“One of the Best Locker Rooms” – WWE Veteran Shelton Benjamin Puts The SmackDown Locker Room Over RAW

Published 06/11/2021, 1:00 PM EDT


WWE promotes RAW and SmackDown as being complementary to the other. But in reality, the two brands are very contrasting. Recently, industry veteran Shelton Benjamin weighed in on the difference and similarity between the two brands.

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Benjamin has a career spanning two decades. He has held the Intercontinental Championship, United States Championship, Tag Team titles, and 24/7 titles. His recent run is his second run with the company.

Benjamin was the latest guest on D-Von Dudley’s Table Talk podcast. Both of them started talking about the difference in brands they witnessed throughout their careers.

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The former US Champion seemed to prefer the Blue Brand, despite not being there in over three years. According to him, SmackDown changed a lot after being on FOX Network.

“I haven’t had a chance to be a part of SmackDown in a while and I know a lot of things, a lot of dynamics changed especially with us on FOX and everything,” he said. “Back in the 2000s, SmackDown was definitely more fun, more laid back. Raw was their flagship, more, I guess high pressure but also I feel like a lot of that had to do with personnel.”

But in SmackDown, Benjamin noted that everyone was very helpful, “from top guys to bottom guys.” Benjamin did not want to talk about certain backstage situations that came into the brand’s boundaries.

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Shelton Benjamin reveals the difference between SmackDown in the 2000s and now

In 2002, Benjamin debuted on SmackDown during his first run and quickly became one of their top performers. He won his first championship there as well.

In 2010, Benjamin left WWE and competed in indie promotions all over the world. He came back to WWE in 2017 under the Blue Brand’s banner again.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – JUNE 15: Shelton Benjamin puts CM Punk into a headlock during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008, in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Gaye Gerard/Getty Images)

While he left the brand for RAW in early 2018, Benjamin noted some attributes of SmackDown. “I will say while I was there on SmackDown, since 2017, I thought it was one of the most unified crews ever.” he said.

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“Everyone seemed to be super cool with each other. Everyone was, you know — it was one of the best locker rooms I had ever been in,” Benjamin concluded.

He was a crucial part of the Hurt Business and won the RAW Tag Team champion with Cedric Alexander before both of them were kicked out of the group. As of now, both of them are fighting each other on RAW.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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