With the “New Era” fully in swing within WWE, SmackDown Live is about to see the return of one of WWE’s most exciting and most athletic superstars of all time. It was confirmed last week on SmackDown Live that none other than Shelton Benjamin will be returning to the squared circle, and his new home will be on the blue brand.
The 41-year-old superstar began wrestling in the early 2000’s and found success within the WWE, including a few championships and highlight-reel worthy moments along the way. With this return, Smackdown is going to gain knowledge from a veteran superstar who brings a fantastic technical wrestling move-set to the ring, and it deepens the roster and credibility of SmackDown Live as the “wrestling brand.
While Shelton was never known for his microphone work, his charisma and creativity inside the ring is undeniable. Shelton is known for his incredible Money in the Bank matches, which not only elevated his reputation but the reputation of the Money in the Bank Ladder Match as a whole. He showed the versatility of how the ladder can be used as a weapon and an assistant for death-defying maneuvers.
With the addition of Benjamin, it shows that WWE is willing to give superstars of past, present, and future a chance to give their all for the business. As well, Benjamin helps to bring more fresh talent and spotlight to a somewhat lackluster group on SmackDown. While there is the luchador style of Kalisto, he’s become fairly standard, and SmackDown also feels filled with stale superstars like Zack Ryder and Dolph Ziggler.
When Benjamin departed from WWE in 2010, he criticized the company for their lack of utilizing his athletic talents. Now, he’s being given a second chance after continuing to excel on the independent circuit. WWE has regained a solid worker who is capable of elevating the SmackDown roster and potentially fulfilling the potential that many saw in him years ago. Hopefully other former WWE superstars will follow suit and are able to come back to finish what they started.