Shawn Michaels credits Shelton Benjamin for the highlight.
Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Shawn Michaels has had many highlight reel moments throughout his storied career in the wrestling business. Michaels has had marquee matches with The Undertaker, Triple H, competed in numerous gimmick and stipulated matches and is known to deliver his "Sweet Chin Music" out of nowhere. One of those highlight reel moments occurred in May of 2005 when Michaels took on then-WWE Intercontinental Champion Shelton Benjamin in the Gold Rush tournament to crown a new World Heavyweight Champion.
The conclusion of Michaels and Benjamin's match saw Benjamin attempt to springboard from one side of the ring onto Michaels but as he was in mid-air, HBK connected with a "Sweet Chin Music" that surprised the fans in attendance and WWE Hall Of Famers Jerry Lawler and Jim Ross who were on commentary. Michaels recounted that moment while being interviewed by 'Comicbook.com' and described it as a "lighting in the bottle" moment and added that he is the guy that got to win the match, but thanked Shelton Benjamin for doing the majority of the work in that particular moment.
"It's one of those ones that it's lightning in a bottle, that's the timing and everything else is just so perfect," Michaels said. "Because again, you can do that same thing but if the timing isn't perfect, it doesn't quite stand the test of time like that one does. That's one of those moments where everything comes together, and it certainly does not hurt that you have got unbelievably stellar athletes like Shelton doing all of the heavy lifting in that type of stuff. I'm the guy that got to win, but I will always argue that he is the guy that did the majority of the work in that particular instance," he continued. "I have to thank him for that."
Shawn Michaels entered the WWE Hall Of Fame for a second-time last weekend as a part of D-Generation X and to get a recap of the ceremony, head over to WWE's YouTube channel.