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|WWE - The Ladder Match|
Actors: Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, Edge, Christian
Genres: Television, Sports
Follow the evolution of the ladder match and how it has come to be one of the most popular professional wrestling events today. From the earliest ladder matches through TLC and the 6-man Money in the Bank WrestleMania tra... more »
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Reviewed on 12/19/2007...
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One Of The Most Innovative Matches Of All Time
D.P. | California | 05/10/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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.
WWE didn't drop the ball like they did with the "History Of WWE Championship" set & picked out a bunch of matches available on multiple DVD sets (without counting the monthly PPV DVDs) so you know you'll be getting more than your money's worth & they do acknowledge the history of ladder matches before WrestleMania X (which they've said was the first ladder match). The only ladder match I've seen that I wish was on here was the Judgment Day 2003 match between Hass & Benjamin vs. Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri but you can't win them all. I highly recommend this."
Just a great set....
Jonnathan Ritland | Marysville, WA | 12/07/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Really sucks that Todd Grisham hosts this great DVD package as he just isn't very good, to say it nicely. His humor falls flat and his timing seems off, which could also be the fault of the writers for the DVD.
-For fans who were hoping to see the Michaels v. Razor Wrestlemania X match will only get about a minute or so of clips, same goes for the Wrestlemania 16 Triangle Ladder Match between The Hardyz/Dudleyz/Edge & Christian, sucks about those two though. There are interviews done with Shawn Michaels, Jeff Hardy, Edge, Gregory Helms, Chris Benoit, Kane, Shelton Benjamin, Ric Flair, Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury.
-Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter (JYD) from Stampede Wrestling '79 for the North American Heavyweight Title: A bit of a shock here to say the least, not a very good one though. It's joined in progress about 5 mins. there's not very much action and what little is there is really dull. It's over shortly after that, with JYD winning the title. Like others have said watch once and forget it's one here.
-Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart '92: From a house show in Portland, Maine for the Intercontinental Title. The very first WWF ladder match is a good technical bout, with very few uses of the ladder. Bret goes shoulder first into the ladder, Shawn gets slingshotted into the ladder in the corner. The finish comes when Bret dropkicks Shawn off of the ladder over the top rope and out of the ring, Bret then climbs the ladder and grabs the belt to retain the title in about 14.5 minutes. 7/10.
-Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon: Once again not their Wrestlemania X match, but the Summerslam '95 rematch. Both wrestlers put on a great show with lots of good spots throughout including Shawn taking a vicious hit when Razor suplexes him to the outside and Shawn's ankle hits the guard rail. Also the ladder gets pushed and Shawn falls and honestly looks like he blew out his knee. But even after that there's about 10 more minutes of great back and forth action and the finish sees Shawn counter the Razor's Edge, sending Razor to the outside, Shawn tries to grab the belt but slips and sets the ladder back up and grabs the belt to win in exactly 25 minutes. 10/10.
-Rock vs. HHH-Summerslam '98 for the I.C. Title: Begins with the DX band playing Triple H along with Chyna to the ring and The Rock comes out with Mark Henry at his side. Some good spots include Rock continous working over of Hunter's knee, with a chair shot while Hunter's knee was wedged between a ladder. Also some great chair shots from Hunter to Rock, while Rock is under a ladder. The match itself is good, just not great but it does tell a good story of Triple H overcoming a heel Rock to end the Great One's title reign of almost 8 months. The finish comes when Chyna low blows the Rock and he falls off the ladder, which allows Triple H to climb the ladder and grab the belt for the win in about 26 minutes. 8/10.
-New Brood (The Hardy Boyz) vs. Edge & Christian-No Mercy 99: The finals of the Terri Invitational Tournament, figure out the double meaning with that one. Starts out a bit slow, which is to be expected. Both teams use the ladders in many different ways. The crowd was way into the match especially after Christian ran up a ladder and hit a dropkick on Jeff while he was in the corner. It stuns me that Jeff is not severely injured after some of the stuff he does, especially when he leapfrogs the ladder and hits a huge legdrop on Jeff. Also when he jumped off the top rope, hit another ladder into the faces of his brother and Christian, ouch I say. Finish comes when Matt knocks Christian and Jeff off of one ladder but Jeff lands on another ladder knocks Edge off and grabs the money at the top of the ladder for the win in about 16.5 mins. Great match here.
-The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Hardy Boyz-Summerslam 2000 TLC I: The best of the TLC's cause it was the first, plenty of great spots throughout this one, watch it if you haven't already.
-Shannon Moore & Shane Helms (Gregory Helms) vs. Jamie Noble & Evan Karagis vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang, winner gets a cruiserweight title shot: Great, great spotfest here, virtually nonstop action by all six men. Some of the spots include Helms hitting a huge swinging neckbreaker off a ladder, Karagis hitting a huge bodyslam off of a ladder. A sequence of flips and dives to the outside, by most of the competitors, that was very well paced. Helms and Moore both win when they pull down the contract, so both men receive a crusierweight title shot.
-Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit-Royal Rumble 01 for the I.C Title: Really great match that combined technical skill along with hardcore action with the ladder, by both men.
-The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz-Wrestlemania X-7 TLC II: Not quite as good as TLC I, but still delivered the goods. Loved the insane spear from almost 15 feet in the air by Edge to Jeff while Jeff was hanging from the belts in mid-air. Great stuff throughout.
-Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz-TLC III-Smackdown May '01: I remember this being a very good match especially considering it was on T.V, also if I remember right this match led to Benoit needing neck surgery about a month and a half afterwards.
-Edge vs Christian-No Mercy '01: During the Alliance storyline (ack), but with these two you can't go wrong.
-Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero-Raw May '02: Very good one here, lots of uses of the ladder and a great showing my both men especially the late Eddie Guerrero (R.I.P., brother.)
-Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy-July Raw '02 for the Undisputed Title: This was when they tried to give Jeff a singles push and this match was his best showing in my opinion. Jeff comes so close to beating Taker, but the Deadman (or Bad A.. well anyway, as he was here) did good as well since this was his first ladder match ever.
-TLC IV-October Raw '02: Kane & Hurricane vs. RVD & Jeff Hardy vs. Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley vs. Jericho & Christian: Should be a good one.
-Chris Jericho vs. Christian-Unforgiven '04 for the I.C. Title: Remember hearing this was a great one, so I can't wait to see it.
Shelton Benjamin vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Christian vs. Chris Benoit vs. Kane: Money in the Bank Match-Wrestlemania 21: Good one here loved how Shelton ran up one ladder as it was laying sideways on another ladder and clotheslined Jericho who was at the top of the other ladder. Plenty of other great action as well.
-Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero-Summerslam '05 for custody of Dominick: I heard both men tore the house down with this match.
-Edge vs. Matt Hardy-Raw Homecoming: Raw returns to the U.S.A. network and these two had a great match, plenty of good spots.
-Edge vs. Ric Flair-Raw January 06 for the WWE Title: Great showing by both men, but especially Flair, who proved he can still deliver in the main event even at his age.
-John Cena vs. Edge-Unforgiven '06-TLC V for the WWE Title: Great match by both men, loved how the crowd in Toronto (Edge's hometown) booed Cena out of the building and showered Edge with praise throughout the match. The finish is just sick, watch it to see what I mean.
-Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro-Raw November '06 for the I.C. Title: Good one actually, shocked Nitro did so well in a ladder match.
-The Hardys vs. MNM vs. London & Kendrick vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor: Four Team Ladder Match-Armageddon '06: Whoa I mean, whoa, I cringe everytime I see Joey Mercury get his face busted open and his nose broken, when a ladder gets smashed into his face.
-On a side note I'm a little disappointed the TNN debut match with The Hardyz vs. Edge & Christian was left off as well as the RVD vs. Christian match from Raw '03, both were great matches and worth putting on the DVD, but otherwise sounds like a good set to me.
It's about time the WWE went all out!
J. J Woehr | Lindenhurst, NY United States | 08/11/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"You already know what matches are on the dvd from other reviews so I'll just say it's great that they went all out with this dvd but there's still some good matches missing. Such as Eddie Guerrero vs X-Pac at NWO Souled Out (U.S title), Chris Beniot vs Jeff Jarrett at Starcade (U.S Title) "although we're lucky they didn't hold back the release of this dvd to take out the Beniot matches that are already on it", The Money in the Bank Match that RVD won and the one that Kennedy won.
Plus HBK's first Ladder match with Razor Ramon, both their Ladder matches could've been here since both are good. Goldberg also had a Ladder match with Scott Hall in WCW and that's not here either but I don't remember that one being too good. I remember Kurt Angle vs Chris Beniot in a Ladder match with the medals on the line but that might've been a 3 Stages of Hell match so that could be why it's on not here. But despite some matches missing this is a more sold WWE dvd than the WWE title match dvd. I hope they release a Vol 2 of the World Heavyweight Title History since a lot of good matches are missing and I'm not talking about John Cena matches "snores"."