breaking news

Lava spatter hits Hawaii man and shatters his leg in first known injury from Kilauea volcano

WWE star blasts rental car company after he finds loaded gun in glove compartment


Shelton Benjamin, the star on World Wrestling Entertainment’s Smakdown Live program, is often marketed as the world’s greatest tag team wrestler, but thanks to Budget Rental Car he may now be the angriest.

Benjamin tweeted a photo of a small Ruger semi-automatic pistol with a laser red-dot scope mounted to it, along with a clip inside a gun pouch. Benjamin had been driving the car for four days and didn’t know the gun was in his car before he discovered it in the glove box.

“Thank you Budget for your great service of putting my reputation, freedom and quite possibly my life in jeopardy,” Benjamin said in his tweet. “I’ve been unknowingly driving your car around the last four days with a ... loaded gun in the glove compartment!” 

The gun appeared to be a Ruger LCP .380 caliber pistol. There’s also a clip visible in the photo, but the angle of the photo doesn’t show if there’s another one loaded into the grip of the pistol.

Benjamin was a distinguished amateur wrestler at the University of Minnesota, where he also coached shortly after his senior year. He was teammates with future WWE champ and UFC champ Brock Lesnar. The two broke into WWE’s developmental promotion OVW as a tag team.

Benjamin would later team with Charlie Haas when he made his WWE debut in 2002 and worked with former Olympic gold medalist Kurt Angle. 

Benjamin was a two-time NCAA All-American. He’s won multiple singles and tag team titles in WWE as well as Ring of Honor. He’s currently in a tag team with another former amateur champion, Chad Gable. 


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Alabama-Texas football series: One team has dominated since 1902
Alabama-Texas football series: One team has dominated since 1902

Alabama and Texas first squared off on the gridiron 116 years ago. The Longhorns prevailed 10-0, and won or tied a total of eight consecutive games against the Crimson Tide until Nick Saban led ‘Bama to a National Championship Game victory in January 2010. This week, the schools announced they have revived...
Cincinnati Reds: DeSclafani close to making his return to rotation
Cincinnati Reds: DeSclafani close to making his return to rotation

As the date when Anthony DeSclafani can be activated from the 60-day disabled list approaches, thoughts among many – including Reds fans – are turning to whom he might replace in the Cincinnati starting rotation. The 28-year-old right-hander, who’s been sidelined all season with a left oblique strain he sustained in spring training...
Report: Details revealed from Johnny Manziel’s surprisingly large CFL contract
Report: Details revealed from Johnny Manziel’s surprisingly large CFL contract

Johnny Manziel officially announced he will sign with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats this weekend, and now we know what kind of money he’ll be making north of the border. According to Jason La Canfora, Manziel’s base salary will be $122,000 with plenty of incentives in there as well: That may not seem like a lot of money...
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa explains ‘transfer’ comments
Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa explains ‘transfer’ comments

Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa explained his recent comments in which he revealed that he “would transfer out” had he not played in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. “I kind of got the wrong end when I seen it on ESPN,” Tagovailoa told Simone Eli of CBS 42 in Birmingham. &ldquo...
Saquon Barkley shows off arm at 2018 NFL Rookie Premiere
Saquon Barkley shows off arm at 2018 NFL Rookie Premiere

More Stories