JBL def. Chris Benoit (new United States Champion)

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April 02, 2005

He's a self-proclaimed "Wrestling God." After Sunday's innovative-yet-controversial pin of Chris Benoit, he can also be called the United States Champion.

Chris Benoit battled hard against JBL, hitting German suplexes, Three Amigos and a diving headbutt at various times. And when he avoided the Clothesline from Hell and locked in the Crossface, it seemed a victory was only a tap away. But JBL rolled Benoit over into a pinning predicament, then applied crucial, additional leverage by grabbing hold of the ring ropes out of the referee's view. Benoit had no way to kick out, and when the referee counted three, a shocked Benoit lost the United States Championship.

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