There is speculation that Shelton Benjamin’s match with Chad Gable on tonight’s SmackDown Live may be pushed back to a later date or canceled altogether. With Benjamin living in the Houston area, he was not on the road with WWE when Hurricane Harvey hit the area.
Shelton posted the following on Twitter mentioning that the next few days will be a challenge:
To my fellow Houstonian. The next few days will be a challenge to say the least. Be smart Be safe & let's look out for one another.
— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) August 27, 2017
— Shelton J. Benjamin (@Sheltyb803) August 28, 2017
It is worth noting that WWE is still mentioning him involvement on tonight’s show on their WWE.com preview for tonight’s show.
“With Jason Jordan’s departure to Monday Night Raw, Chad Gable had been left wondering what was next for his burgeoning career. SmackDown LIVE General Manager Daniel Bryan had an answer for him, revealing that as part of the deal for Jordan, Raw GM Kurt Angle helped Bryan sign Shelton Benjamin to Team Blue. Furthermore, the former Intercontinental, United States and WWE Tag Team Champion was interested in teaming up with the Olympian.
Bryan arranged for the two to have their first match as a tag team tonight on SmackDown LIVE. How will the new pairing of Gable & Benjamin start off their tandem journey?”
Update: WWE posted footage of Shelton backstage at tonight’s SmackDown Live event. You can see it below:
— WWE (@WWE) August 29, 2017