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3We are continuing to pay tribute to all the amazing African Americans that have stepped foot into the squared circle for Black History Month. The man we are checking out today is none other than one of the most charismatic superstars and one half of the World’s Greatest Tag Team in Shelton Benjamin. We are going back to the May 2, 2005 episode of Monday Night Raw in Boston, MA where Shelton competed against WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels in a Gold Rush Tournament match which was a series of matches to determine a number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship. In the beginning stages of the match, Michaels made the mistake of trying to out wrestle a NJCAA collegiate Wrestling Champion and a former Golden Gopher in Benjamin. After a few locks and moves, Benjamin had Michaels frustrated. Despite trying to turn the match into a fight, Michaels was still knocked out of the ring for his efforts by Benjamin who at this point looked like he was going to continue having the upper hand on the Hearbreak Kid.

4When we came back from commercial break, it looked like Shawn was in firm control as he was attempting a superplex from the top rope, but when he tried to execute it Benjamin countered it by turning it into a crossbody. Benjamin then went on a rampage with some impressive moves like a Samoan drop and then an inverted backbreaker, but when he went to cover Michaels, it wasn’t enough as the Heartbreak Kid was not giving up that easily. It just seemed like Benjamin always had an answer for everything that Michaels had in the match. Here’s another example, Michaels has just nailed the big elbow so automatically you know what is coming next and that is Sweet Chin Music, but as soon as he tried for it, Benjamin blocks it and hits him with a kick of his own. Then it happened, the equivalent of the RKO outta nowhere and as you know it only takes one moment to change a match. Michaels countered a move from Benjamin and he threw him over the top rope. The only problem is that Benjamin caught himself and attempted a springboard maneuver off the top rope, but caught sweet chin music on the way down. That was all it took as Michaels pinned him for the 1-2-3. Despite the losing effort, Benjamin had nothing to be ashamed about when it came to this match because it’s still considered one of the great matches in RAW history.

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