Shelton Benjamin expected to make WWE return in early 2017

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Earlier this year, Shelton Benjamin was expected to return to the WWE, but injury held him back. He was scheduled to make his first appearance back sometime after the WWE Draft, but a torn rotator cuff that would require surgery delayed his return to the squared circle.

Now, some great news has come out of Benjamin's camp, as the former WWE superstar is expected to return to the company he once called home later this year or in early 2017, according to reports by NoDQ.

The man himself tweeted out earlier this week that his surgery on his shoulder was a success, and that he was on the road to recovery to finally get back in the ring for the company he was once a part of from 2000 to 2010.


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He said: "Surgery complete. Back home. Still loopy. Happy the healing process in finally underway."

Whether Benjamin makes his return at the end of this year or at the start of the next is all dependent on his recovery process. If he recovers quicker, it will obviously be a sooner return, but the WWE might be weighing up the benefits of when to bring him back because of the pay-per-view events on in the company around that time of year.

WWE's first pay-per-view of the year is always the Royal Rumble, where it is a tradition for several superstars to make their returns to the company. WWE could utilize this event to mark the 'unexpected' return of the former three-time Intercontinental Champion.

It's also worth noting that Benjamin was advertised to be part of the SmackDown roster upon his original return to the company, but it will be interesting to see if the WWE changes their mind. Obviously, this will be very dependent on how each roster looks when the former two-time Tag Team Champion is ready to return.

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