Shelton Benjamin worked a dark match prior to this week's WWE SmackDown! taping in Houston, Texas, beating SmackDown! Superstar Curt Hawkins. He received a solid reaction from the hometown crowd.

During Benjamin's near ten year tenure with World Wrestling Entertainment, he won the Intercontinental Championship three times, the United States Championship once, and the WWE Tag Team Championship on two occasions. Benjamin was released from his contract last April, along with Slam Master J, Kung Fu Naki, Jimmy Wang Yang, Mickie James and Katie Lee Burchill.

Benjamin appeared for Ring of Honor alongside longtime tag partner Charlie Haas following his dismissal from WWE. It is not known at this time if he has re-signed with the organization. He's shedualed to work numerous upcoming ROH events with Haas.

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