Since his release from WWE back in September 2023, Shelton Benjamin has not signed a contract with any promotion in the wrestling industry. While the veteran has not made a return to the squared circle for the past 6 months, numerous promotions might want to add a mind and star like him on their roster. 

In a recent interview on The Black Rasslin’ Podcast, Benjamin addressed his future in the industry recalling his roots back in Japan. The 48-year-old revealed that he enjoyed his time in NJPW and his love for the country could get him back to the promotion. 

“I can definitely say I found my love for wrestling again, for the wrestling business, for the locker room — Japan, I fell in love with the country. I worked with them for 4 years. I pretty much spent half the year in Japan for 4 years. I fell in love with everything about the country and I fell in love with New Japan Wrestling and Noah.

Again, I had no designs of ever working there but once I got there, I fell in love with the place. Japan is definitely somewhere before I hang it up, I would definitely want to go back [and] spend a little time there and just enjoy myself.”


Shelton hint at joining NJPW in the near future could add a lot of interesting opportunities for the 48-year-old as well as the promotion. Having a decent age to be an active star, Benjamin would like to wrap things up in the squared circle in the next couple of years. A small stint in NJPW could also be followed by Benjamin joining the promotion as a trainer or as a genius in the creative team. 

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Ishaan Rathi

Ishaan has been a follower of wrestling for more than a decade now. His passion to learn new things and enhance his skills has helped him get experience as a writer at websites like GiveMeSport and Fansided. He has also held content manager and editorial roles in FirstSportz before. Apart from wrestling, Ishaan seeks to take time and watch movies and TV shows.

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