Chad Gable moved over to Monday Night Raw in this year’s Superstar Shakeup, leaving his old tag team partner Shelton Benjamin to remain on SmackDown Live as a singles wrestler. He got that run kicked off by turning heel on this week’s episode:
“Last night on Twitter, I said that Chad Gable was an inspirational partner and I see big things in his future. I would like to add that last night my Twitter account got hacked. I would never say anything like that. I no longer need Chad Gable. Correction -- I never needed Chad Gable; Chad Gable needed me. But enough about Chad, let’s talk about what I need. What I need is the respect that I deserve; what I need are the championship opportunities that I’m owed; what I need is to remind each and every one of you that I’m one of the biggest threats on SmackDown Live. So I had a little chat with Paige in the back and asked her to send me some competition and I mean big competition.”
He was immediately beaten by Jeff Hardy, who came over from Raw.
Not a great start for Benjamin!