Shelton Benjamin has always been a standout performer, and when he returned to WWE last year he joined the SmackDown Live brand and formed a tag team with Chad Gable. During Benjamin’s first run with the company he found success as both a singles and tag team wrestler, and he managed to face some of the biggest stars in the business.
Benjamin recently reflected on some of his big matches during an appearance on Sean Waltman’s X-Pac 12360 show, and he revealed that he was very nervous the first time he wrestled Ric Flair.
“The first time I wrestled Flair at a Pay Per View. Because you know I come out first and for the first time ever Ric Flair. This is the man. Who in my opinion has always been the man. Ric Flair has always been my world champion. So, when I finally see him coming down the ring for the first time. There’s a moment where I am just like… that kid is standing in the ring.”
Ric Flair is one of the most iconic wrestlers of all time, so it’s not hard to see why Benjamin would be nervous, but he also noted that he had a similar reaction to The Undertaker.
“The second time that ever happened was years later it was the first time I had a singles match with Taker… that was a huge shot of adrenaline. I go to the ring and I hear, Gong! I would always sneak into the arena for Taker’s entrance’s you know if I was on the show I was going to be in the arena for Taker’s entrance and go back. But this time, I’m in the ring waiting for Taker to come and yeah…”