• Shelton Benjamin Explains Why He Dedicated His RAW Tag Team Title Win To Shad Gaspard
At TLC 2020 pay-per-view this past Sunday, The Hurt Business ensured that they end 2020 on a high note as they brought more gold to their stable.
The team of Cedric Alexander and Shelton Benjamin defeated Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods of The New Day to win the RAW Tag Team Championship.
During the ending moments of the match, Shelton was about to pin Kofi, but Cedric tagged himself in, hit his finisher on Kofi and then pinned him to pick up the win for his team.
The entire Hurt Business, along with United States Champion Bobby Lashley, celebrated on the stage after the RAW Tag Team Title win.
Shelton revealed on Instagram that he dedicated this victory to his late friend, former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard (who passed away earlier this year after saving his son).
Here’s what Shelton posted:
“This ones for you Shad.”
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During an interview with WWE, Shelton talked about dedicating his win to Shad, their friendship and more.
Below are the highlights:
On why he dedicated his RAW Tag Team Title win to Shad Gaspard:
“Knowing that I had gone in there and dedicated this moment to Shad, when I attended his funeral I made a promise to myself that if I won a title, especially a tag team championship, because I know Shad and JTG worked hard even though they never actually got a chance to wear a title, I made a point then that no matter what title it was going to be, it was going to be dedicated to Shad.
So, I wear this title, I won this title and there’s no question, which I had never dedicated a title win to anybody, and I think this was so significant, so important, just for him and for his son. Part of the reason I wanted his son to know, just how great a guy that his dad was, just what a big influence and what a big impact he had on myself, and the world.”
On what Shad would say to him if he was alive:
“He’d probably be cracking jokes. He’d probably be like, ‘You don’t need that, you don’t need that, this is a young man’s game, you need to give me that title.’ Just something funny like that, something to crack me up.
If Shad was here, I mean first of all he would’ve been the first person to congratulate me. He would’ve been at the bar trying to keep me up all night, just to have fun. I’d probably be a lot sleepier than I am right now, but he would’ve been there to uplift me, there’s no doubt in that.”
On Shad Gaspard’s legacy:
“Shad’s legacy as a person, first and foremost, a hero. He left this world doing something that I think every man, every parent, every, pretty much decent human being would do for a child, much less their own child. So, his legacy, I think he’s a hero dad, first and foremost. I like to think of him as a hero.”
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• Old School WCW Veteran Celebrates His Birthday
Old School WCW Veteran Jamie Knoble (Real name: James Gibson) celebrates his 44th birthday today.
Jamie performed in World Championship Wrestling’s famous Cruiserweight Division, first in 1999 as Jamie Howard, but by early 2000 as the masked “Jamie-San”, a member of The Jung Dragons.
By late 2000, he left the faction and wrestled as Jamie Knoble, until the promotion was sold to Vince McMahon in March 2001.
The WWF signed him right away, but sent him to their developmental wrestling companies, before the now renamed WWE had him debut on their SmackDown roster in June 2002.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMIE KNOBLE!