Aight, now that I had to make my "take 2" on this article since my browser doesnt want to cooperate with me, its time to make my Creature V. Creature debut against the man himself, someone who's articles never cease to impress me, Shane Howard.
And I know I originally settled on the Ladder Match, but I decided to specify on the TLC Match. Yes, its true, Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, oh my.
When outsiders hear the term wrestling, whats the first image that usually pops into one's head? Chairs. Oh, the chairs that the Attitude Era made so famous. Some might think of a Ladder, due to its infamous history involving superstars the likes of Ric Flair, The Rock, Stone Cold, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Bret Hart and Razor Ramon.
Or some might think of the Dudleys doing what they do best, powerbombing someone through a table. What could possibly be better than any of those elements? How bout the three of them combined?
Who can forget Summerslam 2000, with the classic TLC Triple Tag Team Match for the WWF Tag Team Championship, with Edge & Christian facing off against arguably two of the best tag teams of all times, The Dudley Boys and the Hardys?
Or as much as the internet community hates him, who could forget Edge catching an FU off a ladder thru not one, but two tables stacked up in a TLC match against John Cena at Unforgiven 2006?
What about the Fatal Fourway Tag Team TLC Match on Smackdown in May 2001 with Edge and Christian teaming up against The Hardys, The Dudley Boys and a tag team of Chris Jericho and Chris Benoit?
The TLC Match (Tables, Ladders, and Chairs, Oh My!) has its long list of participants, including Edge, Christian, the late Chris Benoit, The Hardys, The Dudley Boys, Rob Van Dam, Kane, John Cena, and of course, the man himself, the Nature Boy Ric Flair.
Its had seven matches spread across nine years now since its conception, proving to be whats revered by some as the most brutal match type that exists in the WWE.
Sure there's ECW Extreme Rules matches, which have been toned down in the past few years. And sure, you have the ability to possibly use weapons in the Last Man Standing Match, but with a TLC match, youre guaranteed to see tables broken, chairs smashed and ladders used for more than climbing.
Unlike the outcome of most specialty matches, the TLC match doesn't end with a second or 3rd finisher, or someone just being put thru a table. The TLC Match takes the elements of three of the most destructive match types in the business, and incorporates them all into one devastating match.
When you think about the ending of most TLC matches, the match ends after someone has been incapacitated, much like the Last Man Standing match involves. But then there's that long climb up the ladder, which always takes 10X longer when you're a WWE Superstar than when youre putting up Christmas lights.
The TLC match brings back the "glory days" of the Attitude Era, mixed in with a little ECW flavor and just a pinch of old school WWF with the Ladder Match ending, making one match thats hard to stay away from. After all, a good technical match is always fun to watch, but what is more satisfying than watching men smash thru hardware like an angry Bob Villa fan?
In my opinion, there is no comparison to the TLC match. Agree or disagree, gimme your thoughts. Be sure to check out Shane's article on why he views the Last Man Standing Match as the end-all-be-all of Specialty matches.