Shelton James Benjamin (born July 9, 1975) is an American professional wrestler and former amateur wrestler. He is best known for his tenure in WWE. He wrestled for Ring of Honor (ROH) for two years, and currently works for New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) under the ring name Shelton X Benjamin. Benjamin has an amateur wrestling background, including wrestling in high school and at the University of Minnesota. In addition, Benjamin has acted as an assistant coach in amateur wrestling.
He first spent time in Ohio Valley Wrestling, where he held the Southern Tag Team Championship four times. WWE then moved him to the main roster and put him into an alliance with Kurt Angle and Charlie Haas, known as Team Angle (and later The World's Greatest Tag Team). During his tenure with the company, he won the Intercontinental Championship three times, the United States Championship once, and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice with Haas. He has also held the WWC Universal Heavyweight Championship once.
On the July 26, 2016, episode of SmackDown, a vignette aired promoting Benjamin's WWE return. However, on August 7, Benjamin announced that his return was on hiatus due to a torn rotator cuff, which required surgery. On March 30, 2017, Benjamin announced on Twitter that he was once again medically cleared to compete. However, he also confirmed that he never signed with WWE prior to his injury and was for the time being a free agent. On August 17, 2017, it was reported that Benjamin had officially re-signed with WWE. On the August 22 episode of SmackDown, Benjamin returned to WWE programming as Chad Gable's new tag team partner. On the August 29 episode of SmackDown, Benjamin and Gable picked up a win over the The Ascension in their first match as a team.
- Ohio Valley Wrestling Southern Tag Team Championship
- Millennium Wrestling Federation Heavyweight Championship
- Ring of Honor World Tag Team Championship
- World Wrestling Council Universal Heavyweight Championship
- WWE Intercontinental Championship
- WWE Tag Team Championship
- WWE United States Championship
- WWE 24/7 Championship