie, cheat and steal" policy to get Team Angle disqualified. On June 12 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin and Charlie Haas were fired from Team Angle by Kurt Angle. They began referring themselves to as World's Greatest Tag Team.

On July 3 (taped July 1) edition of SmackDown!, World's Greatest Tag Team defeated Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri to win their second WWE Tag Team Championship. At Vengeance, World's Greatest Tag Team successfully defended the championship against Rey Mysterio and Billy Kidman. On August 14 edition of SmackDown!, World's Greatest Tag Team successfully defended the championship against Mysterio and Kidman in a rematch. On September 18 (taped September 16) edition of SmackDown!, World's Greatest Tag Team lost the championship to Los Guerreros. World's Greatest Tag Team's reign ended at 77 days.

At Tribute to the Troops, World's Greatest Tag Team lost to The APA. On January 15 edition of SmackDown!, World's Greatest Tag Team defeated Basham Brothers to qualify for the Royal Rumble match. At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2004 Royal Rumble match as the #18 entrant. He lasted thirty-seven seconds until he was eliminated by Randy Orton. On January 29 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin participated in the SmackDown! Royal Rumble as the #4 entrant, to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. He lasted twenty-five minutes until he was eliminated by Kurt Angle. Eddie Guerrero won the SmackDown! Royal Rumble.

World's Greatest Tag Team began a rivalry with The APA, which culminated in a match between the two teams at No Way Out, which World's Greatest Tag Team won. At WrestleMania XX, World's Greatest Tag Team competed against Rikishi and Scotty 2 Hotty, The APA and Basham Brothers in a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWE Tag Team Championship. Rikishi and Scotty won the match. On March 22 edition of Raw, Benjamin was drafted to the Raw brand, thus breaking up World's Greatest Tag Team and ending Benjamin's successful partnership with Charlie Haas.

Raw (2004 - 2007)
After moving to the Raw brand and beginning a singles career, Benjamin turned babyface. On March 29 edition of Raw, Benjamin got an upset victory over Triple H after a distraction by Chris Benoit and Ric Flair. Benjamin became an enemy of Evolution and engaged in many rivalries with Evolution. His first rivalry was against Ric Flair, which culminated in a match between the two at Backlash, which Benjamin won. At Bad Blood, Benjamin unsuccessfully challenged Randy Orton for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. On June 20 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Benjamin broke his hand during a match against Garrison Cade, which put the rising star out of action.

Benjamin returned to WWE on September 6 edition of Raw. At Taboo Tuesday, Benjamin was selected to compete against Chris Jericho for the WWE Intercontinental Championship through 37% of the fan vote. Benjamin defeated Jericho to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship, thus winning his first singles championship in WWE. On October 25 edition of Raw, Benjamin successfully defended the championship against Jericho. Benjamin became a successful champion as he successfully defended the championship against Christian at Survivor Series, and Christian's alter ego superhero gimmick Captain Charisma in a rematch on December 6 edition of Raw.

Entering 2005, Benjamin successfully defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Maven at New Year's Revolution. After the match, Maven demanded an immediate rematch and Benjamin defeated Maven for the second consecutive time to retain the championship. The following night, on January 10 edition of Raw, Benjamin defeated Maven to qualify for the Royal Rumble match. At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2005 Royal Rumble match as the #9 entrant. He lasted fourteen minutes until he was eliminated by Edge. Batista won the Royal Rumble.

At WrestleMania 21, Benjamin competed against Edge, Chris Benoit, Chris Jericho, Kane and Christian in the first-ever Money in the Bank Ladder match. Edge won the match. At Backlash, Benjamin successfully defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Jericho. The following night, on May 2 edition of Raw, Benjamin participated in the Gold Rush Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. He lost to Shawn Michaels in the quarter-final round.

On June 20 edition of Raw, Benjamin lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship to Carlito. Benjamin's reign ended at 244 days. At Vengeance, Benjamin unsuccessfully challenged Carlito for the championship. Carlito retained the championship against Benjamin through intentional count-out on July 11 edition of Raw, and through intentional disqualification on July 18 edition of Raw. Benjamin began his next rivalry with Kerwin White. At Unforgiven, Benjamin defeated White. On September 26 edition of Raw, Benjamin lost to White in a rematch. On October 16 edition of Sunday Night Heat, Benjamin defeated White by disqualification after White's caddy Nick Nemeth attacked Benjamin.

Benjamin began a losing streak. On December 12 edition of Raw, Benjamin lost to Carlito in a qualifying match for Elimination Chamber. At Tribute to the Troops, Benjamin lost to Snitsky. Entering 2006, Benjamin's losing streak finally ended when he defeated Viscera at New Year's Revolution after his Momma Benjamin hit Viscera with her loaded purse. However, Shelton turned heel due to his Momma's cheating tactics. The following night, on January 9 edition of Raw, Shelton defeated Val Venis to qualify for the Royal Rumble after assistance by Momma.

At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2006 Royal Rumble match as the #28 entrant. He lasted six minutes until he was eliminated by Shawn Michaels. On February 6 edition of Raw, Benjamin participated in a Road To WrestleMania Tournament to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. He lost to Big Show in the quarter-final round. After the match, his Momma Benjamin suffered a heart attack and collapsed. On February 20 edition of Raw, Shelton defeated Ric Flair to win his second WWE Intercontinental Championship after his Momma faked a heart attack and Shelton attacked Flair with her oxygen tank. The following week, on February 27 edition of Raw, Benjamin defeated Chavo Guerrero to qualify for Money in the Bank Ladder match after Randy Orton delivered a RKO to Guerrero.

At WrestleMania 22, Benjamin competed against Rob Van Dam, Ric Flair, Matt Hardy, Finlay and Bobby Lashley in the 2006 Money in the Bank Ladder match. RVD won the match. Now continuing to compete without his Momma, Shelton began a rivalry with RVD. At Backlash, Shelton lost the WWE Intercontinental Championship to RVD in a match that also had RVD's Money in the Bank contract on the line. Benjamin's reign ended at 69 days. On May 8 edition of Raw, Benjamin competed against Rob Van Dam, Carlito and Charlie Haas in a Fatal Four-Way match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship. RVD won the match.

On May 15 edition of Raw, Triple H, Benjamin and Chris Masters defeated John Cena and Rob Van Dam in a Texas Tornado Handicap match, with Cena's WWE Championship and RVD's WWE Intercontinental Championship on the line. Since Benjamin pinned RVD, he won his third WWE Intercontinental Championship. The following week, on May 22 edition of Raw, Benjamin successfully defended the championship against RVD by disqualification.

At WWE vs. ECW, Benjamin participated in a Battle Royal, representing Team WWE. He was eliminated by Kurt Angle. Big Show won, giving Team ECW, the victory. At Vengeance, Benjamin defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Carlito and Johnny Nitro in a Triple Threat match. Nitro won the championship. Benjamin's reign ended at 41 days. After losing the championship, Benjamin's career became a slump as he became involved in low-card matches, mainly on Sunday Night Heat.

On December 11 edition of Raw, Benjamin officially reunited World's Greatest Tag Team with Charlie Haas. The following week, on December 18 edition of Raw, Benjamin participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Championship. He was eliminated by D-Generation X. Edge won the Battle Royal. At Tribute to the Troops, Benjamin lost to CM Punk.

Entering 2007, World's Greatest Tag Team participated in a Tag Team Turmoil match to determine the #1 contenders for the World Tag Team Championship. They were eliminated by Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch. Cryme Tyme won the match. At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2007 Royal Rumble match as the #9 entrant. He lasted twenty-two minutes until he was eliminated by Shawn Michaels. On February 26 edition of Raw, Benjamin lost to Jeff Hardy in a qualifying match for the Money in the Bank Ladder match.

On March 19 edition of Raw, Benjamin participated in a Last Chance Battle Royal for a spot in the Money in the Bank Ladder match. He was eliminated by Ric Flair. Edge won the Battle Royal. World's Greatest Tag Team became mainstays on Sunday Night Heat. At One Night Stand, World's Greatest Tag Team unsuccessfully challenged The Hardys in a Ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship. On August 6 edition of Raw, Benjamin participated in a Battle Royal for the position of Raw General Manager. He was eliminated by Sandman. William Regal won the Battle Royal. Benjamin moved to ECW brand on November 20 edition of ECW, thus ending World's Greatest Tag Team.

ECW (2007 - 2008)
On November 20 edition of ECW, Benjamin moved to the ECW brand. His hair were dyed blonde and he began wearing golden costume. He began referring himself as "Gold Standard" and was introduced by Elijah Burke to ECW. Benjamin became more successful with his Gold Standard attitude and began an undefeated streak in the Land of Extreme. Entering 2008, Benjamin won a Battle Royal by last eliminating Kane, on January 22 edition of ECW. At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2008 Royal Rumble match as the #17 entrant. He lasted seventeen seconds until he was eliminated by Shawn Michaels.

On January 29 edition of ECW, Benjamin lost to Kane by count-out, thus ending Benjamin's winning streak on ECW. On February 8 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin defeated Kane in a rematch by count-out. On February 22 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin defeated Jimmy Wang Yang to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match. At WrestleMania XXIV, Benjamin competed against CM Punk, Chris Jericho, Montel Vontavious Porter, John Morrison, Mr. Kennedy and Carlito in the 2008 Money in the Bank Ladder match. Punk won the match.

Benjamin continued his dominance on ECW with a rivalry against the newcomer and undefeated Kofi Kingston. On May 20 edition of ECW, Benjamin defeated Kingston to end Kingston's undefeated streak. On June 23 edition of Raw, Benjamin, as a part of Team ECW, participated in a Draft Pick Battle Royal. He was eliminated by CM Punk. Edge won the Battle Royal. On June 24 edition of ECW, Benjamin lost to Kofi Kingston in an Extreme Rules match to end the rivalry. Benjamin was drafted to the SmackDown! brand in the Supplemental Draft on June 25.

SmackDown! (2008 - 2009)
After moving to the SmackDown! brand, Benjamin defeated Matt Hardy to win the WWE United States Championship, thus making a quick impact on the blue brand. At SummerSlam, Benjamin helped Montel Vontavious Porter in defeating Jeff Hardy. On August 22 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin defeated Finlay to qualify for the SmackDown! Championship Scramble, after distraction by Mike Knox. At Unforgiven, Benjamin competed against Triple H, Jeff Hardy, Montel Vontavious Porter and The Brian Kendrick in the SmackDown! Championship Scramble for the WWE Championship. Triple H won the match.

Benjamin began a short-lived rivalry with R-Truth for the WWE United States Championship. At Survivor Series, Benjamin, as a part of Randy Orton's Team Orton, consisting of William Regal, Mark Henry and Cody Rhodes, competed against Batista's Team Batista, consisting of Matt Hardy, CM Punk, Kofi Kingston and R-Truth, in a Survivor Series match. Team Orton won. Orton and Rhodes survived the match. Benjamin began a short-lived rivalry with Hurricane Helms for the WWE United States Championship. In 2009, Benjamin had another short-lived rivalry, this time against Undertaker.

At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2009 Royal Rumble match as the #20 entrant. He lasted four minutes until he was eliminated by Undertaker. On February 6 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin participated in a Last Chance Battle Royal to qualify for the SmackDown! Elimination Chamber. Benjamin was eliminated by Chavo Guerrero. Vladimir Kozlov won the Battle Royal. On March 6 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin defeated Jeff Hardy by disqualification to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match after Matt Hardy intentionally punched Benjamin to get Jeff disqualified.

On March 20 (taped March 17) edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin lost the WWE United States Championship to Montel Vontavious Porter. Benjamin's reign ended at 240 days. On April 3 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin unsuccessfully challenged MVP for the championship. At WrestleMania XXV, Benjamin competed against CM Punk, Montel Vontavious Porter, Kane, Mark Henry, Christian, Kofi Kingston and Finlay in the 2009 Money in the Bank Ladder match. Punk won the match.

Benjamin reformed World's Greatest Tag Team with Charlie Haas and began a rivalry with John Morrison. At Judgment Day, Benjamin lost to Morrison. On June 5 edition of SmackDown!, Benjamin lost to Morrison in a rematch. Benjamin began a regular losing streak. On June 29 edition of Raw, Benjamin was traded to the ECW brand, as part of 15-wrestler trade initiated by the Raw Owner Donald Trump. It consisted of 5 wrestlers each being traded to one brand. This permanently ended World's Greatest Tag Team.

ECW (2009 - 2010)
After moving to the ECW brand, Benjamin began feuding with wrestlers like Yoshi Tatsu, Zack Ryder and Sheamus. Benjamin turned babyface during his rivalry with Sheamus. On September 15 edition of ECW, Benjamin participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the ECW Championship. He was eliminated by Sheamus after having already eliminated Sheamus. Zack Ryder won the Battle Royal. On October 8 edition of ECW, Benjamin defeated Sheamus by disqualification. On October 22 edition of ECW, Benjamin lost to Sheamus in a rematch to end the rivalry.

At Survivor Series, Benjamin, as a part of John Morrison's Team Morrison, consisting of Matt Hardy, Finlay and Evan Bourne, competed against The Miz's Team Miz, consisting of Jack Swagger, Dolph Ziggler, Sheamus and Drew McIntyre, in a Survivor Series match. Team Miz won. Miz, McIntyre and Sheamus survived the match. At TLC, Benjamin unsuccessfully challenged Christian for the ECW Championship in a Ladder match. On January 5, 2010 edition of ECW, Benjamin defeated Chavo Guerrero to qualify for the ECW Homecoming. The following week, on January 12 edition of ECW, Benjamin participated in the ECW Homecoming Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the ECW Championship. He was eliminated while diving onto Vance Archer, thus eliminating both men. Ezekiel Jackson won the Battle Royal.

At Royal Rumble, Benjamin participated in the 2010 Royal Rumble match as the #20 entrant. He lasted forty-eight seconds until he was eliminated by John Cena. Edge won the Royal Rumble. Benjamin began a rivalry with Vance Archer. On February 2 edition of ECW, Archer defeated Benjamin. The following week, on February 9 edition of ECW, Benjamin defeated Archer in a No Count-out, No Disqualification match to end the rivalry. ECW brand was replaced by a new reality show WWE NXT on February 23. As a result, Benjamin moved to the SmackDown! brand.

SmackDown! (2010)
After moving to the SmackDown! brand, Benjamin defeated CM Punk on March 26 edition of SmackDown!, to qualify for the Money in the Bank Ladder match, after distraction by Rey Mysterio. At WrestleMania XXV, Benjamin competed against Jack Swagger, Drew McIntyre, Kane, Christian, Matt Hardy, Montel Vontavious Porter, Kofi Kingston, Evan Bourne and Dolph Ziggler in the 2010 Money in the Bank Ladder match. Swagger won the match. On April 22, Benjamin was shockingly released by WWE, thus ending the Gold Standard's eight-year tenure.

Shelton Benjamin's WWE Photo Gallery:

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Team Angle
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World's Greatest Tag Team
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WWE Tag Team Champions
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WWE Intercontinental Champion
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Shelton Benjamin and Momma Benjamin
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Gold Standard
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WWE United States Champion
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Shelton Benjamin at WWE.com



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