Former champion to return to WWE for the first time in six years


With WWE splitting up the RAW and SmackDown brands, it was only a matter of time before spots were opened up on the rosters for new or past superstars. On Tuesday, WWE confirmed the return of one of those stars, as former Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin is back with the company.

Benjamin originally broke into wrestling with Brock Lesnar, as the two were originally part of the University of Minnesota amateur wrestling team. After debuting on WWE television in 2002, Benjamin quickly gained acclaim for his outstanding athleticism.

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In his original run in WWE, Benjamin won the Intercontinental Championship three times, the tag team titles twice with Charlie Haas, and the U.S. Championship once. Benjamin was released from the company in 2010 as part of the company's mass-releases after that year's WrestleMania.