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Laddermatch

A ladder match is a type of match in professional wrestling that is most commonly used to describe a match where an item (usually a title belt) is hung above the ring, and the winner is the contestant who climbs a ladder and retrieves the item.[1] The ladder itself becomes a key feature of the match, as wrestlers will use the ladder as a weapon to strike the opponent(s), as a launching pad for acrobatic attacks, and frequently these matches include impressive falls from the top of the ladder.[1] However, there were very few matches in which the hung item must be used in a special manner in order to win the match, such as striking the opponent with the item (see Goldberg Vs. Scott Hall Tazer match, where one must strike the opponent with the Tazer, regardless of who retrieved the Tazer first).

Ladder matches are often used as a finale to storylines and it is more common to have symbolic briefcases (usually "containing" a contract for a future championship match) or championships belts hung above the ring. Ladder matches and their variants (such as TLC and Full Metal Mayhem) are often used in feuds that involve a dispute over possession of an item (such as a stolen title belt or the "paperwork" for the contractual services of a manager). Ladder matches are almost always fought under no disqualification rules.

Origins

The ladder match could have been invented by either Dan Kroffat of the Stampede Wrestling organization out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada or Japanese wrestler Kendo Nagasaki. In September 1972, Stampede Wrestling held the first-ever ladder match between Dan Kroffat and Tor Kamata, where the object to be grabbed was a wad of money.[2] In 1971, Kendo Nagasaki competed in a ladder match on the popular World of Sport.[citation needed]

In July 1983, Stampede Wrestling held a ladder match where Bret Hart faced off against Bad News Brown. Hart went on to join the WWF and suggested this type of match to promoter Vince McMahon, where the gimmick achieved its current popularity.

Ladder matches in the WWF/E

No Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
I Bret Hart defeated Shawn Michaels[3] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship House Show July 21 1992
Portland, ME
II Razor Ramon defeated Shawn Michaels[4][5] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania X March 20 1994
New York, NY
III Jeff Jarrett defeated Razor Ramon[6] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship Monday Night Raw June 5 1995
Struthers, OH
IV Shawn Michaels defeated Razor Ramon[7][8] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 27 1995
Pittsburgh, PA
V Triple H defeated The Rock[9][10] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 30 1998
New York, NY
VI The Big Boss Man defeated Mankind[11] Ladder match for the WWF Hardcore Championship RAW is WAR November 30 1998
Baltimore, MD
VII The Rock defeated Mankind[12] Ladder match for the WWF Championship RAW is WAR February 15 1999
Birmingham, AL
VIII Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon defeated Steve Austin[13][14] Handicap ladder match for 100% WWF ownership King of the Ring June 27 1999
Greensboro, NC
IX New Brood (Matt and Jeff Hardy) defeated Edge & Christian[15][16] Tag Team ladder match in the final of Terri Invitational Tournament to win Terri Runnels' managerial services and $100,000 No Mercy October 17 1999
Cleveland, OH
X Edge & Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz[17][18] Triangle ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 2000 April 2 2000
Anaheim, CA
XII The Hardy Boyz defeated Edge & Christian[19] Tag Team ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship RAW is WAR September 25, 2000
State College, PA
XIII Chris Jericho defeated Chris Benoit[20][21] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship Royal Rumble January 21 2001
New Orleans, LA
XV Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit[22] Third fall in a Three Stages of Hell match Judgment Day May 20, 2001
Sacramento, CA
XVII Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy[23] Ladder match for the WWF Hardcore Championship SummerSlam August 19, 2001
San Jose, CA
XVIII Edge defeated Christian[24] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship No Mercy October 21, 2001
St. Louis, MO
XIX Rob Van Dam defeated Eddie Guerrero[25] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WWE Raw May 27, 2002
Edmonton, AB
XX The Undertaker defeated Jeff Hardy[26] Ladder match for the WWE Undisputed Championship WWE Raw July 1, 2002
Manchester, NH
XXI Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy[27] Ladder match to unify the WWE Intercontinental Championship and the WWE European Championship WWE Raw July 22, 2002
Grand Rapids, MI
XXIII Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels[28] Third fall in a Three Stages of Hell match for the World Heavyweight Championship Armageddon December 15, 2002
Sunrise, FL
XXIV Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri defeated Team Angle[29] Tag Team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Judgment Day May 18, 2003
Charlotte, NC
XXV Rob Van Dam defeated Christian[30] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WWE Raw September 29, 2003
Chicago, IL
XXVI Chris Jericho defeated Christian[31] Ladder match for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship Unforgiven September 12, 2004
Portland, OR
XXVII Kurt Angle defeated Mike Haywood[32] Angle Invitational ladder match SmackDown! March 10, 2005
Roanoke, VA
XXVIII Edge defeated Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Chris Benoit, Christian (w/Tyson Tomko), and Kane[33] Money in the Bank ladder match WrestleMania 21 April 3 2005
Los Angeles, CA
XXIX Rey Mysterio defeated Eddie Guerrero[34] Ladder match for the custody of Dominick SummerSlam August 21, 2005
Washington, D.C.
XXX Edge (w/ Lita) defeated Matt Hardy[35] Loser Leaves Raw Money in the Bank ladder match WWE Homecoming October 3, 2005
Dallas, TX
XXXII Rob Van Dam defeated Matt Hardy, Finlay, Shelton Benjamin, Bobby Lashley, and Ric Flair[36] Money in the Bank II WrestleMania 22 April 2, 2006
Chicago, IL
XXXIII Sabu defeated Rob Van Dam[37] To become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW World Championship ECW on Sci-Fi August 15,2006
Washington, D.C.
XXXV Rob Van Dam defeated The Big Show[38] To become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW World Championship ECW on Sci-Fi October 24,2006
St. Louis, MO
XXXVI Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro[39] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WWE Raw November 20,2006
Baltimore, MD
XXXVII Paul London and Brian Kendrick defeated William Regal & Dave Taylor, MNM, and The Hardys[40] Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Armageddon December 17, 2006
Richmond, VA
XXXVIII Mr. Kennedy defeated Edge, CM Punk, King Booker, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy, Finlay and Randy Orton[41] Money in the Bank III WrestleMania 23 April 1, 2007
Detroit, MI
XXXIX The Hardys defeated the World's Greatest Tag Team[42] Tag Team ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship One Night Stand June 3, 2007
Jacksonville, FL
XL Jeff Hardy defeated Carlito[43] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WWE Raw's 15th Anniversary December 10, 2007
Bridgeport, CT
XLI CM Punk defeated Carlito, Montel Vontavious Porter, Chris Jericho, Shelton Benjamin, Mr. Kennedy and John Morrison[44] Money in the Bank IV WrestleMania XXIV March 30, 2008</br>Orlando, FL
XLIII Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Michaels Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship No Mercy October 5, 2008
Portland, OR

Ladder Matches in World Championship Wrestling

Match Event, Date and Location
Eddie Guerrero defeated Syxx to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[45] Souled Out
January 25, 1997, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Bill Goldberg defeated Scott Hall (Tazer match)[46] Souled Out
January 17, 1999, Charleston, West Virginia
Bam Bam Bigelow fought Scott Hall to a no-contest[47] WCW Monday Nitro
January 25, 1999, Dallas, Texas
Scott Hall defeated Bret Hart, Bill Goldberg, and Sid Vicious to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[1] WCW Monday Nitro
November 8, 1999, Indianapolis, Indiana
Chris Benoit defeated Jeff Jarrett to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[48] Starrcade
December 19, 1999, Washington, D.C.
Jeff Jarrett defeated Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[2] WCW Monday Nitro
December 20, 1999, Baltimore, Maryland
The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang) defeated 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias)[3] WCW Nitro
July 18, 2000, Auburn Hills, Michigan
3 Count defeated The Jung Dragons[49] New Blood Rising
August 13, 2000, Vancouver, British Columbia
Konnan and Rey Misterio Jr. defeated The Boogie Knights (Alex Wright and Disco Inferno)[4] WCW Monday Nitro
October 2, 2000, San Francisco, California
3 Count (Shane Helms and Shannon Moore) defeated The Jung Dragons (Yun Yang and Kaz Hayashi) (w/Leia Meow) and Jamie Knoble and Evan Karagias to became the Co-No.1 Contender of WCW Cruiserweight Championship[50] Starrcade
December 17, 2000, Washington, D.C.

Ladder Matches in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling

Match Event, Date and Location
Sabu defeated Malice NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 5
July 13, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
Ken Shamrock fought Sabu to a no-contest NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 6
July 24, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
Jerry Lynn defeated Low Ki and A.J. Styles to win the NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 11
August 28, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
Jerry Lynn defeated A.J. Styles to retain the NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 14
October 2, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
Syxx-Pac defeated Tony Mamaluke, Jose Maximo, Joel Maximo, Kid Kash, A.J. Styles, Ace Steel, Rick Michaels, & Chris Michaels to win the vacated NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 15
October 9, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
Raven defeated A.J. Styles to become the #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 36
March 19, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee
Dusty Rhodes defeated Brian Lawler NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 39
April 9, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee
Abyss defeated A.J. Styles to become #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 85
March 19, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
Eric Young defeated Mr. Águila, Jerry Lynn, and Taichi Ishikari to advance in the TNA World X Cup. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 95
May 26, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
The Naturals (Chase Stevens & Andy Douglas) defeated America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 102
July 14, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
Jeff Jarrett defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship TNA Victory Road
November 5, 2004, Orlando, Florida.
Abyss defeated Jeff Hardy (in Full Metal Mayhem) to become #1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. TNA Against All Odds
February 13, 2005, Orlando, Florida
Christian Cage defeated Abyss to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship (in Full Metal Mayhem) TNA Sacrifice
May 14, 2006, Orlando, Florida
LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) defeated America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) in a Flag Match. TNA Turning Point
December 10, 2006, Orlando, Florida
Jerry Lynn defeated Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Austin Starr, and Senshi to become #1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship. TNA Impact!
February 22, 2007, Orlando, Florida
Abyss & Sting defeated Christian Cage & A.J. Styles for Abyss to face Cage at Hard Justice 2007. TNA Impact!
August 2, 2007, Orlando, Florida
Kaz defeated Christian Cage to become #1 Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Genesis 2007
November 11, 2007, Orlando, Florida
Johnny Devine and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machineguns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) to retain possession of the TNA X Division Championship. TNA Impact!
December 6, 2007, Orlando, Florida
Kaz defeated A.J. Styles (the stipulation for this match was the loser had to wear a reindeer costume) TNA Impact!
December 20, 2007, Orlando, Florida
James Storm defeated Eric Young to win the TNA World Beer Drinking Championship TNA Impact! March 4, 2008 Orlando, Florida
Gail Kim defeated Roxxi to earn a future shot at the TNA Knockouts World Championship Sacrifice May 11 2008 Orlando, Florida
A.J. Styles defeated Kurt Angle to win Angle's olympic gold medal Impact!
August 28, 2008, Orlando, Florida
Sonjay Dutt defeated Jay Lethal Ladder of Love match
No Surrender
September 14, 2008, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Abyss and Matt Morgan defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon), LAX (Homicide and Hernandez) and Hiroshi Tanahashi & Volador TNA Impact
October 23, 2008, Orlando, Florida
Alex Shelley defeated Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, and Consequences Creed TNA Impact
February 23, 2009, Orlando, Florida

(1) This match began off as a Battle Royal but when it came down to 2 competitors it became a ladder match.

(2) The big red X, usually associated with the Ultimate X match, was used instead of a belt to win the match.
Impact!
November 6, 2008, Orlando, Florida

Sojouner Bolt defeated Taylor Wilde || TNA Impact
April 14,2009,Orlando,Florida

Ladder matches elsewhere

Federation Match Event, Date and Location
Ballpark Brawl WrestlingA.J. Styles defeated Teddy Hart and Sabu to win the Natural Championship Ballpark Brawl III, August 14,2004, Buffalo, New York in a TLC Match
ChikaraJimmy Olsen defeated Vin Gerard to win the Young Lions Cup Revelation X, January 25,2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone WrestlingRuckus defeated Sonjay Dutt and Chri$ Ca$h Night of Infamy, November 9,2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone WrestlingMessiah defeated Adam Flash and Kaos for the CZW Heavyweight Championship Cage of Death VI, December 11,2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone WrestlingScotty Vortekz defeated Cloudy for the CZW Junior Heavyweight Championship Dishonorable Conduct, August 11,2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone WrestlingRuckus defeated Human Tornado Choosing Sides, October 13,2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone WrestlingRyan McBride defeated Pinkie Sanchez, Dan Paysan, Quick Carter Gray, and Egotistico Fantastico for the vacant CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship Cage of Death X, December 13, 2008, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Extreme Championship Wrestling The Sandman defeated Sabu House Party '98, January 10,1998, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a Stairway to Hell Match
Extreme Championship WrestlingThe Sandman defeated Steve Corino (with Jack Victory) (c) and Justin Credible Guilty as Charged, January 7,2001, New York, New York in a Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Canes match.
Frontier Wrestling AllianceJody Fleisch defeated Flash Barker to win the FWA British Heavyweight Championship FWA British Uprising, October 13, 2002, London, United Kingdom
Jersey All Pro WrestlingArchadia defeated Grim Reefer for the JAPW New Jersey State Championship Tenth Anniversary Show, October 27,2007, Rahway, NJ
Ohio Valley WrestlingKatie Lea defeated Beth Phoenix for Undisputed OVW Women's Championship TV taped show, December 20, 2006, Lousiville, Kentucky
1st ever Women's Ladder Match and 1st Ladder match in OVW
Pro-Pain Pro WrestlingRaven defeated The Sandman and Sabu to win the 3PW Heavyweight Championship House show, November 22,2003, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in a TLC Match
Ring of HonorThe Briscoe Brothers defeated Kevin Steen and El Generico for the ROH World Tag Team Championship ROH Man Up, September 15, 2007, Chicago, IL
Smoky Mountain WrestlingTracy Smothers defeated Chris Candido Blue Grass Brawl 2, April 1, 1994, Pikeville, KY
Stampede WrestlingDan Kroffat defeated Tor Kamata House show, September, 1972, Calgary
First ever ladder match in history of wrestling.
Stampede WrestlingBig Daddy Ritter defeated Jake Roberts for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship House show, July 1,1979, Calgary
Stampede WrestlingBret Hart defeated Bad News Brown House show, July,1983, Calgary
World Wrestling All-StarsJuventud Guerrera defeated Psicosis to WWA International Cruiserweight Championship Taped pay-per-view, October 26,2001, Sydney, Australia aired January 6, 2002
Wrestling Society XVampiro and 6-Pac defeated Justin Credible, Chris Hamrick, Teddy Hart, New Jack, and others WSX pilot episode, February 9,2006, Secret Location in a Death Match Rumble
Wrestling Society XAlkatrazz & Luke Hawx defeated Kaos & Aguilera TV Taped Episode, November 12,2006, Los Angeles, California

Other variations

  • King of the Mountain match - Used in TNA; essentially a ladder match in reverse, the winner (referred to as the "King of the Mountain") is the first person to attach the object specified beforehand (usually a championship belt) to the wire above the ring. However, wrestlers cannot go for the belt until they've scored a pinfall, after which the pinned wrestler must spend some time in a penalty box.
  • Ultimate X match - Used in TNA; essentially a ladder match contested by the TNA X-Division. The match features a structure that consists of two wires strung above the ring, forming an 'X'. The wrestlers climb the structure that holds the wires, makes their way across the wires to the center of the structure, and retrieves the 'X' while hanging from the wires. Although very similar to a ladder match, ladders are rarely used as a part of an unwritten rule of sorts, with the on exception of Team 3D in X14.
  • Stairway to Hell - Used mainly in ECW; in this variation instead of a title being suspended above the ring there's a weapon, usually a ball of barbed wire or a kendo stick. Once you've taken down the weapon you are then free to use it, you win the match via pin or submission the same as a singles match.
  • Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match - Variation of the ladder match where tables and chairs are also permitted (and their use is encouraged). Referred to at times simply as TLC matches.
  • Money in the Bank ladder match - Exclusively used in WWE; a Ladder match where multiple competitors try to climb a ladder to obtain a contract for a future World Title shot against any champion within the next 12 months. Challenger chooses time and place. Match has taken place at every WrestleMania since WrestleMania 21.
  • Tables, Ladders, and Cervezas match - Exclusively used in WSX; variation of the Tables, Ladder, and Chairs match except instead of permitting chairs, cervezas (Spanish for beers) is permitted along with tables and ladders (and their use is encouraged).

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