WWE superstars have had to fight for their rights like any other American hero you care to name. Some rights were given, others were earned through battle. Some rights were around for decades. So what's today's Amendment? One that defied gravity if you catch mt drift.
Amendment XIII - The Risk Takers
Stunts, moments, "Oh my God!", hang time, airtime, "No body is home!"...many things come to mind before, during, and even after an death-defying risk. WWE superstars have always had no problem in supplying us with the risk, and we reward them with dropping our jaws, saving the memory, and talking about it for years to come.
WWE was no ECW, but who said they couldn't get down with taking risks? Where did it start? How did we come to high-flying world we having today? The whole WWE isn't , high flyers but we have some, and had many.
The risks came from all over the place, but I believe it has a root...at least in the WWE. Wrestlemania X introduced WWE to the ladder match. Razor Ramon went one on one with the man who revolutionized the ladder match (not Hardys), The Heart Break Kid Shawn Michaels.
HBK took many risks with that ladder on the night. The crowd and the world was at awe, but he would lose to Ramon, who would retain the Intercontinental title. There were highflying points in between the years, but the attitude era seems to contribute to every amendment.
With that said, the year was 1998 and the PPV was King of The Ring. The match was Hell in a Cell, 'Taker and Mankind were the competitors, and Mankind was the victim. He would be thrown off of the cell by the Undertaker, and fall through the announce table. Mankind was also slammed through the cell and fell to the bottom on the ring.
This isn't classified as a risk, as Mankind didn't suddenly chose to take those plunges, but he took the trip anyway you look at it. If anyone picked up where HBK left off, it was the Hardy Boyz.
Matt and Jeff Hardy bought about the rebirth of the ladder. They weren't alone though. Edge and Christian would join the party and like ECW they "let the bodies hit the floor".
Carnage erupted between these two teams as they had ladder matches and tag matches that include bodies flying everywhere. If one thought that was enough, the Dudley boys would join the party, too.
Edge and Christian had their chairs, Hardys had the ladders, and Dudleys had the tables. This led to the first ever TLC match, not before having some pit stops though.
Wrestlemania 2000 would give us a triangle ladder match. Two titles, three teams, many ladders. This was a ladder match, that could be considered a TLC match. Tables, ladders, and chairs were used in this match.
Jeff Hardy was the dare devil. He did a swanton bomb off the top of a nearly 30-foot ladder. Jaws were dropped, and eyes were glued. WWE would once gain give us that same satisfaction a year later at Wrestlemania 17. We would see the TLC match there. Jeff again, didn't disappoint.
Bodies were everywhere. Tables broken, chair shots taken, falling off ladders, jumping off ladders, being speared in mid air...WWE gave us the works that night. Summerslam 2000 was also an event where these high flying stunts took place.
Billy Kidman and Brock Lesnar both did shooting press stars, one of the most difficult, dangerous, but yet one of most elegant high flying moves when done properly.
Eddie Guerrero brought us the Flog Splash, RVD brought us the 5-star Frog Splash. Wrestlemania 21 would bring us the Money in the Bank. Shelton Benjamin would prove to the world that he can fly like the birds. He ran up a ladder and clotheslined Chris Jericho, who reached for the briefcase. He jumped from the top rope onto the ladder.
So many high flyers. Could one forget Rey Mysterio master of the 6-1-9? Rey flew with the west coast pop, and speaking of coast what about Shane McMahon himself. He was no stranger to the heights.
If anything, he took greater risks than the Hardy Boyz himself. He jumped off the titantron not once, but twice (The second time he sorta fell).
He also made his coast to coast dropkick famous. He's done it to many even Vince McMahon, his own father. Paul london briefly did the 450 splash, a rare and difficult move. So many years, so many risks.
Who do we have today? John Morrison has showed off his high flying abilities and Kofi Kingston has quickly established himself in that category. Cruiserweights are most time considered high flyers.
There was many, But HBK has to be the one pass this bill. Below arethe regulations...
1) High Flyers must be face....most of the time.
2) High Flyers' failure to connect on a risk, causes them the match (not always).
3) High Flyers must overlook their chance to win a ladder/TLC/MITB match and go for a crazy stunt.
4) High Flyers most always jump over the ropes to the outside whenever one of multiple enemies are standing and or regrouping outside.
5) High Flyers must show recoil damage from their finisher and or stunt.
6) High Flyers must be light weight or close to heavyweight, not super heavyweight.
7) High Flyers must occasionally be countered in midair.
8) High Flyers are usually all cool and laid back.
Amendment XIII Milestones/Progress
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon for the IC Championship in first ever Ladder match at Wrestlemania X (WWF Era).
Hardy Boyz vs Dudley boys vs Edge and Christian in TLC/Ladder match series at WM 16, 17, Summerslam 2000 (Attitude Era/Invasion Era).
The Money In The Bank Match at WM 21, 22, 23, and 24 (New Generation Era).
Shane McMahon jumps off the titantron at backlash (Attitude Era).
RVD, Paul London, Rey Mysterio, Shelton Benjamin, The Rockers, and other high flyers in the history of the WWE.
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