The Weekly Top Ten: WWE's Greatest Ladder Matches of All-Time
It is another week and it is time for another weekly Top 10 list. This week will feature the greatest ladder matches in the WWE. Any match that involved the use of ladders as part of the stipulation are up for consideration for being on the list. TLC matches are not included.
With any list, questions will form about why a person made the list and why another person did not. If you have any questions or feel I might have left some one out let me know in the comment section. If enough people agree with you it might be Comment's Pick in my next slide.
Ladder matches as a whole have changed the course of WWE, like no other matches have. With each one, us fans have seen new highs as well as incredible lows reach by the wrestlers in these match ups.
With that out of the way let the countdown begin.
10. Fatal Four Way Tag Team Champioship Match Armageddon 2006
This match featured London and Kendrick vs The Hardy's vs MNM vs William Regal and Dave Taylor.
The match was wild from the beginning and featured a variety of styles clashing together in the ring. The Hardy's and MNM control most of the match with Regal and Taylor showing some surprising agility and match the high flyers with great mat base wrestling.
The most chaotic moment in the match was a botch by the Hardy's and Morrison that caused a real life injury to Joey Mercury with their now famous catapult routine. Another great moment was Paul London drop kick to send John Morrison off the ladder.
In this match we saw the future of wrestling meet some great legends in the business. It all resulted to what end up being the best match on the card and put London and Kendrick over as serious threats in the tag team division.
Winner: London and Kendrick
9. Edge vs Christian Intercontinental Championship No Mercy 2001
This match gave us a preview of what we could be in store for if these two every locked horns again. The match was in the middle of the alliance angle and it was one of the few bright moments during the angle.
The match started on the ramp and went all across the crowd before any one even went for the title. Top moments in this match include Christian catapulting off a ladder to hit Edge in the face with it. Edge responded by doing a body splash off the top rope onto Christian who was on a ladder set up by two chairs.
The ladder match between the two, proved to fans what they already knew: Christian and Edge were stars on the rise.
Winner: Edge in a shocker
8. Jeff Hardy vs Undertaker WWE Undisputed Championship RAW 2002
When you say ladders you know what you are getting from Jeff Hardy, however the word ladders never come into play when you mention the Undertaker.
The two tangled on a July 1st edition of RAW in 2002. Who knew then that we would have seen a RAW classic in the making.
The match started with Jeff Hardy drop kicking a ladder in the face of the Undertaker and it only picked up from there. Undertaker responded with launching a ladder in the face of Jeff.
Memorable moments include Jeff Hardy using his feet to strike Undertaker with a chair shot to the head. Other moments include Undertaker leg drop on Jeff Hardy, while Hardy was in between the ladder.
At the conclusion of the bout the two shook hands in front on a crowd who were all on their feet giving them a standing ovation.
Winner: Undertaker in a RAW classic
7. Stone Cold vs Vince and Shane McMahon For 100% Ownership of WWE
This match proved that anything and everything can happen in the WWE. The match soon became more about dealing punishment than capturing the briefcase which contained ownership rights to the company in it.
Shane McMahon and Stone Cold carried most of the match, at one point battling it out on top of a series of ladders stack together on the ramp.
Top moments in the match include Stone Cold knocking down the ladders him and Shane were fighting on, onto Vince. Other moments are Shane and Austin going threw an announce table and Vince falling down a 15 foot ladder.
Winner: Some how some way the McMahon family won the match without the help of outside interference.
6. RVD vs Jeff Hardy I Hardcore Title Summer Slam 2001
Jeff Hardy, RVD, and this match are the perfect example of what happens when two cars run into each other at full speed. BOOM!!
This match was the first of two epic matches between the two. Their match at Summerslam was one of the most fast pace bouts you could have seen at the time. Bodies were flying all over the ring and fans got their money's worth on that night.
Top spots includes RVD hitting Rolling Thunder on top of Jeff Hardy who was prop up on a ladder near the ropes. Jeff Hardy best spot was a massive Twist of Fate on top of a 15 foot ladder.
This match was also during the peak of the Hardcore title. Jeff Hardy and RVD trade blows back and forth throughout the summer of 2001 leading into Summerslam and afterward.
The match they had continue the string of excellent ladder matches during that year and put both on them on the map as being part of the future of wrestling.
Winner: RVD and we the fans
5. MITB 2005 Wrestlemania 21
The match featured Kane vs Shelton Benjamin vs Chris Jericho vs Edge vs Christian vs Chris Benoit.
This was the first Money in the Bank ladder match that would soon set the
tone for what all ladders matches would have to follow. Six competitors who all brought something new to the table, competing for a WWE title shot.
The match was not great because it was the first of its kind, it was great because it revolutionize the way ladders could be use.
The best moment is hard to name because they were so many. My personal favorite was Shelton Benjamin T-bone suplex of Edge off the ladder. Another chaotic scene was Kane kicking a ladder causing Christian to fall outside of the ring on Tyson Tomko.
Other Benjamin moments including clothes-lining Jericho off the ladder and again knocking Jericho and Christian off the ladder when they were near the briefcase.
Winner: In the end it was Edge who emerged victorious.
4. Jeff Hardy vs RVD Part II Title Unification on RAW
Jeff Hardy vs RVD European and Intercontinental Unification Match.
If the first bout was a car crash, this one was a train wreck featuring two of the greatest high flyers in the WWE at that time. Few thought the RAW match could top the Summerslam one, but in fact it did just that.
Like the first one, this match saw RVD and Jeff Hardy crash and burn like no man before them. The match soon turned into who could do the better high flying maneuver.
The top moment was RVD doing a frog splash off the top of the ladder. RVD also did a moonsault backflip off the ring apron onto Jeff Hardy on the outside of the ring.
Jeff Hardy best moment in the match was hitting a Swaton Bomb on RVD who laying underneath a ladder. Jeff also back suplex RVD off a ladder.
In a match that had ever one on their feet, fans saw the European title go out in a blaze of glory that would have made all past holders of the title pride.
3. Triple H vs The Rock Intercontinental Title Summerslam 1998
It is something about Summerslam that features some of the greatest ladder match moments. And this match set the trend that the other ones would follow.
HHH and The Rock are by no means high flyers nor did they try to be in this match. What made this match great was the showmanship and the selling of moves done by each opponent. You could feel the impact of HHH knocking The Rock in the chest with the ladder or The Rock striking HHH with a chair while his legs were caught in between a ladder.
Memorable moments include The Rock's elbow drop to HHH who was laying on a ladder that was caught between the steel steps and the barricade. HHH best moment came when he used a ladder to kick The Rock in the head.
There is no need to explain the historical significance of this match up. It was during the height of The Nation of Domination and DX feuds and help solidify The Rock and HHH as main eventers in the making.
2. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon IC Title Wrestlemania X 1994
This match featured "The Bad Guy" Razor Ramon vs "The Hearbreak Kid" Shawn Michaels in a battle for the ages for the Intercontinental Championship on the biggest stage of them all, Wrestlemania.
Fans that had seen the first ladder match with Bret Hart and Michaels really did not know what to expect from this one. Boy were they in for a treat.
Michaels and Ramon battled each in what is sure to be in the top 10 greatest Wrestlemania matches of all-time. Shawn Michaels falling with the ladder on top of Razor Ramon will be forever etched in the minds of fans who watched the event and will go down as one of the most memorable Wrestlemania moments.
The moment that stick out the most in my mind was Michaels body being caught up in the ropes while Ramon climbed up the ladder to grab the title.
Yet another match that you do not need to explain the history. Just seeing this match brings in all the history and moments of the 1990s to your mind in a flash.
Razor Ramon went on to become Scott Hall in WCW and joined the legendary group NWO. While HBK stayed in the WWE, he created an even more legendary group with HHH and went on to headline many more Wrestlemanias.
Winner: Razor Ramon and the ladder match to come.
1. The Hardys vs Edge and Christian Tag Team Ladder Match No Mercy 1999
I thought about it. I watched both the Wrestlemania ladder match as well as this one. Some may disagree with me, but this really is the greatest ladder match in WWE history.
It took everything that happen in previous ladder matches and raised it to a level that I still think has not been touched.
This match featured The Hardys vs Edge and Christian in the first ever tag team ladder match. Not only that but the winner also received a 100,000 dollars as well as Teri Runnels as their manager. The tournement leading up to the finals was just as wild of a ride as the final match.
In this match alone we saw the first seasaw ladder trick performed by the Hardys, the first back suplex off a ladder, as well as the first powerbomb off the top step of the ladder performed by Edge.
Jeff Hardy hit his first ladder Swaton Bomb onto Christian who laid on top of the ladder. Matt Hardy performed the first neckbreaker off the ladder and Christian leaped off the in ring ropes to take out both teams who were standing on the outside of the ring. The first time any one attempted that move in a ladder match.
Not to mention the final moments of the match was just as chaotic as the opening bell, with Jeff Hardy moving off a falling ladder onto a standing one with Edge. He then pushed Edge off the ladder and grab the sack containing the money and Teri's contract.
To put it simple there were more spots and new moves attempted in this one ladder match that have been attempted in any ladder match before it or after it. This match was the building blocks for the careers of the Hardys Boys and Edge and Christian.
That night and the next night after the PPV match was over the four men recieved until this day one of RAW's and WWE's loudest standing ovations from fans who watched the events unfold.
Winner: In the history books it will say The Hardys, but in the end it was us the fans, and the careers of both teams.
Just Missed The Cut
11. Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels Superstars of Wrestling 1992
12. Triangle Ladder Match Hardys vs E&C vs Dudleys Wrestlemania 2000
13. MITB Wrestlemania 2006
14. Edge vs Matt Hardy MITB Briefcase WWE Homcoming 2005
15. The Rock vs Mankind WWE Champioship RAW 1999
5 Best Ladder Match Participants
5. Shelton Benjamin
4. Shawn Michaels
1. Jeff Hardy
Comment's Pick Greatest Female Wrestlers of All Time
Thank you Stewy Smoot The Masqued Debateur and Anakin Cane you won comment's pick for last week slide.
In December of 1995, Madusa dumped the WWE Women's Championship into the trash in a live event for WCW. She then went on to feud with Bull Nakano, Akira Hokuto, and even feuded with Oklahoma for the Crusierweight title.
Madusa was a major player in the women's division no matter if she was in the WWE, WCW, or IWCCW. She is a seven time Women's Champion competing in five different promotions and a former WCW Crusier Weight Champion.
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