Number 21: Shawn Michaels defeated Shelton Benjamin May 2, 2005
For the first time in his career, Shelton Benjamin went toe-to-toe with future WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels in what turned out to be a sensational, physically exhausting battle. The Heartbreak Kid quickly tried to use his technical skill to gain an edge, but it was clear from the onset that Shelton would not be outwrestled, as he used his awesome athleticism to frustrate Michaels. Even when HBK did his signature kip-up during the match, "The Gold Standard" responded with one of his own, which led right into a great set of reversals and near-pinfalls.
Shortly after Shelton thwarted Michaels' first attempt at Sweet Chin Music, he unleashed a dazzling springboard crossbody that caught HBK by surprise, but it wasn't enough to notch a victory. As Shelton leapt off the ropes for a second dynamic springboard maneuver, no one in the WWE Universe could fathom what happened next. In a jaw-dropping finish, Benjamin catapulted himself across the ring, but The Showstopper drilled him in mid-air with Sweet Chin Music, knocking him out cold with the tremendous blow.
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