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Shelton Benjamin cleared to return to action

Shelton Benjamin announced on Twitter Thursday that he has been cleared to return to the ring following a torn rotator cuff injury.

Benjamin, 41, was set to return to WWE on the SmackDown brand this past August with vignettes airing early after the formation of the latest brand split. However, he discovered the damage to his rotator cuff shortly before debuting and underwent surgery soon after, announcing it on Twitter.

It is currently unclear if plans are for Benjamin to return to the SmackDown brand or even WWE in general. As Dave Meltzer noted back in September, he was set to return to the company after being cleared from injury.

As of December, Benjamin said he had dates open for appearances, autograph sessions, and wrestling seminars.

Since being released from WWE in 2010, Benjamin had most notably been a part of the Suzuki-gun stable in New Japan Pro Wrestling, and later Pro Wrestling NOAH.