Shelton James Benjamin (born July 9, 1975) is an American professional wrestler, and former amateur wrestler currently signed to WWE on the SmackDown brand, currently on a hiatus due to injury. Benjamin has wrestled for Japanese New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW) and Pro Wrestling Noah under the ring name Shelton X Benjamin and for American promotion Ring of Honor (ROH) under his real name. Prior to becoming a professional wrestler, he was a two-sport athlete in college. Benjamin won an NJCAA championship in both track and field and collegiate wrestling. After attending junior college, he completed his degree from the University of Minnesota. Benjamin started his professional wrestling career in WWE's developmental territory Ohio Valley Wrestling (OVW), where he held the Southern Tag Team Championship four times with Brock Lesnar (three times) and Rodney Mack (one time). WWE then moved him to the main roster in 2003 where he formed an alliance, with Kurt Angle and Charlie Haas, known as Team Angle (and later the World's Greatest Tag Team with Haas). During his tenure with the company, he won the Intercontinental Championship three times, the United States Championship once, and the WWE Tag Team Championship twice with Haas.