3. Chris Benoit vs. Triple H vs. Shawn Michaels, WrestleMania XX
Location: New York City
Storyline: Michaels and HHH had fought over the belt for months and after their Last Man Standing match at the Royal Rumble ended in a draw, Michaels wanted to end the feud at WrestleMania. Benoit, the winner of the Rumble and thus, No. 1 contender, entered the fray and made it a three-way.
Winner: Chris Benoit, via Crippler Crossface on Triple H at 24:50
All Triple Threats wind up with segments of one-on-one action while the third wheel is off-screen recovering from a beating. The trick is making that segue as unforced as possible. Here, each one is smooth and, at times, spectacular such as when HHH and Michaels' suplex Benoit from one announce table through another. The action is intense and the finish—Benoit dispatches Michaels and then locks the Crippler Crossface onto HHH—is incredibly hot. After the match, Benoit's longtime friend Eddy Guerrero hugs his fellow champion. It's an incredible moment. Necessary postscript: Within two years, Guerrero was dead from heart failure. And in June 2007, Benoit murdered his wife and young son before killing himself.