Shelton Benjamin Reveals Which Wrestlers He Loved Growing Up

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Pro wrestling veteran Shelton Benjamin appeared on an episode of Monopoly Events’ For The Love of Wrestling, where he talked about a number of topics including which wrestlers he loved growing up.

Benjamin said, “I grew up in the American South, so I saw a lot of [Jim] Crockett stuff. I didn’t see a lot of WWE, so for me, Hulk Hogan was the other guy. Ric Flair was the man. In my world, Ric Flair is and was the greatest world champ ever. So I grew up watching a lot of Ric Flair, obviously The [Four] Horsemen. The Rock ‘n Roll Express, that duo made me fall in love with wrestling. I was tuning in to see the Rock ‘n Roll Express and from there, guys like Magnum TA, Dusty Rhodes, Nikita Koloff, later the Samoan SWAT team, the Steiners, the Skyscrapers, Barry Windham – all of those Crockett area guys.”

On being inspired by “The Icon” Sting:

“I’ve been a Sting fan for as long as I can remember. If you watch some of my earlier work, I am stealing his offense…like the splash, the chopping, the kicks, that is all Sting; I’m literally stealing his stuff.”

On meeting Sting:

“It was really short because it was actually at an event like this. He was signing in a private area, I was on the floor, and I just told the promoter, ‘I’ve never met Sting, and I want to meet him while I have the chance.’”

You can check out Benjamin’s comments in the video below.