When we talk about the man of fantasy, what kind of character comes into your mind? Someone hard as a rock from outside but soft as a sheep’s wool?
Well, you know who I am, indicating someone who is a pure athlete, strong, determined, fearless, and at the same time, an internal peacemaker, sensitive, perceptive, and patient.
Of course, he is none other than Shelton Benjamin.
Shelton Benjamin, aka Shelton James Benjamin, is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, performing on the Raw brand.
Furthermore, he carries a long history of wrestling, and he is one of the few to have such a story in WWE.
Not to mention, he made his foremost professional wrestling debut in WWE’s developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he held the Southern Tag Team Championship four times.
In fact, who had thought that someone who grew in a dangerous city of weapons and drugs would bloom and thrive instead of getting withered.
Moreover, Benjamin started early in his sophomore year at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
Today, we take you to the deepest corner of his steps, and before it, some of the common facts are listed below.
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|Full Name||Shelton James Benjamin|
|Date of Birth||July 9, 1975|
|Birth Place||Orangeburg, South Carolina, U.S.|
|Nick Name||The Gold Standard|
|Age||46 Years Old|
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||248 lb (112 kg)|
|Hair Color||Dark brown|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Mother’s Name||Thea Vidale (famously known as Momma Benjamin, not a birth mother)|
|Education||Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School
Lassen Community College
North Carolina State University
University of Minnesota
|Kids||Two daughters (one of the daughter’s name is Kayana)|
|Ring Name||Shelton Benjamin
Shelton X Benjamin
|Billed from||Minneapolis, Minnesota
Orangeburg, South Carolina
|Debut||2000 (WWE Television Debut)|
|Net Worth||$2 million – $5 million|
|Social Media||Instagram, Twitter|
|Last Update||June, 2022|
Shelton Benjamin | Early Life
On July 9, 1975, Benjamin was born under the star sign of Cancer to his parents in Orangeburg, South Carolina.
Physical Attributes and Diet Plans
Benjamin is a well-built tan wrestler who maintains a ripped physique. He stands tall at 6 ft 2 in (188 cm) and weighs 248 lb (112 kg).
Furthermore, he has Dark brown hair, which matches his eye color with a round chubby face. Additionally, his body measures a good figure of 46 inches chest, 35 inches waist, and 18 inches biceps.
Talking about the diet plans of Benjamin’s, he is very strict with his food and diets. Normally, the Wrestler eat small six meals a day.
According to Shelton, the benefit of taking six small meals a day will help in metabolism, which can help keep your weight in check.
Not only the diet plans, but the fighter is very strict with his exercises and workouts. He is mostly seen in Gym during his free time, working on his muscles and body.
Benjamin’s Mother | Thea Vidale
Thea Vidale is an American stand-up comedian and actress famous for her role as Thea Armstrong-Turrell in the ABC sitcom Thea, originally aired from 1993 until 1994.
She was born into a military family and grew up along with her three sisters.
However, she had a troubled marriage as her husband physically abused her.
She had four children (twin daughters and two sons) through her marriage, which she left with her husband.
Later, when she appeared as a guest on The Howard Stern Show, she announced her decision to have gastric bypass surgery (due to Type 2 diabetes); she also stated, “I have four children.
This is not about vanity…I want it to be like a rebirth. A new me. A healthier me.”
Shelton Benjamin | Education and Amateur Wrestling
Benjamin was raised in his hometown, Orangeburg, South Carolina, thus attended high school at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School.
To illustrate, he commenced his wrestling in his sophomore years, where he had a 122–10 overall win-loss record and was a two-time South Carolina state high school heavyweight wrestling champion (1993-1994).
As for his college, he attended Lassen Community College in Susanville, California, where he claimed the championship of National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) track and field of 100m.
Not to mention, he also became NJCAA collegiate wrestling champion. In 1995, Benjamin got a full football scholarship at North Carolina State University, which he attended briefly.
He transferred to the University of Minnesota on a wrestling scholarship for his further studies for his junior and senior college years.
During his tenure at the University, he recorded a 36–6 overall win-loss score in College Wrestling.
Right after his graduation, Benjamin started to work as an assistant wrestling coach at the same university.
In the meantime, he got a chance to train with future Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) tag team partner Brock Lesnar.
Thereafter, he chose to pursue his career as a professional wrestler rather than qualifying for the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Shelton Benjamin | Professional wrestling career (World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment)
Ohio Valley Wrestling
The Year 2000
Benjamin made his professional debut through a contract with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as he was placed in its developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW).
Moreover, he met Brock Leshnar and formed a tag team with him, and together they were known as the “Minnesota Stretching Crew.”
The Year 2001
The Minnesota Stretching Crew ruled during February and July and even won the title for the third time from Rico Constantino and The Prototype on October 29.
However, in November, Leshnar had to go to the main roster; thus, Benjamin formed a tag team with Redd Dogg Begnaud called “The Dogg Pound.”
Afterward, they won the OVW Southern Tag Team Championship on July 17, 2002, further making several house shows for the main WWE roster.
Therefore, on Sunday Night Heat, he made his WWE television debut as a heroic character.
The World’s Greatest Tag Team
On December 26, 2002, Benjamin joined WWE’s SmackDown! brand as a heel (antagonist) under the supervision of Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle alongside Charlie Haas, widely known as “Team Angle.”
The Year 2003
On January 2, on the episode of SmackDown! against Edge and Chris Benoit, they made their foremost televised match on WWE.
Benoit teamed with Brock Lesnar until NO Way Out and defeated the Team Angle as their feud continued.
On February 3, just within a month’s interval, they defeated the champions, Los Guerreros (Eddie and Chavo Guerrero) thus, advancing to their first WrestleMania match at WrestleMania XIX.
They wrestle against Los Guerreros, Chris Benoit, and Rhyno, thus gaining their tag title in a Triple Threat match.
Unfortunately, they faced a loss against Eddie Guerrero and his new partner Tajiri at Judgment Day in a ladder match.
Thus, Angle’s rose confrontation against Benjamin and Hass concluded in firing them from the ‘Team Angle’ on June 12, 2003, episode of SmackDown!
Afterward, they titled themselves “The World’s Greatest Tag Team” and, without surprise, won the tag titles back on the July 3 episode of SmackDown!
However, on September 18, Benjamin struggled with a legitimate knee injury during a match against Los Guerreros; thus, they lost their title.
After a month’s sideline, Benjamin and others partook in a Fatal Four-Way match at WrestleMania XX.
Feud With Evolution and Intercontinental Champion
The Year 2004
Right on his starting years after he was drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2004 WWE draft on March 22, he was successful in making his mark, claiming an upset victory over Triple H.
Furthermore, he defeated Triple H three times: once by pinfall, countdown, and disqualification.
Not to mention, he also started a feud with other members of Triple H’s stable Evolution and won over Ric Flair at Backlash.
However, he had a sorrowful loss against Randy Orton in an Intercontinental Championship match at Bad Blood.
Additionally, he advanced into a match on Heat against Garrison Cade, and during the game, he broke his hand.
Consequently, during the fall, Benjamin paired with Randy Orton to face Evolution. At the same time, fans chose him to fight off then-champion Chris Jericho at Taboo Tuesday for the Intercontinental Championship.
Right then, he recorded his first singles title in the company as he proudly took the victory.
The Year 2005
As an Intercontinental Champion, he overtook the titles of many likewise: Christian at Survivor Series, Maven at New Year’s Revolution, and Chris Jericho at Backlash.
On June 20, Benjamin ended his reign of 244 days as he took a downfall from Cartilo on Raw.
Just like that, the longest Intercontinental Championship reign ever recorded for a decade came to an end.
Following it, Benjamin had a continuous loss for several weeks, and his “momma” (Thea Vidale) slapped and yelled at him every time.
Besides, she also stood up on behalf of Benjamin, which led him to the role of ‘heel’ for the second time in his career.
Thus, Benjamin explained her absence due to her heart surgery; however, the truth spilled out, stating it was because someone sexually harassed her in WWE.
Moving forward, Benjamin started his rivalry against Rob Van Dam since the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 22.
Hence, he changed his appearance by wearing shades, jewelry, and occasional colored shirts while entering the ring.
Moreover, during Raw’s episode, Hass defeated Benjamin, which led to the Backlash “Winner Takes All” match.
On the bargain, Rob Van Dam won the match hence, claiming the Intercontinental Champion title.
In the meantime, Benjamin tagged with Triple H and Chris Masters against Van Dam and WWE Champion John Cena in a Tornado Tag Team match.
During the match, Benjamin regained the Intercontinental Champion title for the third time as he pinned Van Dam.
In the end, at Vengeance in a Triple Threat match, Benjamin feuded with Carlito and others, which ended up in a loss of his title to Johnny Nitro.
Reunion with Charlie Haas
The Year 2006
On the December 4 episode of Raw, Benjamin took a victory over Super Crazy (Francisco Islas Rueda), and his former tag team partner, Hass, came to celebrate the win.
Reuniting back in a segment with Cryme Tyme, on the same night, they defeated the Highlanders.
The Year 2007
The World’s Greatest Tag Team then started their feud with Cryme Tyme, utterly failing to win them in a tag team turmoil match at New Year’s Revolution on January 7.
However, on the January 29 episode of Raw, they managed to win Cryme Tyme. Benjamin entered the Royal Rumble match at the namesake pay-per-view but was eliminated by Shawn Michaels.
Another loss came against Ric Flair and Carlito’s team on the April 2 episode of Raw. However, in the next episode, Haas distracted Carlito, allowing Benjamin to gain the pin over Flair; thus, they won the match.
In two weeks’ intervals, they were successful in winning over Cartilo via countout.
Following it, they unsuccessfully challenged the Hardy Boyz for the World Tag Team Championship at One Night Stand in a ladder match.
As they started their rivalry against Paul London and Brian Kendrick, the duo lost the match, and again, Benjamin lost a single match against London. However, by the end, they gained a victory against them.
Therewith, they ended the year with the competition against the teams of Hardcore Holly and Cody Rhodes and Super Crazy and Jim Duggan until November.
Thus, Benjamin ended joining the ECW roster and disbanding the team.
The Gold Standard
The Year 2007
On November 20, Benjamin started anew with blonde hair and gold wrestling attire Naming himself “The Gold standard” as Elijah Burke Introduced him as a new member of ECW.
Hereby, he made his debut defeating Tommy Dreamer, which helped him garner more airtime and higher profile matches.
Besides, Benjamin appeared in the Rumble match at number 17, winning an over-the-top-rope preview, and later, he was eliminated by Shawn Michaels.
This was one of the best matches he had ever played in his career history.
The Year 2008
On the contrary, his foremost ECW loss came on January 29 to Kane by count-out.
To illustrate the February 22 episode of SmackDown, he defeated Jimmy Wang Yang for the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXIV but eventually lost to CM Punk.
Right after it, he had a brief feud with CM Punk and an on-screen rivalry with Kofi Kingston with him; he had to accept defeat on the April 22 episode of ECW.
Later, Benjamin won over Kofi on the 100th episode, which again came as a loss against him in an ECW Extreme Rules match.
Before defeating the United States Champion Matt Hardy in a non-title match, he was drafted to the Smackdown Brand in the 2008 Supplement draft.
Furthermore, he claimed the United States Championship at The Great American Bash after re-winning Hardy.
The Year 2009
Benjamin continued to claim his title against competitors such as R-Truth and Hurricane Helms; however, he lost to Montel Vontavious Porter, ending his 240 days reign in the 500th episode of SmackDown on March 20.
He lost the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXV against CM Punk for the second consecutive year.
On June 29, he was traded to ECW and lost his debut match against Yoshi Tatsu later, winning a rematch.
Next, Benjamin abandoned his tag team partner Zack Ryder which started a feud against Ryder and Sheamus over the following weeks.
During the process, Sheamus and Benjamin both had a traded wins against each other on ECW and Superstars until October 26, when Sheamus was moved to the Raw brand.
By the end of the year, he wrestled Christian at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs for the ECW Championship in a Ladder Match but lost.
The Year 2010
On January 31, Benjamin entered the namesake match at entry number 20, only to get eliminated by John Cena in under a minute.
Before the final episode of ECW, he paired with Vladimir Kozlov, defeating three members of the ECW roster: Vance Archer, Caylen Croft, and Trent Barreta.
Over the time on February 26 episode of SmackDown, Benjamin returned in the Money in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania XXVI, beating CM Punk.
Similarly, on April 20, in a dark match, he took over Joey Mercury in his last match at the SmackDown tapings. Finally, Benjamin was released from the WWE contract on April 22.
The Year 2010
On July 24 in San Diego, California, Benjamin made his Independent circuit debut against Scorpio Sky.
On July 31, he won the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship against Ray González during the World Wrestling Council’s “La Revolución” show in Puerto Rico.
After nearly 4 months of the title, he lost it to Cartilo at Crossfire on November 27
To boot, for American Wrestling Rampage, Benjamin made his debut on November 10 with Haas facing La Résistance.
Besides, in a steel cage match, he defeated Shawn Daivari alongside tag team matches, with Haas taking on Booker T and Scott Steiner.
Not to forget, he also invaded a win against Curt Hawkins in the smackdown tapings in Houston, Texas.
The Year 2011
On March 9, Benjamin won the MWF Heavyweight Championship in the first half of the year and lost it on June 4.
After 11 years, Benjamin and Angle reunited at JAPW 18th Anniversary Show, and alongside Hass, he defeated Chris Sabin and Teddy Hart.
Into the bargain, Global Force Wrestling (GFW) announced Benjamin as part of their roster on May 15.
Right after, he made his debut for the promotion on June 20, defeating Chris Mordetzky in a main event singles match.
Ring of Honor
The Year 2010
Benjamin made his Ring of Honor debut on September 11 at Glory By Honor IX with Hass against The Kings of Wrestling (Chris Hero and Claudio Castagnoli).
On December 9, they returned to the Ring of Honor Wrestling television tapings, winning over the Bravado Brothers (Harlem and Lance).
They claimed the ticket to an eight-man tag team match the following day after defeating the All-Night Express of Kenny King and Rhett Titus at the second set of television tapings.
Therefore, they teamed with the Briscoe Brothers against the Kings of Wrestling and the All-Night Xpress, which ended in a no contest.
The Final Battle 2010 was on December 18, where Benjamin and Hass announced publicly to wrestle regularly for the Ring of Honor in the year 2011.
The Year 2011
On February 26, during the pay-per-view 9th Anniversary Show, Benjamin and Hass claimed the victory over the Briscoe Brothers in the evening’s main event.
Hence, this allowed them to earn another shot at the Kings of Wrestling and the ROH World Tag Team Championship, which they attended on April 1 and won the wrestle.
The Year 2015
On January 4, Benjamin returned to New Japan at Wrestle Kingdom 9 in Tokyo Dome. Right then, he teamed with Davey Boy Smith, Jr., Lance Archer, and Takashi Iizuka for an eight-man tag team match.
However, they were defeated by Naomichi Marufuji, Toru Yano, and TMDK (Mikey Nicholls and Shane Haste). Since those days, Benjamin’s profile from NJPW’s website has been removed.
Pro Wrestling Noah
The Year 2015
Firstly, Benjamin paired with the rest of Suzuki-gun on January 10 thus, invading a Pro Wrestling Noah show as they attacked Marufuji and TMDK.
Two days later, Benjamin debuted Noah in an eight-tag team match alongside Suzuki, Taichi, and Michinoku.
Altogether, they bought down Marufuji, Atsushi Kotoge, Muhammad Yone, and Taiji Ishimori.
Secondly, Benjamin started a feud with Takashi Sugiura as he worked on all Noah events. On July 18, they finally met in a grudge match where Sugiura took the win.
Later, Benjamin was again defeated in the finals of Noah’s premier singles tournament by Naomichi Marufuji.
The Year 2016
Benjamin lost in the GHC Heavyweight Championship against Go Shiozaki on June 12.
Return to WWE
Chad Gable Team
Benjamin returned to WWE officially on July 26, 2016, episode of SmackDown. On August 7, he announced he required surgery as he had a torn rotator cuff.
The Year 2017
Benjamin notified on Twitter that he could resume his game on March 30. Following it on August 17, he officially dealt with WWE and returned on the August 22 episode of SmackDown.
Hence, he paired with Chad Gable, working as a fan favorite tag team, and made their ring debut on August 30.
Together, they defeated The Ascension, followed by the win over The Hype Bros at Hell in a Cell. Additionally, they had several title shots for the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The Usos.
They could also partake in a PPV match at Clash of Champions, in a fatal four-way tag team match against Rusev and Aiden English.
The Year 2018
On the January 2 episode of SmackDown Live, they faced the Usos.
The following week, they were turned into ‘heel’ while demoralizing the referee and the audience and accusing SmackDown general manager Daniel Bryan of being biased.
Therefore, Bryan allocated them for a rematch at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view in a 2 out of 3 falls match, which they lost.
On April 8, Benjamin, alongside Gable, competed at WrestleMania 34 in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. During the 2018 WWE Superstar Shake-up, he was traded to Raw on April 16.
Short Glances Through the Year
The Year 2018
The next day, Benjamin claimed to have his Twitter account hacked and issued a challenge to anyone in the locker room.
Initially, Randy Orton faced him; however, newly drafted United States Champion Jeff Hardy interfered and defeated him.
Similarly, the next week, he issued another open challenge, which Hardy took. However, it was Orton who faced him and got defeated.
Following it, Benjamin partook in the Greatest Royal Rumble as the number 48 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
He competed in the titular 50-man Royal Rumble match and was eliminated by Chris Jericho.
Then, Benjamin paired with The Miz on the May 1 episode of SmackDown, but they lost against Orton and Hardy.
Until the end of the year, he made four other Television appearances on SmackDown, which came as a loss to Daniel Bryan in June, Jeff Hardy in August, and WWE Champion AJ Styles in October.
He had only one win against HArdy after the Miz interfered in their game.
The Year 2019
On January 27, Benjamin was eliminated by Braun Strowman at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. Similarly, he faced another loss against Seth Rollins on the March 11 episode of Raw.
Not to mention, Benjamin was announced as one of sixteen competitors in the King of the Ring.
Afterward, he faced his former partner Chad on August 27 and got defeated in the tournament’s first round.
The Hurt Business (2020-present)
On July 20, Benjamin successfully claimed the 24/7 Championship from R-Truth with MVP’s help and Bobby Lashley’s stable The Hurt Business.
After 14 years, he got his first victory in Raw against United States Champion Apollo Crews in a non-title match.
As of May 2021, he fought in a match against Alexander but lost the match.
Shelton Benjamin | Championship
Track and field (National Junior College Athletic Association)
- 100 m Champion
- Junior National Wrestling Champion
- National Collegiate All-American (1997 & 1998)
- Millennium Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship
- Ohio Valley Wrestling Tag Team Championship (4 times) – Brock Lesnar (3) & Redd Dogg (1)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Tag Team of the Year (2003) with Charlie Hass
- Ranked No. 9 of the 500 top wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 2005
- Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Charlie Hass
- World Wrestling Council Universal Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
- World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (3 times)
- WWE Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Charlie Haas
- United States Championship (1 time) and 21/7 championship (3 times)
Shelton Benjamin Beyond Wrestling
In the year 2003, Benjamin made his WWE video game debut from WWE SmackDown! Here Comes the Pain.
His other video games are WWE Day of Reckoning, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw, WWE WrestleMania 21, WWE SmackDown! vs. Raw 2006.
Furthermore, he had WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2007, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2009, WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2010, and WWE SmackDown vs. Raw 2011.
To add, he also had part 2 of WWE Day of Reckoning, WWE 2K19, and WWE 2K20.
Shelton Benjamin | Net Worth
According to sources, as of 2022, Benjamin is estimated to have a net worth of around $2 million – $5 million. Moreover, we know he owns a mansion in Spring, Texas (TX), US.
Additionally, he has luxury car collection which includes Ferarri worth $188,425 – $400,000, Mercedes which price ranges from $34,475, and BMW worth $30,025 – $103,225.
Shelton Benjamin | Personal Life & Social Media
Benjamin has a daughter named Kyana, whose details about the mother are unknown.
Furthermore, he has a soft spot for his daughter and congratulated her for graduating from high school in 2017.
Since 2002, he also has a close friendship with Charlie Haas; hence, he stays as a godfather to Haas’ oldest daughter.
Moreover, he is close to Leshnar since his university days as they were roommates. He serves as a godfather to Lesgnar’s Daughter also.
Benjamin is also a soft-hearted person who loves children and used to go to Four Dwellings Primary School in Birmingham, UK, to teach kids about reading week.
To illustrate, Benjamin is an avid social media user and is also the Guinness World Record for “wrestler who won the most WWE THQ Superstar Challenges.”
Unlike many people, he is also a huge fan of video games, due to which he won WWE’s THQ Superstar Challenge.
However, he looks like a tough guy but is funny at times. He had jokingly tweeted on April 20 to stop youths from playing video games in COVID as they were beating his records.
Is Shelton Benjamin Kurt Angle’s son?
No, Benjamin is not Kurt Angle’s son.
Who considers Shelton Benjamin’s like a Super Kick?
Shawn Michaels considers Shelton as one of the best Super Kick of all time.
Are Shelton Benjamin and Brock Lesnar best friends?
Shelton and Brock have been best friends since school days. However, they split into different paths because of their career. At present, they both are still close friends.
Who is the Wrestler dating now?
As of now, Shelton is not dating one and is single. Also, there is no rumor of the wrestler dating any other girl at the moment.
What is Shelton’s favorite finishing move?
Shelton’s favorite finishing move is T-Bone. Benjamin wraps his arm around the opponent’s neck sets the wrestling up before jumping to his side and slams his own weight onto the wrestler.
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