Countdown to the Crowning 2005


1-2-3 Kid pinned Chris Benoît after a backslide in 0:26:55.

The Quebecers beat The Thrillseekers when Pierre pinned Storm with the Cannonball in 0:03:06.

Bam Bam Bigelow pinned Ted DiBiase after a slingshot splash in 0:08:47.

Ric Flair defeated Shawn Michaels when the referee stopped the match in 0:07:47.

Match Observations:

Just a few months after coming back to the WWF, it's Painsville for Chris Benoît
once again. He somehow managed to jam a vetebrae in his neck while doing his
Dragon Suplex finisher. While he managed to do one more move, a backslide, he
went out only a few moments later when the 1-2-3 Kid rammed his neck into the
canvas with a backslide of his own. Benoît wasn't even able to get back to his
feet after the match. We'll keep you up-to-date.

Could it be that Ric Flair's longtime manager, J.J. Dillon, bought Danny Davis
off ? First the questionable call of letting the first encounter between Flair
and Michaels continue past the time limit, and now he STOPPED the match, just
because he perceived Michaels to be unconscious (which he was, but that is past
the point). There should be a ruling by the WWF brass soon concerning Davis,
this is going too far.

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