Number 32: Shelton Benjamin defeated Triple H March 29, 2004
The upset of 2004 took place just three months into the year. One week after WrestleMania XX, the WWE Draft Lottery shook up the Raw and SmackDown rosters, giving Superstars a chance at a fresh start. No one took better advantage of that opportunity than Shelton Benjamin. The Draft split him up from his partner in The World’s Greatest Tag Team, Charlie Haas, forcing the young Superstar to go it on his own for the first time. After being pushed around by Triple H and Evolution earlier in the night, Benjamin was granted a match against The Game in the main event.
In his first match on Raw, Benjamin used his mat wrestling skills to get an early advantage against The Cerebral Assassin. Ric Flair soon came out to stop Benjamin’s offense. That proved to be Triple H’s downfall, as a distraction from Flair allowed Benjamin to deliver a big splash in the corner and roll The Game up for the surprise pin. Shelton’s shocking victory sent the WWE Universe into a frenzy, signaling the arrival of a new Superstar