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Angle vs Benoit today in wrestling history

15 years ago today, WWF presented BACKLASH from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois. 15,592 were in attendance, with 375,000 homes watching on PPV. Impressive number? Yes, but it’s a huge dropoff  from Backlash 2000 which got 675,000 home buys.

During The Show:

Chris Benoit vs. Kurt Angle Ultimate Submission Match Kurt Angle came down to the ring first and ripped on Chicago and the fans as he usually does. After his speech, Benoit’s music hit and he walked down to the ring. They announced that there would be a 30-second rest period in between each decision. They locked right up and Benoit backed Angle into the corner and the ref split them up. Angle executed a single-leg takedown on Benoit and then both wrestled up to their feet and paced around each other once again. Angle got another single-leg takedown and wrestled to a vertical base once again. Angle got another takedown and then Benoit reversed and locked in Angle. Benoit managed to get Angle in the Crippler Crossface, but Angle was in the ropes and he was forced to let go. Angle rolled out of the ring and Benoit was held back by the referee. Angle got a huge waist takedown and then got up and took down Benoit again. Benoit nearly got him in the Crossface again. They got to vertical base again and then locked up another time. Angle got Benoit in a waist lock, but Benoit reversed it and slammed him out of the waistlock. They went to the outside and Benoit got him in the waistlock again and locked in the Crippler Crossface. Angle tapped, but it did not count since it was on the outside. Benoit got back in the ring and waited for Angle. Angle was holding his shoulder and looked to be hurting. Angle ran at Benoit and got him in a leglock and turned it into a submission leglock and Benoit quickly tapped out and they went into their rest period. Angle started kicked the knees of Benoit and then chop blocked him to the mat. He repeatedly hit the chop blocks on Benoit and on his third attempt, he got locked in a submission hold. Angle almost broke free, but Benoit locked him in an arm lock and Angle tapped. With around 21-minutes left in the match, the score is tied 1-1.

Benoit tried to get Angle in the arm breaker once again, but Angle reached the ropes and got free. Benoit hit a shoulder breaker on Angle and then whipped him chest-first into the corner. Angle was lying on the ropes and Benoit tried to pull him away. Benoit backed off and then came back and Angle reached down and swung a chair back and nailed Benoit. Angle got Benoit in an ankle lock and he tapped out to put Angle ahead 2-1. Angle came right over and got Benoit in his own hold, the Crippler Crossface and Benoit tapped out. This put Angle in the lead with a score of 3-1. Benoit got up and Angle tackled him into the ropes. Angle laid Benoit across the ring apron and nailed him with elbows from the outside. Angle back suplexed Benoit and went for the Ankle lock, but Benoit reached the ropes. Benoit rolled out of the ring and Angle slammed him into the announcers’ table. Angle rolled Benoit back into the ring and whipped him into the ropes. Benoit held on and then elevated Angle over the top rope, onto the outside. Angle was slammed into the ringpost and then Benoit followed up with knife-edge chops and a shot to Angle’s shoulder. Angle reversed a whip from Benoit and sent him into the steel ring steps. Angle locked Benoit in the Ankle lock on the outside and the ref finally made him break the hold. Angle picked up Benoit and rolled him back into the ring. Benoit was holding his knee and Angle went for the arm-breaker again. He could not get the elbow hyper-extended and Benoit finally got to the ropes and was let free. Angle then got Benoit in the abdominal stretch in the middle of the ring, but Benoit did not tap. Benoit broke free and got behind Angle. He whipped him over and tried to get him in the arm-breaker, but Angle used the ropes and got out.

Benoit took down Angle and got him in the Sharpshooter. Angle did not submit. Angle picked up Benoit for a suplex and Benoit rolled through and got Angle in a leg lock. Angle tapped out and this made the score 3-2, with Angle still in the lead. At this point, there was still 11-minutes left in the match. Angle rolled out of the ring and paced around the ring to gain some energy. Benoit followed him out and slammed him into the ring steps. Benoit got in the ring and Angle started kicking him down. Angle threw Benoit to the outside after a rake to the eyes and attacked him when he tried to get back in the ring. Benoit finally got back in the ring and Angle suplexed him to the mat. Angle backed Benoit into the corner and whipped him to the opposite side. Angle got Benoit in the drop toehold and went for another Ankle lock, but Benoit was close to the ropes and got free. Angle tossed Benoit out of the ring. He followed him out and slammed him into the security rail.

Angle then got back in the ring and waited for Benoit to get back to his feet and into the ring. Benoit got back in the ring and Angle tried to kick him in the gut, but Benoit hit a leg-lace takedown and then went for a dropkick, but he missed and fell to the mat on his back. Angle got Benoit in another leg submission hold and Benoit could do nothing but throw elbows into the side of Kurt Angle. The ref lifted the arm of Benoit twice and it did not fall the third time. Benoit tried to sit out, but could not get up. Angle then moved into a reverse chinlock and Benoit finally got to his feet. Benoit broke the hold with a jawbreaker and both men got up slowly. Benoit ran at Angle and was kicked right down and then Angle followed up with kicks to the mid-section. Angle belly-to-belly suplexed Benoit and then picked him right up off the mat. Benoit reversed a whip by Angle and threw him into the corner and finally gained an offense.

Angle and Benoit switched the momentum of the match several times and Benoit finally got Angle in an Ankle lock. Angle tapped out and the score was tied at 3. Angle was laying near the ropes as Benoit kicked away at him. Angle nailed Benoit with a low blow when he got the advantage and he got Benoit in the Ankle lock with 30-seconds left. Benoit got free and Angle suplexed him and got him in the Ankle lock again. The time expired and Benoit tapped out after the bell sounded. Angle walked out and thought he had won the match. The referee demanded that the match continues into Sudden Death and the next submission would crown a winner in the match. Angle ran back to the ring and started kicking away at Benoit and then suplexed him to the mat hard. Benoit was fighting to his feet as an usual “Angle Sucks” chant started. Angle tried to get Benoit in the abdominal stretch from the mat, but Benoit took shots at Angle faces and then locked in the Crippler Crossface. Angle wasn’t far from the ropes, but he could not reach them and was forced to tap out. Chris Benoit got his 4 fall and won the match 4-3.