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Triple H Vs. Shawn Michaels Vs. Chris Benoit
[March 14th, 2004]

Earlier this week marked the 12 year anniversary of one of my all-time favorite matches. Triple H defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against his former best friend, Shawn Michaels, and the 2004 Royal Rumble winner, Chris Benoit, in the main event of WrestleMania XX. In a rare moment (at the time), Michaels and Triple H rekindled their D-Generation X partnership to make an attempt to take out Benoit by smashing him through the Spanish announcers’ table.

This would prove to be effective, at first. That is until the “Rabid Wolverine” would make it back to his feet, and ultimately lock the Crippler Crossface onto “The Game” to secure the victory. This would be the first (and sadly, last) time that Benoit held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship! What made the deal that much better for Benoit was that at the time, his best friend Eddie Guerrero was the WWE Champion.