Shelton Benjamin appeared on "Out of Character with Ryan Satin" to talk about working with "Mama Benjamin," as well as his friendship with Shad Gaspard and his son.
Shelton Benjamin talking about his skits in WWE with Mama Benjamin:
“The Mama Benjamin stuff gets such a bad rap," Benjamin said. "What people don’t realize is I was having the time of my life."
"We were doing these funny skits every week. We were working with Mr. McMahon all the time. I remember the one skit where she walked in on him with his pants down. It’s hard to contain my laughter just thinking back on those times because it was so much fun, and it was so silly.”
“I was playing a mama’s boy. My mom, well, Thea Vidale, did a tremendous job of playing Mama. She was a scene stealer," he continued.
"To me, it was a lot of fun. From start to finish, it was only 8 weeks. I don’t remember exactly what happened. I know she had a few legit health issues that were a concern, and there’s other stuff that I’ve heard that at the time, I was completely unaware of, but we won’t get into that. But she did a tremendous job, and at the time I needed something."
"I definitely needed something, and for people to say, ‘Oh, he’ll never recover from that’, no, I had so much fun and it’s memorable. When you’re a pro wrestler, you want to do things that are memorable. I don’t want to just be on the roster and have a nice long career. I don’t care, good, bad, or negative, when people are talking about you in our world, there are no negatives. As long as people remember it, all I remember is having a good time with it. Playing that character was pretty easy thanks to Thea.”
Benjamin on his friendship with Shad Gaspard and his son:
“When you get in this business, it’s really hard to find friends. You make a lot of acquaintances. You meet a lot of people, but you don’t meet a lot of friends. Shad is one of the people I consider a brother from the time he got here," Benjamin shared.
“We became so close. I was with him when he became a dad. When he passed away, for me, it was losing a family member. Just like any other family, I look out for his family, his son, his widow."
"I stay in very close contact with them. If they need anything, if I have it, they have it. It was such a crushing blow to everybody when he left, so the least I can do for my friend, for my brother is try to keep as close an eye as I can on his son, because now you have a child growing up without a dad. I grew up without a father, so I understand the importance of having that."
"To have that and to lose that so suddenly and so tragically, that kid has a lot of challenges, so I want to at least be around to try to help him. It’s not just me. We have a whole network of really close friends, myself, MVP, Mark Henry, and I hope I’m not missing anybody. We’re close friends, and I would hope if anything happened to me, someone would step up for my family as well.”
Other topics covered during the podcast include his amateur wrestling career, The Hurt Business, and his personal relationship with Brock Lesnar.