If you only started watching wrestling a few years ago, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Shelton Benjamin is and always was a jobber to the stars.
The last time Benjamin secured a main roster win was way back in October 2018, when he defeated Daniel Bryan – and that was only because The Miz provided a distraction.
Since his 2017 return to the company, Shelton hasn’t had many chances to prove his worth, apart from a brief tag team run with Chad Gable upon his comeback.
Benjamin was a rising star in the early 2000s, and his first singles run on Raw saw him defeat Triple H, but he never capitalised on his huge potential, and he soon became a mid-card act for years before departing in 2010.
It’s obvious to see that the powers-that-be see him as a solid hand when needed nowadays, but that’s not very often, and he’s more likely to be seen now on Main Event than Monday Night Raw.
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Benjamin revealed on former WWE announcer Lillian Garcia’s ‘Chasing Glory’ podcast that he’s recently penned a new deal with the company though – but also used the airtime to share his grievances on the way he’s been used recently.
Yeah, I just re-signed another multi-year deal, so I’m still gonna be here for a little while,” Benjamin said, per F4WOnline.
“I always like to put my best foot forward. I like to be in the mix, I like to be producing, I like to inspire people.
And, lately, I haven’t been doing much as far as on-air with WWE. And, for me, it’s just frustrating.
“So, when you contacted me and wanted to do this interview, my first thought was like I don’t even know what I would talk about because right now, I’m not doing anything.
“I’m not doing anything that’s fulfilling to me. I’m here every week, I’m ready to go. For me, it’s like, when I watch shows like this – I mean the show’s called Chasing Glory – people are chasing something.
“Right now, I don’t feel like I’m even in the hunt. Not that I don’t want to be, but I’m not. That frustrates me on a very personal level.”
Things can change very quickly in WWE, but with the amount of talent already sitting behind the scenes doing nothing, it seems unlikely that Benjamin will get another main roster run anytime soon.
But WWE are now extremely keen to lock down any talent, whether they are or aren’t on television, and Benjamin will surely be getting some good money to do very little – but he will be hoping for a change of fortune in the coming months.