Shelton Benjamin took to social media to confirm his WWE release and look to the future.
In the wake of WWE’s merger with UFC under parent company Endeavor, more than 100 staff members were let go from the company on September 15th. While the layoffs initially affected office staff, a report indicated that talent cuts were also on the way.
Sure enough, on September 21st, multiple stars were released from their WWE contracts, including former World Heavyweight Champion Dolph Ziggler. The releases have reportedly caused frustration backstage as the company announced a new huge money deal for SmackDown the very same day.
Shelton Benjamin was also on the list of talent cut from WWE, and following news of his release, he took to social media to address the situation, writing:
“I have been released from my wwe contract. I thank @wwe staff , talent, and of course the fans for Everything. Something ends, something new Begins. Looking forward to my next Chapter”
I have been released from my wwe contract. I thank @wwe staff , talent, and of course the fans for Everything. Something ends, something new Begins. Looking forward to my next Chapter
— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) September 21, 2023
Kurt Angle Praised Shelton Benjamin On Social Media
Shelton Benjamin originally joined the WWE main roster in late 2002, debuting alongside Charlie Haas as Paul Heyman presented the pair to Kurt Angle as a present. The trio formed Team Angle, and while Benjamin and Haas broke away from Angle in 2003 what some consider to be premature fashion, the WWE Hall of Famer continues to have great admiration for his former teammates to this day.
Taking to social media after news of Benjamin’s release from WWE, Kurt Angle wrote:
“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
The full list of WWE Superstars released on September 21st can be found here.