Shelton Benjamin won't be returning to the WWE as planned. At least not right now.
The former United States, Intercontinental and Tag Team champion took to Twitter early Sunday to announce that the WWE medical team discovered a shoulder injury that will keep him from returning to the company. Benjamin noted that he'd been in pain, but didn't know how bad the injury actually was.
"I am both disappointed & sadden to announce that due to a serious injury to my shoulder I will not be returning to WWE at this time. For now I will have to put pro-wrestling to the side as I prepare to undergo surgery to repair my torn rotator (cuff). This comes as a shock to me as i am no stranger to performing while in pain yet I had no idea of the severity of my condition. Thank you WWE for helping me discover this situation & for giving me an opportunity to return. I will be back. For now I must refocus my energy on repairing my body and mind," said Benjamin.
WWE had been airing vignettes for the return of Benjamin, who was released by the company in 2010. Since leaving,, Benjamin has competed for Ring of Honor, New Japan Pro Wrestling, Pro Wrestling NOAH and much more.
Rhyno and Jinder Mahal both also returned to the WWE recently, with Curt Hawkins on his way back in as well. Names such as Carlito, Tommy Dreamer and MVP were also contacted about coming back.