On this day in Pro Wrestling history on March 14, 2004, WrestleMania 20 took place at the Madison Square Garden and had an attendance of 18,000. 12 matches took place on the show, which included 7 title matches.
After being written off WWE TV at Survivor Series 2003 after being buried alive, Kane was claiming that Taker was dead and buried forever.
However, Undertaker began haunting him with his mind games, and this started at Royal Rumble 2004, when Taker’s entrance music hit and Kane was shocked. Taker didn’t appear, but that was enough to cause the distraction and Kane was eliminated from the Rumble.
The Undertaker finally returned to WWE TV at WrestleMania XX as a hybrid version of his Deadman persona, and defeated Kane after delivering a Tombstone Piledriver.
You can watch The Undertaker’s return at WrestleMania 20 below:
This WrestleMania ended with one of the most emotional moments in WWE history.
Chris Benoit won the 2004 Royal Rumble match from the #1 entry and earned his right to headline WrestleMania. Benoit challenged Triple H for the World Heavyweight Title, and Shawn Michaels also managed to get in the match, thus making it a Triple Threat match.
In the WrestleMania 20 main event, Benoit made Triple H tap out to the Crippler Crossface and won the World Heavyweight Championship. This is considered one of the most emotional World Title victories of all time as Benoit’s 18 years of hardwork finally gave him his WrestleMania moment.
After the match was over, Benoit was shedding tears of joy, and Eddie Guerrero also entered the ring to congratulate his longtime friend and celebrated with him to end the show.
You can watch Benoit’s emotional celebration below:
Below are the results from the show:
– United States Championship Match: John Cena def. Big Show (c) to win the Title.
– Fatal 4 Way Match For The World Tag Team Championship: Booker T & Rob Van Dam (c) def. The Dudley Boyz, Mark Jindrak & Garrison Cade and La Résistance to retain the Titles.
– Christian def. Chris Jericho
– Handicap Match: Evolution (Ric Flair, Batista & Randy Orton) def. The Rock ‘n’ Sock Connection (The Rock & Mick Foley)
– Playboy Evening Gown Match: Sable & Torrie Wilson def. Stacy Keibler & Miss Jackie
– Cruiserweight Open For The WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Chavo Guerrero (c) def. Rey Mysterio, Shannon Moore, Tajiri, Último Dragón, Billy Kidman, Funaki, Jamie Noble, Nunzio & Akio to retain the Title.
– Singles Match With Stone Cold Steve Austin As Special Guest Referee: Goldberg def. Brock Lesnar
– Fatal 4 Way For The WWE Tag Team Championship: Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hotty (c) def. APA, The Basham Brothers & The World’s Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin) to retain the Titles.
– Hair vs. Title Match For The WWE Women’s Championship: Victoria (c) def. Molly Holly to retain the Title.
– WWE Championship Match: Eddie Guerrero (c) def. Kurt Angle to retain the Title.
– The Undertaker def. Kane
– Triple Threat Match For The World Heavyweight Championship: Chris Benoit (c) def. Triple H (c) & Shawn Michaels to win the Title.