10 Amazing WWE Breakout Performances

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9. Shelton Benjamin (Money In The Bank Ladder Match) - WrestleMania 21

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After about eighteen months tagging with Charlie Haas in Team Angle/The World's Greatest Tag Team, Shelton Benjamin was traded from SmackDown to Raw in the 2004 draft and instantly given a push that saw him get victories over Triple H, Ric Flair and other high-profile talents. 

Injuries slowed his progress a little before he won his first Intercontinental Title from Chris Jericho at the first Taboo Tuesday pay-per-view, and he then settled into the role of confident midcarder who would give you a decent match. 

Which is a nice spot to have, but Shelton still hadn't had that one over-the-top performance (despite putting on many very good ones). 

That changed at WrestleMania 21 when he stole the show with his showing in the first-ever Money in the Bank Ladder Match. 

Seizing the spotlight, Shelton wowed everyone watching with his incredible athleticism, busting out breathtaking moves and spots that nobody had ever seen before, like running up the ladder bridge to take Y2J out with a diving clothesline. 

When you consider the rest of the field included not only Jericho, but also Edge, Christian, Chris Benoit and Kane, it's some accomplishment that after the match everyone was talking about Benjamin. 

Following WrestleMania, Shelton would continue his run as IC Champion and, over the course of the next couple of years, looked a much more confident performer, especially when he turned heel. 

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