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Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter from Stampede Wrestling in 1979 for the North American title - 7/10 descent way to start the DVD off
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels from 1992 - an amazing match, set the stage for ladder matches in the future 9/10
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon: 1995 SummerSlam - 8.5/10
HHH vs. Rock: 1998 SummerSlam match - Highlight of both mens career 10/10
New Brood (Hardy Boyz) vs. Edge & Christian: 1999 No Mercy - 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. Since this was the first tag team ladder match, it was non-stop action & never a dull moment. 10/10
Edge & Christian vs. Dudleys vs. Hardy's: 2000 Summer Slam TLC match - this is one of those matches that I can't describe in words that you just have to watch. 11/10
Shannon Moore & Shane Helms vs. Jamie Noble & Evan Karagis vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang: WCW 2000 - It wasn't as crazy as the TLC matches in WWE but these guys put on one hell of a performance. 10/10
Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho: 2001 Royal Rumble - this match is HARDCORE to say the least a classic 11/10
Hardy's vs. Dudleys vs. Edge & Christian: WrestleMania 17 - One of the greatest matches on this DVD, 100/10
Jericho & Benoit vs. Hardy's vs. Dudleys vs. Edge & Christian: Smackdown 2001 - Another amazing match that does eventually lead to Benoits broken neck
Edge vs. Christian: 2001 No Mercy - very good performance by both men 8/10
RVD vs. Eddie Guerrero: Raw 2002 - was without a doubt one of the best matches on WWE TV for that year. 10/10
The WWE's compilation DVDs have remained of fantastic quality no matter how much the quality of the modern product has suffered in the last 5 years. This latest set includes some of the most spectacular ladder matches that have ever been seen. Rather than featuring a documentary with bonus matches like some of their DVDs, this set thankfully keeps to the matches themselves, although most matches have some footage of the build-up to them or even a brief interview with one of the participants (eg Edge or HBK) which is quite useful. Unfortunately the matches are introduced by the ever-annoying Todd Grisham.
The matches are listed in another review and there are a number of classics on there. The evolution of the ladder match is clear to see from the comparatively tame (but still great) 1992 match between HBK and Bret Hart into the TLC spotfests which are truly awesome to watch. TLC has now evolved again into Money In The Bank which has become a new Wrestlemania tradition and is something to look forward to each year. This collection covers all of that.
The match selection is almost flawless but there are a few matches which should have been on there. The WM10 match between HBK and Razor Ramon is mentioned on the DVD as the best ladder match ever and then not featured, instead they show their Summerslam rematch. I can sort of understand this, because the WM match is on the HBK collection but some people won't have seen this. I would have also picked the Royal Rumble 2000 triangle ladder match between the Hardyz, Dudleys and E&C over their 2nd TLC match (which was essentially a repeat of the first TLC). It would have been cool to see an ECW ladder match to see how they used to do them, but instead we just get one WCW match.Read more ›
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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.
Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter (Junkyard Dog) from Stampede Wrestling in 1979 for the North American title - 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.
Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels from 1992 - I think this is the one for the I.C. Belt & for this being so innovated in WWE at the time, it's something to see.
Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon: 1995 SummerSlam - I'm glad they put this one on here instead of their WrestleMania X one since most people forgot about it. 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).
HHH vs. Rock: 1998 SummerSlam match - 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. This was the highlight match of both men's career before they would go on to each win the World Title.
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One Of The Most Innovative Matches Of All Time10 May 2007
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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 - Two years before the more famous ladder match between Shawn & Razor Ramon would happen at WrestleMania, the very first ladder match in WWE history happened here. Both men went away from their usual strategy in matches of wrestling & were brawling more with Sherri becoming a distraction from time to time. The ladder was used as a weapon here with Shawn ramming it into Bret while Shawn was later given a slingshot into it. It wasn't anywhere near the standards of this type of match today but the purpose here was just to show the concept of the match which it did achieve. July '92 [Greatest Rivalries: Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels]
Intercontinental Champion Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon - The "forgotten" rematch from WrestleMania X that was very different than their previous encounter as the "behind the scenes" story about this match was revealed years later in that they weren't allowed to use the ladder as a weapon here. Razor took the fight to Shawn by first suplexing Shawn from inside the ring straight to the floor & then focusing heavily on his leg after pushing the ladder down causing it to be trapped inside the ladder followed by punishing it by stomping on his leg wedged in the ladder & dropping Shawn onto the ladder leg first. Shawn was able to dish out the punishment himself by back-suplexing Razor off the ladder & throwing him so hard into a ladder in the corner that he flipped over the top rope while also using the ladder to execute big moves like a moonsault & an attempt at a big splash but unfortunately was also on the receiving end of a Razor's Edge off the ladder. A second was brought into play leading to one moment where both men fell off the ladder & crotched on the ropes. I'm glad they put this one on here as it didn't disappoint & lived up to the hype & expectations based off their previous ladder match. As a side note, if you want an idea of how comical WWF was back in '95 then watch Shawn Michaels entrance when they have a guy trying to sell you his merchandise at ringside (ala Home Shopping Network). SummerSlam '95
Intercontinental Champion The Rock vs. Triple H - Just a couple of notes before the match but the DX band played Triple H & Chyna to the ring, The Rock debuted a new version of his "Nation" theme while Mark Henry was in Rock's corner, and Triple H was coming into the match with a bad leg based off an attack earlier in the night. Both men started out in the ring before the brawl continued into the isleway with Triple H being thrown into the ladder leaning against the ring. Triple H swinging it into Rock followed by driving it into his ribs before Rock recovered & went right to work on that bad leg with stomps & elbow drops before using the ladder to wedge the leg & stomp on it along with using a chair to hammer the ladder into Triple H's leg. Rock was ruthless by dropping Triple H onto the ladder leg first before Triple H was catapulted & backdropped onto it various times before Rock eventually dropped a People's Elbow with Triple H on the ladder. The Rock & Triple H just have that natural chemistry that carries over into each match & this was no different in a classic quality match that told a great story. SummerSlam '98 [The Epic Journey Of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson]
Edge & Christian vs. New Brood (Hardy Boyz) - This was the not only the first tag team ladder match in WWE history but also the finals of a series of matches between both teams called the Terri Invitational Tournament (which allowed Jerry Lawler to have so much fun with the initials) in which the winning team would gain an amount of money & her managerial services. Gangrel was ejected from ringside early on in the match allowing this match to be straight up between both teams with them having so many highlight moments such as Jeff being backdropped over the top rope all the way to the middle of the isleway, Christian giving Jeff a reverse DDT off a ladder, Edge powerbombing Matt off the ladder, Jeff's missle dropkick off the top rope knocking Edge off the ladder followed by a swanton bomb on the ladder, Christian on the receiving end of a legdrop off the top rope from Jeff who leapfrogged over a ladder in the process, Jeff Hardy being a handyman by breaking a ladder & then fixing it, Edge & Christian delivering a baseball slide with the ladder into Matt's crotch, Edge receiving a neckbreaker off the ladder, and all four men "crashing & burning" off the ladders. This was the match that put both teams on the map that would eventually plant the seeds for the future series of ladder/T.L.C. 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 Boyz: Leap Of Faith; Edge: Decade Of Decadence]
T.L.C. Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz - This was the first ever T.L.C. match which is the same concept as a ladder match except tables & chairs were also legal & encouraged to be used as well while it should also be noted that this was a homecoming for the Hardy's with them being from North Carolina. You had various crazy moments with all three weapons being legal such as Edge legsweeping both Devon & Matt off ladder, Bubba powerbombing Christian off a ladder, Edge pushing Jeff off a ladder that caused another ladder to catapult into Matt's face, Christian getting a 3D through a table, Edge hitting everyone in sight with a chair, Christian launched into Edge who was sandwiched in between a ladder, Jeff's swanton bomb off a ladder through tables, Bubba going off a ladder in the ring through stacked tables on the outside, Lita getting involved & paying for it, Matt falling backwards off a ladder out of the ring through tables, and Devon & Jeff hanging from the tag titles. This was a "car crash" that took your breathe away. SummerSlam '00 [Hardy Boys: Leap Of Faith; Allied Powers: World's Greatest Tag Teams]
Shannon Moore & Shane Helms vs. Jamie Noble & Evan Karagis vs. Kaz Hayashi & Jimmy Yang - It was during this period in WCW that the crusierweight division had the most focus on it than it has in over a year with all six of these men stealing the show every chance they had but this match was different in that although it's setup as a three team ladder match, the one person who grabs the contract at the top would receive the title match against Crusierweight Champion Chavo Guerrero who also joined in on commentary for this match. This match had it's moments full of crazy spots & moments like Yang dropkicking the ladder into Noble & Evan followed by Kaz doing a moonsault onto the ladder with both underneath, a botched backdrop on Kaz that caused him to land on his head instead of the ladder, back to back to back various dives from the ring to the outside with Noble being shoved off the ladder onto everyone on the outside, another ladder being brought into the match to be made a scaffold where Evan caught Kaz & powerslammed him off of it, Shane Helms with the "world's highest neckbreaker", and Shannon Moore's headscissors taking Yang off the scaffold to the floor. If you only know these guys from their runs in WWE then you don't know what your missing as 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 T.L.C. matches in WWE but these guys put on one hell of a performance in what many consider the last quality Starrcade match in the history of the event. WCW Starrcade '00
Intercontinental Champion Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho - Chris Jericho came into this match with a bad arm which Benoit targeted right away only for Jericho to initially be able to counter the attacks but Benoit went to work after Jericho missed a springboard dropkick by throwing Jericho into both the steps & ring post shoulder first. Jericho was able to get to the ladder first & used it to his advantage by ramming it into Benoit's face & ribs but also ended up in the receiving end of a ladder attack being thrown into the ladder face first onto the floor before Benoit then attempted a suicide dive but caught a chair to the head mid-air. Both men continued to take hard hits with the ladder as they connected with it face first at various points such as Benoit dropkicking the ladder into Jericho's face before he would later feel the effects of a modified Walls Of Jericho on the ladder before Benoit would knock Jericho off the ladder into the crossface. This wasn't your "car crash spotfest" type of ladder match more than it was an aggressive brawl with the ladder used as a weapon more than anything else. Royal Rumble '01
T.L.C. Match: WWE Tag Team Champions Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian - The rematch from SummerSlam here at WrestleMania except this one also including each team's associates (Spike Dudley, Rhyno, Lita) getting in the action as well. You got all the crazy spots as expected here such as Bubba powerbombing Jeff onto Edge through a table, Christian falling off a ladder in the ring straight to the floor, Spike Dudley delivering a dudley dog off the apron through a table on the floor, Rhyno giving a gore through a table, various loud chairshots to the head, Jeff Hardy doing a swanton bomb off the highest ladder through a table & later attempting to walk on the ladders like a tightrope, Matt & Bubba falling out off the ladder through the stacked tables at ringside, and the highlight reel of Edge spearing Jeff while he was hanging from the tag titles that WWE used in promotional videos for years after this match. T.L.C. II followed the same patterns as their previous matches in that this was full of "Holy S..." moments one after another. WrestleMania X-7 [Hardy Boys: Leap Of Faith]
T.L.C. 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 T.L.C." for various reasons such as Edge not acknowledging this match when he kept saying "I never lost a T.L.C. match" along with the fact that it happened last minute on broadcast TV instead of how the previous matches were built up on TV for months leading to the PPV. Various highlights include Jeff having a ladder thrown at him in the middle of Poetry Of Motion, Benoit snap suplexing Bubba onto the ladder, Jericho bulldogging Bubba off the ladder, Walls Of Jericho on the top of the ladder, Edge & Christian pushed off the ladders onto the outside, the Hardys being hiptossed & suplexed off ladders, various chairshots to the head & people falling through tables, a Twist Of Fate off the ladder, Edge's spear off the ladder, and Benoit's diving headbutt that injured him causing him to miss action for a year. "SmackDown" May '01
Intercontinental Champion Christian vs. Edge - Two of the men who are known for reinventing the ladder match now go at it in that same match they made famous that made action both in the ring along with the outside & through the crowd. The ladder was used as a weapon various times like to cause damage to the ribs like a baseball slide, Christian crotched on it, a catapult into Edge's face, being slammed off the top rope onto it, setup as a scaffold on chairs leading up to a big top rope splash, and Edge getting his receipts on all the acts Christian did to him over the past two months. No Mercy '01
Intercontinental Champion Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam - "The Battle Of The Frog Splash" continues & after their previous two encounters, the score would be settled in a ladder match. Both men had various spots & moments such as Eddie whipping RVD face first into the ladder followed by targeting his legs using a chair & the post, RVD's moonsaults onto Eddie on the ladder, Eddie taking punishment like having the ladder dropkicked from under him followed by a tilt-a-wirl backbreaker onto the ladder & Rolling Thunder on the ladder, and Eddie's sunset flips off the ladder into a powerbomb & cannonball. This was very fast paced & intense from start to finish 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 - Despite Undertaker being in WWE for over a decade at this point, this was his first ever ladder match against one of the masters of this match. Jeff brought the fight to Taker doing everything he could do including a chairshots to the head, legdropping the ladder on top of Taker, and using dirty tactics like a low blow. Taker brought the pain using the ladder to his advantage like knocking Hardy into the announce table, using a chair multiple times himself, and legdrop on the apron with Hardy ladder the ladder. 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
T.L.C. 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 due to Ric Flair & Triple H attacking him before the match causing Kane to defend the tag titles alone. This was a "car crash" as you would expect here with such moments like Bubba's airplane spin with the ladder, Spike being tossed into RVD, the ladder catapulting into Christian & Jericho's face, Hardy's legdrop on Kane through a table, Jeff being caught in midair into a powerslam, the Van Daminator & Van Terminator, Christian launched off top rope into ladder, Bubba delivering a superplex off the ladder, Spike being shoved over the top rope onto the table, and back to back Bubba Bomb & 5 Star Frog Splash. High spots & moments 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]
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 forfeit the title due to injury. Both men started out wrestling before it turned into a brawl in the crowd & the outside using the cable cord to choke while Christian was able to do his Unprettier on the floor. The ladder then came into play with both men being thrown into the ladder, ladder using it as a weapon like Jericho using it to work on Christian's back while Jericho's leg was damaged when thrown into it, and making moves more impactful like the Lionsault & bulldog, and both men taking face first falls from the ladder & even from the hanging title. This match was more about trying to tell a story throughout the match instead of doing a bunch of "high spots" & turned out to be a great match. Unforgiven '04
Money In The Bank Ladder Match: Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane vs. Edge vs. Christian - This was the first ever Money In The Bank match where the object of the match is to grab the briefcase at the top that contains a contract to challenge any World Champion whenever he sees fit in the next year. As expected with a multiman ladder match, chaos all over the place with everyone going after Kane on the ramp before the bell, everyone diving on top of everyone else on the outside, Benoit crossfacing anyone in sight, Benjamin splashing Edge in the corner on the ladder, everyone fighting on 3 ladders at once, Edge T-Bone'd off the ladder, and Benoit's headbutt off the ladder that caused him to bleed from the head. I was here LIVE & to quote Joey Styles "OH MY GOD!" The show-stealer here though was Shelton Benjamin as he looked like Spider Man 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. WrestleMania 21
Rey Mysterio vs. Eddie Guerrero - This was similar to the Money In The Bank match where the object was to grab the briefcase hanging at the top but in this case, the briefcase contains custody papers of Rey's adopted son & Eddie's biological son Dominic. Various moments include Rey being thrown into the ladder in the isleway, Eddie bringing in a second ladder before Rey baseball slide it into Eddie's face followed by a springboard seated dive onto Eddie on the outside, an attempted sunset flip powerbomb that had both men hitting the back of their heads, Rey on the receiving end of a hilo while he was sandwiched between ladders, Rey backdropped Eddie onto a slanted ladder than collapsed the ladder Rey himself was on, using the ladder to do a unique 619 & springboard legdrop, Rey taking an impactful powerbomb from hanging off the hook, and the 3 Amigos onto the ladder. It was a great ladder match even though 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. SummerSlam '05
Loser Leaves Raw/Money In The Bank Ladder Match vs. Matt Hardy - The final encounter between these two (three if you involve Lita) in this very personal feud against each other to the point where they dished out the most punishment possible & not hold anything back. Both men took some hard hits & delivered them with the ladder such as Edge being squeezed in an upside down ladder scissors, Matt being either dropped into or back suplexed or hitting face first into the top or suplexed into the ladder stomach first, a sequence that starts with Edge being shoved off a ladder & ends with Matt crashing & burning off another ladder, Matt's crossbody off the ladder onto Edge in the crowd, Twist Of Fate off the top of ladders, and Lita getting involved along with weapons like kendo sticks & tables. This was unlike their previous matches as a tag team where it was one spot after another as this was came off more like a fight that was very aggressive from beginning to end. "RAW" Oct. '05 [The Life Story Of Edge]
T.L.C. Match: WWE Champion Edge vs. Ric Flair - At this stage in Flair's career, this was a completely new environment for him as this was his very first ladder match in his hometown against "the master of the T.L.C. match" with his daughter at ringside. Knowing how Flair suffered a concussion the week before, Edge targeted Flair's head by attacking it with the ladder & chair that ended up busting him open while also going after his back by putting Flair through a table & even delivering a supersuplex from the ladder. Flair delivered just as much punishment as he recieved returning the chairshots & pushing Edge off a ladder through a table on the floor. This match was more about "how can Flair take this punishment as his age" than anything else resulting in a very impressive performance from Ric Flair in this being his first time doing this type of match at this stage in his career. "RAW" Jan. '06
WWE Championship/T.L.C. Match vs. John Cena - Edge's had the heavy advantage going into this match as he returned home to a hero's welcome in Toronto as the WWE Champion defending with his own "Rated R" WWE Championship in the match he's the innovator & master of. Edge showcased this fact by dishing out the punishment like giving Cena a DDT into chairs, dropkicking the ladder off the guardrail into Cena's face, powerslamming him through a table, running up a ladder to the top rope followed by a crossbody to Cena on the outside, a ladder to ladder spear, and Lita getting involved causing both men to crash through tables. Cena himself gave as much as he took to Edge by hip tossing him into the ladder & later delivering his throwback into a chair, applying his STFU with Edge trapped in the ladder, FUing the ladder onto Edge, powerbombing Edge into the ladder, and giving Edge the biggest FU we've ever seen. Unforgiven '06 [The Life Story Of Edge]
Intercontinental Champion Johnny Nitro vs. Jeff Hardy - This was Jeff Hardy's first ladder match since his return to WWE while this the first one in Nitro's career leading to such spots as Jeff's Whisper In The Wind that took as much out of Jeff as it did Nitro, Jeff's crossbody onto the ladder that Nitro was holding, Nitro's standing dropkick from the top of a ladder onto Jeff who also on the ladder, Hardy's swanton bomb onto a ladder, and a ladder being thrown so hard that it wrapped around the other's head. 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. "RAW" Nov. '06
WWE Tag Team Champions Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor vs. MNM vs. The Hardys - This was originally set to be just a regular title match between London & Kendrick before Teddy Long gave us a Christmas gift with two additional teams & making this a ladder match. 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 leading to such spots like Mercury dropped off the top of the ladder straight to the outside floor, various wrestlers backdropped & suplexed into & off the top of the ladders, Jeff on top of a ladder on the outside before Nitro kicked the ladder through the ropes causing Jeff to fall off & land on ropes waist first, Jeff's sunset flip powerbomb on Nitro, Matt having the ladders split from under him, and watch out for that SICK spot where Joey Mercury's face gets crushed. Armageddon '06
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.
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Evolution of Ladder Match...and WWE itself11 Jun. 2008
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I have been a wrestling fan since 1996 and have watched all kinds of wrestling. I have a wrestling DVD/VHS collection spanning over 50 all together. This is the most complete and accurate review of this DVD you will find. I hope you find this review helpful; remember to vote helpful or not helpful. (Note-Each DVD I review has a "Match of the DVD" award somewhere in it.)
WWE- The Ladder Match The Ladder Match. It is one of the most violent, most entertaining, and most high-risk matches in WWE history. WWE has given us this gift of 22 amazing Ladder Matches in this 3-Disk set. Todd Grisham hosts this set, and he does a great job of being a geek that is entertaining. Some people complain because this set lacks the Triangle Ladder Match from WWE WrestleMania April 2, 2000 and Shawn/Razor from WWE WrestleMania X - 10 Years In The Making, but I like the fact that they gave us some of the lesser know Ladder Match instead of those two. If you are a wrestling fan this needs to be in your collection. This not only shows the evolution of the Ladder Match, but the evolution of WWE as a whole.
Ladder Match (Stampede Wrestling- July 1979) North American Heavyweight Championship & Cash Jake Roberts VS Big Daddy Ritter This is one of the very early Ladder Matches from Stampede Wrestling. The match is joined in progress. It's worth a watch once, but after that you won't watch it again. RATING- 4/10
Ladder Match (July 21, 1992) Intercontinental Championship Bret Hart(c) VS Shawn Michaels This match was another early Ladder Match; this time the match was a WWF match. The match isn't horrible, but it's another match you'll only watch once. RATING- 6/10
Ladder Match (Summerslam 1995) Intercontinental Championship Shawn Michaels(c) VS Razor Ramon This was the rematch from their classic WWE WrestleMania X - 10 Years In The Making Ladder match. Both men work really hard to pull off a great match. Shawn Michaels takes a terrible bump when he is suplexed off the ring and his ankle hits the guardrail. The reason why the score is only 8.5 is because the ending is severely screwed up. Michaels attempts to grab the belt 3 in a row before being successful. RATING- 8.5/10
Ladder Match (Summerslam 1998) Intercontinental Championship Triple H VS The Rock(c) This is one of my favorite Ladder Matches. It's funny to think that a few short months later The Rock would be WWF Champion and about a year later Triple H would be WWF Champion. Both men put on a show filled with great, new spots. The Rock even delivers a People's Elbow to Triple H while he's on the Ladder. This match can't get a perfect score due to the ending. RATING- 9.5/10
Terri Invitational Tournament- Ladder Match (No Mercy 1999) Edge & Christian VS New Brood (Jeff and Matt Hardy) If you've ever seen any of their other Ladder matches, this will disappoint you. This was more like a sample of what you would get later on. You see all your regular Hardy moves and that's about it. Also, for most of the match, they don't even seem to care about getting the money hanging above the ring, but instead just want to do crazy moves. Still, it's cool to see the Hardys pulling off some of their early moves in this match. RATING- 7.5/10
Tables, Ladders, and Chairs Match (Summerslam 2000) World Tag Team Championships Dudley Boyz VS Edge & Christian(c) VS Hardy Boyz Now, this was a big step up from the last match. The Dudleys are what really bring this match together. I'm not saying they are the best, but if they weren't in it, it would be exactly like the No Mercy match. Lots of awesome spots and tons of broken tables, that's what you can expect. Bubba, Matt, and Jeff all take huge Ladder to Table spots near the end. Edge and Christian sneak in the back door to pick up the victory. RATING- 9/10
Triple Ladder Match (WCW Starrcade 2000) (Match of the DVD) Contract for WCW Cruiserweight Championship Match 3 Count VS Jung Dragons VS Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias What the ****? That's right WCW is in the house. Now, this is from the end of 2000, just a few short months before WCW died. So, you expect crap right? No. This match is one of the greatest Ladder Matches of all time. You see many innovative spots that you'll never see in WWE. They even stack the ladders like a scaffold and do moves off of it. Also, even though this is a tag team match, there can be only one winner. Which adds to the interesting nature of things. RATING- 10/10
Ladder Match (Royal Rumble 2001) Intercontinental Championship Chris Benoit(c) VS Chris Jericho The Benoit/Jericho rivalry erupts into a Ladder Match. This was a well-paced match; I just felt it lacked something great. Benoit gets smashed in the face by a steel chair while try to dive onto Jericho. There are just too many "I push you off the ladder and you fall out the ring" spots. RATING- 8/10
TLC 2 (Wrestlemania X7) Edge & Christian VS Dudley Boyz(c) VS Hardy Boyz These 3 teams put on the perfect match. They have really worked out the kinks from the original TLC match and fixed it here. Edge does the insane spear on Hardy while he is hanging from the belts spot that you see in millions of highlight videos. Rhyno, Spike Dudley, and Lita all make appearances and have their own spots. RATING- 10/10
Fatal Four-Way TLC 3 (Smackdown, May 24, 2001) World Tag Team Championships Edge & Christian VS Chris Jericho & Chris Benoit(c) VS Hardy Boyz VS Dudley Boyz This is often called the forgotten TLC match due to the fact that Edge lost this TLC match, despite Edge claiming he's never lost a TLC Match. Benoit and Jericho make this TLC different than the previous two by bringing their styles to this match. There are a lot of different spots then the other TLC matches, which means you won't feel like this is the same match you've already seen. Benoit gets injured pretty badly. RATING- 9/10
Ladder Match (No Mercy 2001) Intercontinental Championship Christian(c) VS Edge Well, the amazing team couldn't last forever. Both Edge and Christian pursue singles careers instead of staying a tag team. The match is significantly slower than all of the other matches so far, but it's still got its strong points. The ending is really well done. RATING- 8/10
Ladder Match (Raw, May 27, 2002) Intercontinental Championship Eddie Guerrero(c) VS Rob Van Dam I really enjoyed this match. A good portion of the match is not focused on the later, but they build up the match before bringing it into the ring. RVD plummets from the ladder when he stumbles trying to do a frog splash. Great match, especially for Raw. Chris Benoit makes an appearance. RATING- 8.5/10
Ladder Match (Raw, July 1, 2002) Undisputed WWE Championship Undertaker(c) VS Jeff Hardy I don't understand why some people consider this an amazing match. This was a good, solid match, but it lacked a lot of action. I will admit that it had a lot of emotion wrapped into it. I was just expecting more spots and Hardy to not be beat down most of HIS match. RATING- 7.5/10
TLC 4 (Raw, October 7, 2002) World Tag Team Championships Kane(c) VS Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy VS Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley VS Jericho & Christian Kane is Tag Team Champions with Hurricane Helms, but Triple H attacked Hurricane earlier in the night so Kane is on his own. The match didn't live up to the other great TLC matches, but it was still fun to watch. The action seemed random and didn't draw enough emotion. RATING- 8/10
Ladder Match (Unforgiven 2004) Intercontinental Championship Chris Jericho VS Christian After Edge was forced to vacate the title due to injury, a new champion must be decided. The match itself wasn't all that great. The pacing seemed very off and there weren't any really good spots to cover that up. RATING- 7/10
Money in the Bank Ladder Match (Wrestlemania 21) Chris Benoit VS Chris Jericho VS Edge VS Shelton Benjamin VS Christian VS Kane Now this was an awesome way to start out the final disk. The winner would receive a title shot at anytime of his choosing anytime over the next year. All men put on a great effort in this spot filled match. Shelton Benjamin really puts on a show you have to see to believe. RATING- 9/10
Ladder Match (Summerslam 2005) Custody of Dominick Eddie Guerrero VS Rey Mysterio Seeing as you won't have to actually watch the long, drawn out, ridiculous story line on TV, you will not hate this match as much as everyone else. This ladder match was different and contained spots that you've never seen before, including a sick backdrop from the ladder onto another ladder that was propped up on it. RATING- 9/10
Ladder Match (Raw, October 3, 2005) Loser Leaves Raw/Money in the Bank Edge VS Matt Hardy This was a strong match from Raw with a very real storyline behind it. The loser had to leave Raw, but the winner would get the MITB. Some good spots but this can't top the two previous matches. RATING- 8/10
TLC 5 (Raw, January 16, 2006) WWE Championship Edge(c) VS Ric Flair Four years after the last TLC takes place we get our first singles TLC match. No one expected Ric Flair to win this match considering Edge had just won the title, but Flair made us believe through the course of this match. Flair takes a ton of punishment and almost pulls it off. RATING- 8/10
TLC 6 (Unforgiven 2006) WWE Championship John Cena VS Edge(c) Cena is in yet another hostile environment, much like he was at ECW: One Night Stand. They are in Edge's hometown and in Edge's match. Good pacing and a strong amount of spots. Cena screws up a sunset flip, but we can't be too hard on him. RATING- 8.5/10
Ladder Match (Raw, November 20, 2006) Intercontinental Championship Jeff Hardy(c) VS Johnny Nitro A very good Raw match that put Johnny Nitro on the map for many people. Nitro hits an amazing dropkick to Hardy while both are on the Ladder. Good match, worth a watch. RATING- 8/10
Fatal Four-Way Ladder Match (Armageddon 2006) WWE Tag Team Championship Paul London & Brian Kendrick(c) VS MNM VS Hardys VS William Regal & Dave Taylor To close the DVD, they give you the brutal Ladder match from Armageddon. The match is really just a cluster until Joey Mercury gets his nose broken and is rushed to the hospital. It is really a brutal shot that you have to see to believe. After that the match picks up and you see some really good spots. RATING- 9/10
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WWE FANS...YOU CAN'T MISS THIS ONE!!!8 Jun. 2007
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This is, without a doubt, one of the best WWE videos I've ever owned, and I've been buying them since 1990! Every match is shown in it's entirety, including wrestler entrances. You'll get to see old school classics like HBK vs Bret Hart from July 1992, HBK vs Razor Ramon (Scott Hall) at SummerSlam 1995, and Rock vs Triple H at SummerSlam 1998.
You also get some of the best TLC matches with Edge & Christian, The Dudleyz, and The Hardyz. They even included recent matches like the first Money in the Bank from Wrestlemania 21 and Edge vs John Cena at Unforgiven 2006.
So they basically included every classic ladder match from the mid-70's to the present time, except for matches that we've all seen a million times (like HBK vs Razor Ramon from Wrestlemania 10). I think there are 21 total matches. This video is less than $20 but I probably would have paid triple that amount, because the quality of the matches on this DVD is simply outstanding. THIS IS A MUST BUY FOR EVERY WWE FAN - GET IT NOW!!!
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Just a great set....7 Dec. 2006
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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.
-Stampede Wrestling '79 for the North American Heavyweight Title, Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter (JYD): 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. 3/10.
-I.C. Title Match, Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart: From a house show in Portland, Maine, 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. 7/10.
-Summerslam '95, I.C. Title Match, Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon (Champion): 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. 10/10.
-Summerslam '98, I.C. Title Match, Rock (Champion) vs. HHH: 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. 8/10.
-No Mercy '99, Terry Invitational Tournament Final, New Brood (The Hardy Boyz) vs. Edge & Christian: 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. 9/10.
-Summerslam 2000, TLC I Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian (Champions) vs. The Hardy Boyz: The best of the TLC's cause it was the first, plenty of great spots throughout this one, Jeff does his usual insane Swanton from the top of a ladder but crashes and burns through a table. It seemed like the Hardy's were on their way to winning in their home state of North Carolina but Edge and Christian were able to pull out the win in the very first TLC match. 10/10.
-Starrcade 2000, 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. 9/10.
-Royal Rumble 2001, I.C. Title Match, Chris Jericho vs. Chris Benoit (Champion): This was a hell of a championship match, both men worked so well together whether it was as partners or as opponents. There were plenty of good spots, including Benoit doing a suicide dive but getting a vicious chair shot for his troubles. There was also good submission wrestling as Benoit worked on Jericho's arm, but he came back applying a submission on top of the ladder to Benoit. Jericho knocked the ladder over and Benoit hit the ropes and fell to the outside, Jericho climbed to the top and grabbed the title to become the new I.C. champion. 9/10.
-Wrestlemania X-7, TLC II Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, The Hardy Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. The Dudley Boyz (Champion): 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. Rhyno, Spike Dudley and Lita all make appearances to help out their respective teams with all three getting some punishment, like Lita getting the 3D, Spike and Rhyno getting hit with a Swanton by Jeff off of a big ladder. The finish is great as Rhyno pushes a ladder with Matt and Bubba on top of it and they crash through 4 tables on the outside. Soon after Rhyno helps E&C win the tag titles. 9/10.
-May 2001, Smackdown, TLC III Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship, Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho vs. Edge & Christian (Champions) vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. The Hardy Boyz: Geeat TV main event as these four teams mesh well and during this match Benoit does a headbutt through a table on the outside that would lead to his neck surgery just a few months later. Each team gets some great spots in and this ends with Jericho and Benoit taking the tag titles to become the new tag champions. 9/10.
-No Mercy 2001, I.C. Title Match, Edge vs Christian: For months there was tension building between the two brothers and it finally boiled over prior to this match as Christian was tired of living in his brothers shadow. This was more of a wrestling match with a ladder as they told a good story and did use the ladder in some good spots. Edge ends up taking this one which was expected and continued his singles push. 7/10.
-May '02, Raw, I.C. Title Match, Rob Van Dam vs. Eddie Guerrero (Champion): Great match, lots of uses of the ladder, another one that's hard to describe, better to watch. Rolling Thunder by RVD onto Eddie under the ladder was awesome to watch. RVD hits a frog splash then climbs the ladder to win the I.C. Title. 10/10.
-July '02, Raw, Undisupted Title Match, Undertaker (Champion) vs. Jeff Hardy: 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. Jeff gives it his all, hits som good chair shots and had his hands on the title before getting chokeslammed off of the ladder and Taker grabs the belt to win. 8/10, afterwards Jeff wouldn't stay down and kept calling Taker back to the ring and eventually he got his hand raised by Taker much to the shock of the announcers and Jeff.
-October '02, TLC IV Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship: Kane & Hurricane (Champions) vs. RVD & Jeff Hardy vs. Bubba Ray & Spike Dudley vs. Jericho & Christian: Good one here that sees Kane shoulder the load for his team alone after Hurricane was taken out earlier in the night. There's some good spots, especially Jeff leaping off of a ladder smashing Kane through a table on the outside. However Kane would overcome all the odds to win the match and retain the tag titles. 7/10.
-Unforgiven '04, I.C. Title Match, Chris Jericho vs. Christian (Champion): Like the Edge/Christian match on this set, this one told more of a story but still featured good spots including one wear Jericho ended up falling and hitting the ladder butt first which looked painful. It was a well done match for sure. 8/10.
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.
-Unforgiven '06, Match for the WWE Championship, Edge (Champion) vs. John Cena: Great main event and the match of the night. Continious major league pop for Edge as this is his hometown and even bigger heat for Cena, not as bad as One Night Stand from June though. The match is really good, especially considering it's Cena wrestling. Liked the early boos directed at Cena everytime he hits an offensive move on Edge. Cena does do good in this match actually, even FU'ing a ladder onto Edge and locking the STFU on Edge while Edge was trapped between the ladder. Edge has some great offense too as can be expected because he's been in plenty of these matches and he's only lost one TLC match, which was on Smackdown in Spring of '01. Lots of great uses of the hardware surrounding the ring. Lita comes in and pushes over the ladder with Cena on it, and he falls out of the ring through a table. However when she tries to help Edge again, she hits Cena with a chair and causes him to bump Edge off the ladder through two table laying outside the ring. Cena then FU's Lita and begins to climb the ladder. Great finish with Cena catching Edge and FU'ing him off the ladder through two tables and then grabs the belt for the win in about 25 minutes. 10/10. Cena didn't look too happy afterwards about what he did to Edge.
-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 considering he was only on the main roster for just over a year at this time. Good amount of high spots, grounding by both men using the ladder to take the legs away of their opponent. Jeff ends up grabbing the title to retain and win the match. 8/10.
-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. Nitro on his own does well in the match and there's some funny moments with Taylor and Regal being afraid of heights and unwilling to climb the ladder when they had the chance. Also liked the exchanges between The Hardy's and London & Kendrick, it ends with Kendrick and London retrieving the titles in the blink of an eye to retain in this great hard hitting ladder bout. 9/10.
-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 its a good set to have in your collection
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One of the Best Wrestling DVD Sets of All Time18 Jun. 2013
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One of the most transcendent gimmick matches in sports entertainment is without a doubt the ladder match. What started out as a simple concept - the only way for a wrestler to win is to climb the ladder and get the prestigious concept - has become a genesis of some of the most memorable in-ring moments in professional wrestling history. Who could ever forget Shawn Michaels' frog splash off the ladder on Razor Ramon? or Jeff Hardy see-sawing the ladder into the faces of Matt Hardy and Christian? Or Shelton Benjamin using a ladder as a ramp to deliver a clothesline? Or a Dudley and a Hardy falling from a 20-foot ladder through a stack of four tables? This 3-disc DVD set includes some of the craziest, most spectacular and unforgettable ladder matches of all time, matches that redefined, revitalized and reinvented the concept of the "ladder match" to ensure its longevity for years to come.
Quibbles over Todd Grisham's lackluster introductions (with several wrestlers making welcoming cameos) to these matches are understandable, but overall irrelevant. The question remains: do the matches themselves deliver? The answer is a resounding "yes". WWE really outdid themselves with this DVD set and their ingenious choice of matches. Sure, the set is missing a few treasures, but in the end, the quality of the product remains spectacularly high. Not only is "WWE Ladder Match" an exceptional introduction to the ladder match concept, but also one of the best wrestling DVD sets of all time.
Ladder Match for North American Heavyweight Championship and Cash Jake Roberts vs. Big Daddy Ritter Stampede Wrestling, July 1979
-We kick things off with this obscurity from Stampede Wrestling in late 1970s. And it's little wonder why it is. The match is extremely slow and lethargically paced. In fact, it looks like it was severely edited, missing a few opening minutes. Even worse, they use a one-sided ladder, which means that an official has to hold it down for a wrestler to climb. This match works as an historical curosity. Otherwise, take a pass. (*½)
Ladder Match for IC Championship Bret Hart vs. Shawn Michaels July 21, 1992
-Now we're getting somewhere. THIS, not the WMX match, was really the first ladder match in WWE history and it's a very good one. There are no devastating spots and very little unorthodox uses of the ladder as a weapon. It's basically a technical wrestling match with a ladder. Instead, the main drama is both men trying to grab the belt. Bret and Shawn are simply incapable of having a bad match and this match absolutely delivered in spades. Not one of both men's finest hours, but excellent overall. (****¼)
Ladder Match for IC Championship Shawn Michaels vs. Razor Ramon SummerSlam, August 27, 1995
-As much as I love the WMX classic, I am so glad they included the SS1995 rematch here. Don't get me wrong. The original ladder match between HBK and Ramon is a masterpiece, but I love this match due to its amazing heat, emotional drama and brilliant psychology. The duration of the match is Ramon absolutely annihilating HBK's leg with the ladder, a tactic that Rock would perfect against HHH in the next match coming up. The only downside is the botched ending where HBK missed grabbing the belt a few times. Other than that, this match lived up to its hype and nearly equals the original. (****½)
Ladder Match for IC Championship The Rock vs. Hunter Hearst Helmsley SummerSlam, August 30, 1998
-An unforgettable ladder match and a transcendent one for the participants involved. HHH and The Rock had a memorable feud throughout the summer of 1998 (who could forget DX's parody of the Nation?) and this would end it. And boy, did it ended it in style? This match is HHH and Rock beating the living daylights out of each other with the ladder, with the Rock particularly torturing HHH's leg. The monster pop that HHH got when nabbing the belt remains one of the most memorable of all time and he became a star. The Rock didn't do too bad either as afterwards, he became one of the company's biggest stars. Hell of a match and a hell of a way to end the feud, the first of many to come for both men. (****¾).
Terri Invitational Tournament Ladder Match Edge & Christian vs. New Brood No Mercy, October 17, 1999
-Oh yeah, baby. This match, the first ladder match in a tag team environment, kick-started one of the best tag team rivalries of all time and set the standard for ladder matches to come. Edge & Christian and the Hardyz (or the New Brood) were two athletic teams with a cult following before this match came along and turned them into stars. Some of the today's classic tag team spots originated from here, which included a leapfrog legdrop from Jeff off the ladder, powerbombs, reverse DDTs and neckbreaker off of it and the infamous see-saw spot. Even to this day, there is not an ounce of datedness to be found here. An absolute classic. (*****)
Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian vs. Hardy Boyz SummerSlam, August 27, 2000
-Unfortunately, this DVD set does not include groundbreaking triangle ladder match from WrestleMania 2000 here. Instead, we skip to the TLC match from SS2000, which may not be as influential, but is the overall better match. This match is just crazy as all the three teams destroyed themselves with vicious ladder/chair shots and sickening spots. Amongst the memorable spots include Jeff Hardy missing the swanton bomb off the 20-foot ladder and Bubba Ray going through a stack of four tables outside. The ending where Jeff and D'Von were hanging on the belts is just unforgettable. But alas, it was E&C that walked away with the belts. I remember watching this as a kid and being incensed that the Hardyz didn't win the titles in their home state, but viewed today, this remains one of the pinnacles of the illustrious tag team division in the Attitude Era and it deservedly won numerous Match of the Year awards. Unquestionably, one of the best matches of all time. (*****).
Ladder Match for a Contract for the Cruiserweight Championship: 3 Count vs. Jung Dragons vs. Jamie Knoble & Evan Karagias Starrcade, December 17, 2000.
-This is from the dying days of WCW as the company was going down in flames before being bought in 2001. This was when the cruiserweights were taking stage after the departure of the Radicalz, mesmerizing fans with spectacular high-flying action. It's nice that they included a WCW match here and the match certainly delivers as a enthralling train wreck. The only downside is that the match is not as refined as the other WWE ladder matches, mostly due to the lack of booking at the time, as each spot seems more blatantly planned than tightly choreographed. But for anyone else who just doesn't care about in-ring storytelling and want to see human bodies fly in beautiful form, this match will whet your appetite. (***½)
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho. Royal Rumble, January 21, 2001
-Boy, do I feel depressed now. This is the first Chris Benoit match I've seen in 7 years, so you can already guess where my sentiments lie. This was the culmination of the Benoit/Jericho feud of 2000 as they were engaged in a series of great wrestling matches before they settled it in this brutal classic. There was no "car crash" spot or meticulous choreography; just an intense brawl between two guys beating the hell out of each other with ladders. These guys literally destroyed themselves as Benoit got a chair after an attempted tope and even missed a diving head butt off the top of the ladder. The match also marks the debut of the "Walls of Jericho" on the ladder and it looks very impressive even to this day. While this match may be hard to watch today given Benoit's actions, there's no denying that it remains as exciting today as it was back in 2001. (****¾)
Tables, Ladders and Chairs II Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz WrestleMania X-Seven, April 1, 2001
-Amazingly, this match was even better than the one from SummerSlam 2000. And get this? It wasn't even the best match of 2001. That shows you how good WWE was back in the day. There was so much craziness, so many sickening bumps throughout the match, as even the accomplices (Lita, Spike Dudley, Rhyno) got involved and were pulverized. The highlight of the match, without question, is Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from a 20-foot ladder. I remember watching it as a youngster and even I stood up and cheered when it happened. This match basically took all the positive aspects from the Tag Team, triangle and first TLC match and merge it together to become a grand spectacle of human carnage and destruction. Like you don't know what this gets. (*****).
Tables, Ladders and Chairs III Match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Edge & Christian vs. Dudley Boyz vs. Hardy Boyz vs. Chris Benoit & Chris Jericho SmackDown, May 24, 2001
-Often overlooked for a variety of reasons (including, of course, Mr. Benoit himself), this match happened during a period when Benoit and Jericho were being pushed as main eventers against Steve Austin and Triple H. Unfortunately, that push was squandered due to HHH and Benoit's injuries, the latter caused by this match. While it may not be as frantic as the previous TLC matches, the match was more dramatically satisfying as Benoit was injured after going through a table and he and Jericho struggled to overcome many odds to keep the belt. Of course, there wouldn't be a TLC match without spots and there were an abundant, including Christian 3D off the ladder through a table and Jeff Hardy leapfrogging over a 20-foot ladder on Bubba Ray Dudley through an announcement table. This was, unfortunately, the last great ladder match from all three teams involved, as most of their subsequent matches as both singles and tag team competitors never came close to the magic they delivered in matches like this. (****½).
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Christian vs. Edge No Mercy, October 21, 2001
-Case in point, this match. That is not to say that this match was bad; in fact, it's very good. But there was no sense of astonishment that made the earlier ladder matches so special. Of course, this match is best known for two former partners going at it in a match that they helped define together as a team. It was a skillfully choreographed match, with both men make effective use of the ladder, but it needed a couple of epic spots to make it memorable. On the bright side, seeing Edge use the conchairto on his brother on the ladder made for a very satisfying end. (***½).
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Eddie Guerrero vs. Rob Van Dam Raw, May 27, 2002
-Eddie Guerrero's triumphant return and battles with RVD were few highlights of an otherwise dismal year for WWE, particularly RAW. They had two previous encounters for the IC title before settling the score with this match on RAW. This match was a fast-paced, high-spot dazzler that showed that Eddie was back on top form after a year-long absence. Eddie and RVD literally beat the tar out of each other with the ladder, with Eddie performing a hilo, a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and a sunset-flip power bomb and RVD performing his signature moves with it. The only flaw, like the HBK/Ramon match, was the ending, where it looked like RVD was going for a five-star off the ladder, but wound up falling. Otherwise, this was one of the best matches on WWE TV for the year. (****½).
Ladder Match for the Undisputed WWE Championship: Undertaker vs. Jeff Hardy Raw, July 1, 2002
-THIS, however, was NOT one of the best matches on WWE TV that year. I don't mean to sound like a contrarian, but I cannot understand the love that this match gets from fans. Jeff Hardy was a shell of his former self at the time and, as much as I love Undertaker, heel or face, I hated the American Bad A-- gimmick. This match was hyped as Jeff Hardy's once-in-a-lifetime shot at the Undertaker's WWE Championship and it sure looked like it. Even though the story was Jeff being the underdog, Taker treated him like a joke, where he had the match won a couple of times and chose to inflict more punishment and Jeff only performed one spot that was memorable, that being the somersault tope off the ladder on Taker. Of course, Taker wins and Jeff Hardy earns his respect. Unfortunately, this did nothing for Jeff Hardy's career at the time as he relinquished in midcard hell before being released in 2003. Sluggish and dull, with a couple of good spots (**½)
Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships: Kane & the Hurricane vs. Rob Van Dam & Jeff Hardy vs. Bubba Ray Dudley & Spike Dudley vs. Chris Jericho & Christian. Raw, May 27, 2002
-Just to show you how badly the WWE was doing in 2002: they promote Hurricane as a participant in the match and he doesn't even show up. So Kane has to go at it alone, taking on all the three teams without his partner. With the exception of that subplot, this match is basically a rehash of all the TLC matches, compressed in TV form. It's a fun match to watch, but there was little drama throughout the battle (only Kane's struggle to win on his own felt gripping) and the winner could be seen coming from a mile away. Thankfully, they ended showing the match just before HHH came out and accuse Kane of being a murderer, jumpstarting the reviled "Katie Vick" angle. Another interesting note: this was the match where Bubba Ray Dudley sustained such a nasty concussion that he completely forgot everything that happened in the match. (***½)
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Christian vs. Chris Jericho Unforgiven, September 12, 2004.
-When Edge suffered a groin injury in late 2004, he was forced to forfeit the Intercontinental belt. The contenders for the belt were Jericho and the returning Christian. Their shot at the IC title would be decided in a ladder match. This was by-the-books ladder match: good, but nothing special. Clearly, they were off their game that night as the pacing was all over the place and they rehashed most of the spots they've done in the past. But it was still a solid match and Jericho winning the Intercontinental title was a pleasant surprise. (***¼).
Money in the Bank Ladder Match: Chris Benoit vs. Chris Jericho vs. Edge vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Christian vs. Kane WrestleMania 21, April 3, 2005
-The first Money in the Bank ladder match and undoubtedly the best. Chaos abounded everywhere as all six men used the ladder to destroy one another. This was inspired chaos, the likes not seen since the TLC matches in 2001. I especially loved the way Kane was used here, as an indestructible force that could undermine everything. But the star of the match was Shelton Benjamin, who delivered two of the most memorable spots: the T-bone suplex off the ladder and the jaw-dropping running clothesline off the ladder on Jericho. Watching that for the first time left me in utter awe. Even to this day, I'm still amazed. Benoit's head butt off the ladder on Kane is also another highlight. But in the end, the victory went to Edge, getting the win of his career and starting his run as a bona fide main eventer. Absolutely fantastic. I'm glad they put this match on the set. (****¾).
Ladder Match for Dominick's Custody Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio SummerSlam, August 21, 2005
-How do you screw up a solid feud between two great athletes? By inserting a stupid storyline in it. That's exactly what happened to Eddie and Rey in the summer of 2005, as they no longer feuded over who the better wrestler was, but who would get custody of Rey's son Dominick. To be fair, a phenomenal ladder match between these two would make up for a laughable storyline, right? Unfortunately, the match was merely good. Rey and Eddie are incapable of having a lousy match and this wasn't one of them. But the storyline overtook the match, with Dominick and Vicki Guerrero interfering in the match. Nor did it help that it featured a botched sunset-flip bomb and a sloppy backdrop, which both stood out like sore thumbs. When Rey grabs the briefcase and dangles on the hook, one doesn't get the sense that they saw a great match, but that they're glad that the feud is over. (***¼).
"Loser Leaves Raw" Ladder Match: Edge vs. Matt Hardy Raw, October 3, 2005
Speaking of feuds ending, we have this. Edge and Matt Hardy had an intensely personal feud throughout the summer, due to Lita having an affair with Edge, and this match would settle it The loser, of course, leaves RAW. This ladder match, as one reviewer pointed out, was more of a fight than a ladder match. But the ladder was used inventively by its participants, including one by Matt where he sandwiches the ladder on Edge (it could be seen on the DVD set when opened). Kendo sticks, chairs and a table were also involved, but Lita proved to be the ultimate factor as she prevented Matt from winning by tying him up around the ropes with her legs. Edge wins to become one of the WWE's biggest stars while Matt Hardy will be stuck in SmackDown midcard until his release in 2009. Very good TV match. (***½).
Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Championship: Edge vs. Ric Flair Raw, January 16, 2006
-This was after Edge cashed in the Money in the Bank to become WWE Champion. This match was a change of pace from previous ladder matches as it was not an epic spotfest or a brutal brawl, but a classic story of a washed-up underdog going for one last shot against a younger, healthier champion. Despite reservations of Flair being in this environment, this was a fantastic match that told a great story and got the fans involved. There were moments when Flair really looked like he was going to win. There was even a moment when Flair took a suplex off the ladder and we felt that he was done for. Even though Edge won the match, Flair proved to the world that he was still the man. THIS was how the Jeff Hardy/Undertaker match should have been like. (****).
Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match for the WWE Championship: John Cena vs. Edge Unforgiven, September 17, 2006
-Man, Edge is everywhere on this set. He and John Cena had a fantastic feud in 2006, which all came to a head at Unforgiven in Edge's hometown of Toronto, Ontario. The stipulation was that if Cena loses, he goes to SmackDown. Wow, is SmackDown really that bad of a show that going there is considered a form of punishment? Anyway, the TLC match rocked my socks off. Edge shows why he is the master of this environment, and no matter how you feel about John Cena, you cannot deny that he delivers the goods on PPV, which this match shows. Seeing Cena FU Edge off the ladder through two tables was truly a sight to see. It's not perfect; there are a few minor botches, such as failed sunset-flip bomb through a table and a weak chair shot by Cena, but overall, a tremendous effort by both men. (****¼)
Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship: Jeff Hardy vs. Johnny Nitro Raw, November 20, 2006
-After a three-year long absence, Jeff Hardy made his return to the WWE, this time, in better form. As soon as he returned, he feuded with Johnny Nitro over the Intercontinental Championship. One of their best matches was the ladder match on Raw, the week before Survivor Series 2006. Even though Nitro has never been in a ladder match, watching this match, you would think he was in many beforehand. There was an onslaught of terrifically sick ladder spots, including a dropkick by Nitro off the ladder and Jeff missing the swanton bomb on Nitro and hitting the ladder instead. One of the most personal favorites is Nitro throwing a ladder at Jeff and his head being wrapped around the ladder. This match proved that Jeff Hardy was back with a vengeance and that Johnny Nitro was the future of the company. An underrated classic. (****½)
Fatal Four-Way Ladder Match for the WWE Tag Team Championships Paul London & Brian Kendrick vs. the Hardyz vs. MNM vs. William Regal & Dave Taylor
-The last match on the set and a pure delight for ladder match fans of all ages. The match was originally scheduled to be London/Hendrick vs. Regal/Taylor in a normal tag team match, but to make a good match even better, Teddy Long makes it a fatal-four way ladder match which will also involve MNM and the Hardyz. And thank God cause this match is terrific. It's sloppy, messy and a complete utter trainwreck, but in a good way. There was non-stop action everywhere as bodies were literally thrown off the ladder onto the hard canvas. This match is, of course, notorious for the infamous sea-saw spot that destroyed Joey Mercury's nose and it's pretty sickening to watch. There's even a good dose of comedy in Regal/Taylor's fear of climbing ladders. Kendrick/London barely retain the belts in a hard-fought battle. What a great way to end this DVD set. (****½)
With multiple ****+ matches and not a single DUD in sight, this has to be one of the greatest wrestling DVD sets of all time. This set is so good that you won't notice there's anything else missing. Okay, there's the obligatory WMX classic and the triangle ladder match at WrestleMania 2000, but then there's also Christian vs. RVD on RAW September 2003, Edge & Christian vs. Hardyz on RAW September 2000, Rock vs. Mankind on RAW February 1999, RVD vs. Jeff Hardy in SummerSlam 2001, Syxx vs. Eddie Guerrero in Souled Out 1997 and the Money in the Bank matches in WrestleMania 22 and 23. But overall, that's very nit-picky.
I cannot recommend this DVD set enough to all wrestling fans, particularly those that love ladder matches. As an introduction to the ladder match, it is sublime. As a collection of high-quality matches, it is absolutely superb.