WWE - The Ladder Match (2007) Review
(More customer reviews)It's amazing how a simple concept for a match (climb up a ladder & grab the belt) has spawn so many memorable moments in the history of professional wrestling and WWE picked out a wonderful collection of matches here to illistrate how the ladder match has spawn off so many memorable to classic moments in wrestling & was also the catalist for so many versions of this match including TLC, Stairway To Hell in ECW, and King Of The Mountain in TNA.
North American Champion Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter (Junkyard Dog) - This was joined in progress and it was using a one sided ladder with the referees holding it steady while the wrestlers climbed up. Nothing special past the historical factor.
Stampede Wrestling '79
Intercontinental Champion Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels - Eventhough many remember WrestleMania X to be the first Ladder Match, this was truely the first one. For this match being the first of it's kind in WWE at the time, it's really something to see with how the ladder was used at times along with the "X" factor of Sherri getting involved at times.
Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon - I'm glad they put this one on here instead of their WrestleMania X one since most people forgot about it. This match was completely different than their previous on in that they didn't use the ladder as a weapon while both men knew each other so well that they were able to avoid each other's signature moves throughout the match. This one won't disappoint and if you want an idea of how comical WWF was back in '95, watch the HBK intro when they have a guy trying to sell you his merchandise at ringside (ala Home Shopping Network).
Intercontinental Champion The Rock vs. Triple H - Eventhough Undertaker/Austin was the main event, this was the match that stole the show. HHH was selling a knee injury that he got earlier in the night while the Rock was just ruthless here with both Chyna & Mark Henry getting involved here. This was the highlight match of both men's career before they would go on to each win the World Title.
Edge & Christian vs. New Brood (Hardy Boyz) - This was the match that put both teams on the map that would eventually plant the seeds for the future series of ladder/TLC matches featuring various members. Since this was the first tag team ladder match, it was non-stop action & never a dull moment.
No Mercy '99
(Hardy Boys: Leap Of Faith, Edge: Decade Of Decadance)
TLC Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz - The first TLC match and this was the one that topped their WrestleMania match months earlier. Again, this is one of those matches that I can't describe in words that you just have to watch.
(Allied Powers: World's Greatest Tag Teams)
Shannon Moore & Shane Helms vs. Jamie Noble & Evan Karagis vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang - If you only know these guys from their runs in WWE then you don't know what your missing. This match was the match of the night at that PPV as it was the crusierweight division that was saving the WCW product at that time. It wasn't as crazy as the TLC matches in WWE but these guys put on one hell of a performance.
WCW Starrcade '00
Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho - They took from brutal bumps & the chairshot delievered when Benoit went though the ropes was "hardcore" to say the least & is a classic in quality.
Royal Rumble '01
TLC Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian - TLC II followed the same patterns as their pervious matches with the exception this time being the involvement of Lita, Rhyno, and Spike Dudley. This match has the highlight reel of Edge (off the top of the ladder) spearing Jeff Hardy (who was hanging from the belt hooks) all the way to the floor that WWE still uses in some promotional videos today.
(Hardy Boyz: Leap Of Faith)
TLC Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian - This match is known as the "forgotten TLC" for various reasons such as Edge not acknowling this match when he kept saying "I never lost a TLC match." Jericho & Benoit pulled off some spots not seen in the previous ones such as a headbutt off the top of a ladder though a table that led to his eventual neck surgery.
"SmackDown" May '01
Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Edge - With both men having so much experience in a ladder match with each other, this match certainly had it's moments when they went against each other. The ladder here was used as a weapon various times along with making a regular move more impactful. This had it's various moments like Christian getting crotched & later being snapped off the top rope onto the ladder, both falling off the ladder onto the floor, and Edge getting his reciepts on all the acts Christian did to him over the past two months.
No Mercy '01
Intercontinental Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam - This match had a style of both of them using the ladder to make their normal moves more high impactful with Eddie heavily dominating while constantly targeting RVD's face. These was very intense and was without a doubt one of the best matches on WWE TV for that year.
"RAW" May '02
(Eddie Guerrero: Cheating Death, Stealing Life)
WWE Undisputed Champion Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy - The story behind this match was Undertaker just delivering a beating to Jeff Hardy who just refused to quit & give up...to the point where Taker just had to do what he had to do after the match.
"RAW" July '02
TLC Match: World Tag Team Champion Kane vs. Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy vs. Bubba & Spike Dudley vs. Chris Jericho & Christian - They advertise Hurricane for this match but he wasn't in it. High spots all over the place along with high impact moves to the point to where Bubba Ray suffered such a concussion that he doesn't remember the match to this day.
"RAW" Oct. '02
(RAW: 10th Anniversary DVD)
Intercontinental Championship Match: Chris Jericho vs. Christian - These two were feuding with each other for months over Trish Stratus but after going through regular matches, handicap matches, and cage matches (where Christian injured his back & was out of action for months) they settled their score in a ladder match for the Intercontinental Championship after Edge had to forfit the title due to injury. This match was more about trying to tell a story throughout the match instead of doing a bunch of "highspots" & turned out to be a great match.
Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin Kane vs. Edge vs. Christian - I was here LIVE & to quote Joey Styles "OH MY GOD!" The showstealer here though was Shelton Benjamin as he looked like Spiderman with the majority of the moves he was pulling off involving the ladders. As a side note, watch Kane's intro because that was something to see with the ladders on fire.
Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero - It was a great ladder match eventhough the storyline got stupid with the whole "Dominic is my son" thing going on (well, it did result in the "I'm Your Papi" shirt so I guess it's not all bad). Lots of interference from Vicki Guerrero & Dominic himself but it didn't ruin the match itself.
Loser Leaves RAW Match: Matt Hardy vs. Edge - The final encounter between these two in this very personal feud against each other and as you expected, this was a fight with weapons like a table also getting involved here while Lita played a big role in this match from beginning to end. This doesn't live up to the previous ladder matches these two have had but it was still good. "RAW" Oct. '05
TLC Match: WWE Champion Edge vs. Ric Flair - At this stage in Flair's career, this was a completely new enviroment for him as this was his very first ladder match with his daughter at ringside. This match was more about "how can Flair take this punishment as his age" than anything else as Edge targeted Flair's head after he suffered the concussion the week before resulting in his entire face being the classic "crimson mask". Flair gave out the much punishment here as well as he recieved it & this was a very impressive performance from Ric Flair in this being his first time doing this type of match.
"RAW" Jan. '06
WWE Champion Edge vs. John Cena - Cena was of course booed out the building due to the fact they were in Edge's hometown but that's when Cena is at his best (remember One Night Stand). Again, both men brought their A game & resulted in a great main event with plenty of highlight moments including the final "F-U" to Edge towards the end.
(John Cena: My Life)
Intercontinental Champion Johnny Nitro vs. Jeff Hardy - This was the match for me that put Nitro on the map as a "superstar of the future" as he was able to hold his own & surpass the previous RAW ladder matches with the ladder match veteran in Jeff Hardy. This was just another match in their great series of matches but look out for the swanton on the ladder by Jeff Hardy.
"RAW" Nov. '06
WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor vs. MNM vs. The Hardys - We all know what the Hardys & MNM can do based on their past so mix that with the daredevil style London & Kendrick adapted along with the fact that Regal & Taylor didn't look out of place with their mat wrestling style as well. And watch out for that SICK spot where Joey Mercury's face gets crushed...Read more›
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