Kurt Angle believes one released WWE star is “truly a badass.”
After two years in the developmental system, Shelton Benjamin was called up to SmackDown in December 2002 alongside Charlie Haas. The pair were brought in by the Olympic Gold Medallist to form ‘Team Angle’ with him as their leader.
As well as backing up Angle as he defended the WWE Championship, Benjamin and Haas quickly captured their own gold by defeating Eddie and Chavo Guerrero for the WWE Tag Team Championships.
In June 2003, the pair parted ways with Angle and renamed themselves ‘The World’s Greatest Tag Team’ and found continued success as a team until eventually being split up in the 2004 draft.
On September 21st, Benjamin was released from WWE for the second time. Despite the team disbanding two decades ago, Kurt Angle still respects his former ally and posted a tribute to the star on social media.
“Team Angle forever. Thank you Shelton for the memories, You’re truly a badass.”
Team Angle forever. Thank you Shelton for the memories, You’re truly a badass 👊 pic.twitter.com/a6PDF4YZZE
— Kurt Angle (@RealKurtAngle) September 21, 2023
Benjamin himself has also commented on his departure, thanking his fans and everyone at WWE for his time in the company.
Who else has been released by WWE?
As well as Shelton Benjamin, September 21st saw multiple WWE stars let go from the company. These included the likes of former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler, Tenille Dashwood aka Emma, and Mustafa Ali, who was the first to announce his departure on the day. You can read the full list below: