10 Most Extreme Leaps in WWE History
Over the years, we have seen generations of high flying wrestlers ranging from a simple splash to a corkscrew shooting star press leg drop (don't laugh, it's out there on YouTube).
And WWE has a long list of that type of talent pulling off some of the most dangerous stunts in the company's history. The majority of them involving a ladder or a steel cage.
WWE fans always have a love for the athletes that try to take their stunt to the next level. That's why stars like Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam were born. Extreme Championship Wrestling made a name for themselves by always setting the bar to knock it down at the next pay-per-view.
In WWE, there weren't as many scaffolding matches or barbed wire massacres. But the company has had a lot of large leaps in their time that are still remembered by fans today.
While some might expect to see Mick Foley on the list, he was thrown that height. This list showcases some of the most extreme leaps that superstars have taken in hopes of gaining the victory. And while some of the names didn't win the match, at least they stole a good portion of the spotlight with their jump.
10. Jimmy Snuka's Leap off a Steel Cage
While it was one of the most memorable moments of professional wrestling history, Jimmy Snuka's leap off the top of a steel cage only comes in at No. 10. But there's no doubt that this was quite the leap at the time it took place.
Snuka was known for his signature splash from the top rope. But 30 years ago, Snuka took the leap off the top of the cage onto Don Muraco. This has been cited as an inspiring moment by future wrestling stars like Mick Foley.
To say the least, while it wasn't as high of a jump as many of the other leaps we will see on this list, it deserves respect for inspiring generations of high flying superstars.
9. John Morrison Drops from the Top of the Elimination Chamber
It's a leap that doesn't get as much respect as the others on this list should. John Morrison had one of the more interesting spots in the Elimination Chamber in 2011.
I wanted to put this video on the list because it highlights how Morrison's athleticism was displayed by climbing the chamber wall towards the top. But for anyone who follows the former Tag Team and Intercontinental Champion, he met the expectations he had going into the match to pull off something big.
Hopefully we will see the return of the Shaman of Sexy to the WWE one day and see more of these high spots.
8. Rey Mysterio Leaps off Cage in Debut
Shortly after his debut match with Chavo Guerrero, Rey Mysterio literally made the leap to WWE television on the July 25, 2002, episode of SmackDown.
After the main event cage match between Chris Jericho and Edge, the Anti-Americans faction of Test, Christian and Lance Storm attacked the Rated R Superstar after he won. A brawl in the cage ensued when a young John Cena (before he became the Doctor of Thuganomics) joined to help Edge.
Mysterio would run out and join the brawl by climbing the cage and pulling off a very high crossbody splash. It was a good first impression on the WWE fans who may not have seen his work in WCW.
7. Shelton Benjamin Jumps off Ladder onto Opponents
Shelton Benjamin made a name for himself in his WWE career as a very talented athlete. Whether it was running up a leaning ladder or jumping across the ring to get Sweet Chin Music, he was part of some very memorable moments.
At the 25th anniversary of WrestleMania, Benjamin took a dive off the ladder onto the opponents in the Money in the Bank ladder match. While he did fall on top of a group, there was no table like when Jeff Hardy jumped off the ladder onto Bubba Ray Dudley.
This made the list because imagine the fear some people have knowing that you have to hope somebody can catch you when you make that dive. Just ask half of the people who make Botchamania (the YouTube series).
6. Eddie Guerrero Gets Froggy off the Cage
If I was going to include Jimmy Snuka's leap from a somewhat shorter cage and Rey Mysterio's crossbody, I had to include Eddie Guerrero on this list.
When Guerrero met John "Bradshaw" Layfield for the WWE Championship on a July 2004 episode of SmackDown, it was one of the better matches overall for both men. It is sometimes considered a forgotten classic because so many big things happened that year. It sort of became lost in the shuffle.
While Latino Heat didn't come out the winner, he gave fans a good show marked by this leap from the top of the cage.
5. HBK Drops Elbow onto Mr. McMahon
While this was mostly a squash match at the end, it was great to see Shawn Michaels go a little extreme on the Chairman of the Board.
At WrestleMania 22, both Vince McMahon and the Heartbreak Kid faced off in a street fight. The best spot was when Michaels put a garbage can on McMahon before lying him on a table, only to climb the tallest ladder he could find and give a diving elbow.
And as the cherry on top, he gave McMahon a D-Generation-X trademark chop before the drop. This sort of began the speculation that we would see a D-X reunion, since we saw Triple H give the same chop to John Cena in the main event.
4. Edge Spears Jeff Hardy from the Ladder
Once again, this highlight is proof that WrestleMania is home of some of the biggest moments in wrestling history.
In 2001, arguably the match of the night, was the Tables, Ladders and Chairs triple threat match for the Tag Team Championships with Edge and Christian, the Dudley Boys and the Hardy Boys. And while there were plenty of extreme moments, this was by far the best.
Jeff Hardy made the attempt to grab the belts but was left dangling above the ring after Bubba Ray Dudley removed the ladder. Edge, on top of another ladder in the corner, jumped to spear the hanging Hardy in mid air.
Hard to beat that.
3. Chris Benoit's Diving Headbutt off the Ladder
Sure he's getting the Voldermort treatment by WWE, but Chris Benoit (or he who must not be named), made an impact at WrestleMania 21 in 2005 by delivering a headbutt to Kane from the top of the ladder.
This gets bonus points because you can see there was quite the collision of heads on this spot, as Benoit was bleeding the hard way seconds after the jump. This spot once again proved how tough the Rapid Wolverine really was.
On a side note, this wasn't the first time he hurt himself doing the move. I couldn't find the exact date and video, but I remember he injured his eye with this move one time. Maybe if we would have cut out the crazy headbutt, he might have had a few less concussions and wouldn't be remembered for what he did in his Atlanta home.
2. Jeff Hardy's Swanton Bomb onto Randy Orton
Jeff Hardy is no stranger to high risk leaps of faith. Whether it be off a ladder or through one, he was seen in the air in all of his matches.
But during the buildup to their WWE Championship match at the 2008 Royal Rumble, Hardy took the fight to the extreme with Randy Orton on an episode of Monday Night Raw. After laying Orton out to the left of the stage, Hardy climbed the Titantron.
To me, it looked like they fell on some mats and it was pretty clear when they showed the medics tending to both men. But it was still one of the bigger jumps in WWE history. Jim Ross' reaction was pretty classic as well.
1. Shane McMahon's Leap of Faith from Titantron Top
This was clearly an easy choice for being No. 1. Shane McMahon had by far the highest leap, or fall, in WWE history in a Last Man Standing match with the Big Show at the 2001 Backlash pay-per-view.
The fans were going nuts as McMahon climbed to the top of the Titantron and probably could have easily touched the ceiling of the entire stadium at that height, before taking a leap of faith onto the Big Show.
With how extreme this moment was, it was only fitting to have someone like Paul Heyman on commentary.