posted on Mar, 15 2004 @ 04:49 PM
The motto for WrestleMania XX was that the event was where it all begins again. For Chris Benoit, he will always remember March 14, 2004 as the night
were it simply all begins. He entered Madison Square Garden on Sunday as one of the greatest Superstars to ever enter the ring without holding the
World Heavyweight Championship. By evening’s end, his journey was over and Benoit walked out of WrestleMania as the World Heavyweight Champion after
a thrilling victory over Triple H and Shawn Michaels in the first-ever Triple Threat Match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Fittingly, Benoit
left no doubts as to who the best man in the ring was his victory was sealed by forcing Triple H to tap out to the Crippler Crossface.
In a moment of powerful poetic justice, the first to congratulate Benoit was longtime-friend, Eddie Guerrero who successfully defended the WWE
Championship against Kurt Angle. Benoit and Guerrero in many ways shared the same journey with more than a decade of battling to make it to the top.
The evening ended with both Champions side by side in the middle of the ring a moment that should rest forever in the annals of WrestleMania
While it was Chris Benoit’s night, there will be plenty who will never forget WrestleMania XX particularly John Cena. Cena defeated the Big Show to
capture his first Championship the United States Championship. Cena said he would pull out all of the stops to defeat the Big Show, and he did just
that as it took a punch with his brass knuckles and a second FU in a row for Cena to score the win.
WrestleMania XX featured what could be remembered as several of the most dramatic moments in the history of this great event. As promised, the dead
did rise again when the Undertaker made his return to World Wrestling Entertainment action to avenge his brother, Kane. Despite missing in-ring action
for four months, it appeared as if the Dead Man did not skip a beat. After being led to the ring by Paul Bearer, Undertaker proceeded to gain the very
measure of revenge he sought by falling Kane with a Tombstone Piledriver to improve his amazing WrestleMania career record to an unbelievable 12-0.
Speaking of drama, the much-anticipated match between Brock Lesnar and Goldberg was won convincingly by Goldberg, but he only won the battle Stone
Cold Steve Austin won the war! Austin called the match right down the middle as promised, but he also lived up to another promise when he exacted
revenge on both men. First, Austin gave Lesnar a Stone Cold Stunner after Lesnar tried to disrespect both the Madison Square Garden crown and Austin
himself. Soon afterwards, while Austin and Goldberg enjoyed a beer bash, Austin gave Goldberg a Stunner as well. Weeks after falling victim to a Spear
and an F-5, it appears as if Austin picked the biggest possible stage to get the last laugh.
Also, Trish Stratus was responsible for one of the most shocking moment of the evening when she threw a twist into the love triangle between herself,
Christian and Chris Jericho. After running to the ring to seemingly defend Jericho, but causing a distraction that led to Jericho’s defeat, Stratus
stunned the Madison Square Garden crowd by revealing her affections for the very man who tried to injure her on RAW weeks ago. It appears as if
Stratus and Christian are now an item as the two stood over Jericho after Christian knocked him out and then enjoyed a kiss, much to Jericho ’s
With all of the drama and intensity, WrestleMania XX will perhaps be remembered as the night of Benoit as the new World Heavyweight Champion begins a
new era standing on top of the mountain. However, Benoit’s defense will begin in a hurry as RAW stays in the New York City area and will take place
at the Continental Airlines Arena less than 24 hours after his victory. What will Benoit have to say? Will anybody step up to challenge the newly
crowned Champion? What will be the other fallout from WrestleMania? Only one way to find out watch RAW at 9/8 CT on Spike TV!
John Cena defeated the Big Show to win the United States Championship
Booker T & RVD defeated the Dudley Boyz, La Resistance and Mark Jindrak & Garrison Cade to retain the World Tag Team Championship
Christian defeated Chris Jericho
Evolution defeated the Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection
Torrie Wilson & Sable defeated Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie
Chavo Guerrero won the Cruiserweight Open to retain the Cruiserweight Championship
Goldberg defeated Brock Lesnar
Scotty 2 Hotty & Rikishi defeated the Basham Brothers, APA, and the Self-Proclaimed World’s Greatest Tag Team to retain the WWE Tag Team
Victoria defeated Molly Holly to retain the Women’s Championship
Eddie Guerrero defeated Kurt Angle to retain the WWE Championship
Undertaker defeated Kane
Chris Benoit defeated Triple H and Shawn Michaels to win the World Heavyweight Championship