SmackDown Live Superstar Shelton Benjamin recently did an interview with WWE.com where he discussed several topics, like what it was like to return to the WWE after seven years, and about teaming up with Chad Gable.
Shelton says that he is still trying to get used to being in WWE after working on improving himself for the past seven years.
“It’s all kind of surreal, and I don’t feel like it’s hit me yet. Since I left the WWE, I moved to improve myself as a performer and come back. I really didn’t expect it to take seven years. So, it’s been a long road and I’m still trying to get used to it. It’s all very surreal. Being back with WWE is an emotional high and a professional high. So far, so good.”
Shelton was released from WWE along with several other superstars back in April of 2010. After his release, Shelton made a return to the independent circuit and wrestled for various promotions like World Wrestling Council, Ring of Honor, NJPW and has also worked for Global Force Wrestling and several other promotions.
Shelton made his return on August 17, 2017 at the WWE and teamed up with Chad Gable. Shelton says that Chad is a tremendous athlete like his former partner Charlie Haas.
“Without a doubt. Chad is a great athlete, just like Charlie. Before I even get into that, though, Charlie Haas is, to this day, still my best friend. He’s my brother. We talk all the time. WWE created family when they put us together. We worked hard together and he helped push me. When you insert Chad Gable, obviously, there is going to be the comparisons to Charlie. I don’t like to make that comparison because they’re two different people. This isn’t The World’s Greatest Tag Team, this isn’t American Alpha — we are something completely different. But, obviously, there are similarities. They’re both tremendous athletes. They both have great drive, and even in the past couple of weeks I’ve seen Gable show signs of the intensity that Charlie had.”
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