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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 9 July 1975Orangeburg, South Carolina, USA
Birth NameShelton Albert Benjamin
Nickname The Gold Standard
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Shelton Benjamin was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina on July 9, 1976. A powerful athelete from an early age, Shelton was the South Carolina state heavyweight champion in high school wrestling in both his junior and senior years at Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School. In addition to his wrestling career, he was also the state champion for the 100-meter dash in Track, and was a two-time All-State selection in football. After graduating from O-W, he went on to Lassen Community College in Susanville, California, where he again starred in wrestling (1996 NJCAA Champion) and track (100 meter junior college champion), before transferring to the University of Minnesota. After graduation, he spent two seasons at Minnesota as an assistant coach for the wrestling team, where he trained future WWE Champion Brock Lesnar, among others. Shelton then spent time in Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW) where for a time he and Lesnar held tag-team gold as a team known as the Minnesota Stretching Crew. Both members of the MSC would soon win WWE contracts. Benjamin officially debuted in the WWE in December 2002 as part of the heel clique Team Angle with Charlie Haas and Kurt Angle. Haas & Benjamin captured the WWE Tag Team Championship twice in 2003, and after parting ways with Kurt Angle during his short-lived face turn, dubbed themselves The World's Greatest Tag Team.

Shelton was traded to WWE Monday Night Raw in March 2004 as part of a "draft lottery," swiftly putting an end to the Haas/Benjamin tag team. In his first match on Raw, March 29, 2004, Shelton ran afoul of the dominant heel clique of Raw, Evolution. This resulted in a match between Shelton Benjamin and veteran Triple-H and a dramatic upset victory by Benjamin, which secured his place as a fan-favorite. A rematch the following week resulted in another victory for Benjamin via count-out, but the members of Evolution exacted a punishment on the young wrestler after the match.

Shelton Benjamin has an extensive background in amateur wrestling and a speed advantage thanks to his background in track. He is a charismatic, powerful and skillful wrestler who has limitless potential to become a key player in the pro-wrestling world.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nick Wright

Trade Mark (21)

Uses the "stinger splash" as a tribute to Sting
Dragon Whip
Trademark move: Knee Lift
Trademark move: Shell Bomb (Powerbomb)
Trademark move: Neckbreaker (as a counter to a Vertical Suplex where he lands on his feet)
Trademark Double Team Move (with Charlie Haas): Superkick (Benjamin) into a German Suplex (Haas)
Trademark Double Team Move (with Charlie Haas): Inverted Atomic Drop (Haas) followed by a Superkick (Benjamin) into a Jackknife Pin (Haas)
Trademark Double Team Move (with Charlie Haas): Broken Arrow/Leap Frog/Shell Shocker/The World's Greatest Double Team (Leapfrog Body Guillotine)
Trademark Double Team Move (with Charlie Haas): Star Spangled Banner (Double Arm Drag over the knee)
Finishing move: T-Bone (Exploder Powerslam)
Finishing move: Dragon Whip/Money Clip/Shell Shocka (Caught kick into a spinning heel kick)
Finishing move (in OVW): 450 Splash
Trademark move: Benjamin Frostkick (Superkick)
Trademark move: Top-Rope Springboard Bulldog
Trademark move: Stinger Splash
Trademark move: Samoan Drop
Trademark move: Inverted Facelock Backbreaker
Trademark move: Flying Lariat
Trademark move: Top-Rope Springboard Crossbody
Finishing move: Paydirt (Running leaping reverse STO)
Trademark move: Swinging Tornado DDT

Trivia (22)

Former University of Minnesota teammate and dormmate of Brock Lesnar
Favorite wrestler growing up was Steve "Sting" Borden.
Broke his hand and was out of action for a few months.
Is the longest reigning Intercontinental Champion within the last decade.
From the same hometown as NBA player Mikki Moore
Won the Intercontinental Championship for the second time in his career when he defeated Ric Flair on RAW.
Previous Managers: Kurt Angle, Paul Heyman, "Momma" Benjamin.
On the May 15 edition of RAW, he pinned Rob Van Dam in the first-ever 3-on-2 Handicap Texas Tornado Championship Match to regain the Intercontinental Championship.
His favorite cartoon character is Daffy Duck, who he rates as his favorite actor.
Changed appearance when switched from "Smackdown/RAW" to ECW.
Faced 'Randy Orton' for the Intercontinental Title at WWE 'Bad Blood' 2004, but lost when Ric Flair interfered. [June 2004]
Lost to Kurt Angle on the August 22nd edition of Raw in a superb battle. [August 2005]
Moved from SmackDown to RAW along with 'Edge', 'Tajiri', 'Rhyno', 'Nidia', 'A-Train', and 'Chuck Palumbo'. [March 2004]
Defeated Eugene ('Nick Dinsmore') for the No 1. Contender to face "Nature Boy" 'Ric Flair' for the Intercontinental Championship the following week. [February 2006]
Currently performing on WWE Monday Night Raw, Mondays at 9PM EST on Spike TV. [April 2004]
Defeated Kerwin White at 'Unforgiven'. [September 2005]
Currently battling superstars such as 'Chris Masters', 'Gene Snitsky', 'Carlito', 'Edge' and 'Chris Benoit'. [August 2005]
Currently wrestling on the WWE brand of Extreme Championship Wrestling [November 2007]
Will compete in the 'Royal Rumble' match at the 2006 Royal Rumble. [January 2006]
Was out for a couple of months due to an injury but on the September 14th episode of RAW, Shelton returned to help Randy Orton and Chris Benoit battle Evolution. [September 2004]
Defeated Chris Jericho at WWE Taboo Tuesday to win his first WWE Intercontinental Title when he hit Jericho with the Exploder Suplex. [October 2004]
Defeated "Nature Boy" Ric Flair to become the new Intercontinental Champion. This is the second time he has held the Intercontinental title. [February 2006]

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