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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. 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. 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, Canadamarker 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. In 1971, Kendo Nagasaki competed in a ladder match on the popular World of Sport.

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 World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment

Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
Bret Hart defeated Shawn Michaels Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship WWF Superstars of Wrestling July 21, 1992
Philadelphia, PA
Razor Ramon defeated Shawn Michaels WrestleMania X March 20, 1994
New York, NYmarker
Shawn Michaels defeated Razor Ramon SummerSlam August 27, 1995
Pittsburgh, PAmarker
Shawn Michaels defeated Goldust WWF X-Perience House show August 24, 1996
Toronto, ONmarker
Triple H defeated The Rock SummerSlam August 30, 1998
New York, NY
The Big Boss Man defeated Mankind RAW is WAR November 30, 1998
Baltimore, MDmarker
The Rock defeated Mankind RAW is WAR February 15, 1999
Birmingham, ALmarker
Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon defeated Steve Austin King of the Ring June 27, 1999
Greensboro, NCmarker
New Brood (Matt and Jeff Hardy) defeated Edge and Christian No Mercy October 17, 1999
Cleveland, OHmarker
Edge & Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000
Anaheim, CAmarker
The Hardy Boyz defeated Edge & Christian RAW is WAR September 25, 2000
State College, PAmarker
Chris Jericho defeated Chris Benoit Royal Rumble January 21, 2001
New Orleans, LAmarker
Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit Judgment Day May 20, 2001
Sacramento, CAmarker
Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy SummerSlam August 19, 2001
San Jose, CAmarker
Edge defeated Christian No Mercy October 21, 2001
St.marker

Louis, MOmarker
Rob Van Dam defeated Eddie Guerrero WWE Raw May 27, 2002
Edmonton, ABmarker
The Undertaker defeated Jeff Hardy WWE Raw July 1, 2002
Manchester, NHmarker
Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy WWE Raw July 22, 2002
Grand Rapids, MImarker
Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels Armageddon December 15, 2002

Sunrise, FLmarker
Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin Judgment Day May 18, 2003

Charlotte, NCmarker
Rob Van Dam defeated Christian WWE Raw September 29, 2003
Chicago, ILmarker
Chris Jericho defeated Christian Unforgiven September 12, 2004
Portland, ORmarker
Kurt Angle defeated Mike Haywood Angle Invitational ladder match SmackDown! March 10, 2005
Roanoke, VAmarker
Rey Mysterio defeated Eddie Guerrero SummerSlam August 21, 2005
Washington, D.C.marker
Edge (with Lita) defeated Matt Hardy WWE Homecoming October 3, 2005
Dallas, TXmarker
Sabu defeated Rob Van Dam ECW on Sci Fi August 15, 2006
Washington, D.C.
Rob Van Dam defeated The Big Show ECW on Sci Fi October 24, 2006
St.

Louis, MO
Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro WWE Raw November 20, 2006
Baltimore, MD
Paul London and Brian Kendrick defeated William Regal & Dave Taylor, MNM, and The Hardys Armageddon December 17, 2006
Richmond, VAmarker
Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro, Shelton Benjamin and Carlito House Show December 26, 2006
Albany, NYmarker
Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro and Carlito House Show December 27, 2006
Rochester, NY
Jeff Hardy defeated Johnny Nitro and Carlito House Show December 30, 2006
Greensboro, NCmarker
The Hardys defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin One Night Stand June 3, 2007
Jacksonville, FLmarker
Jeff Hardy defeated Carlito WWE Raw's 15th Anniversary December 10, 2007
Bridgeport, CTmarker
Chris Jericho defeated Shawn Michaels No Mercy October 5, 2008
Portland, OR
Jeff Hardy defeated Edge Extreme Rules June 7, 2009
New Orleans, LA
Jeff Hardy defeated CM Punk House Show August 7, 2009
Denver, Colorado
Christian vs. Shelton Benjamin TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 13, 2009
San Antonio, Texas


Ladder Matches in World Championship Wrestling

Match Event, Date and Location
Eddie Guerrero defeated Syxx to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Souled Out

January 25, 1997, Cedar Rapids, Iowamarker
Bill Goldberg defeated Scott Hall (Tazer match) Souled Out

January 17, 1999, Charleston, West Virginiamarker
Bam Bam Bigelow fought Scott Hall to a no-contest WCW Monday Nitro

January 25, 1999, Dallasmarker, Texasmarker
Scott Hall defeated Bret Hart, Bill Goldberg, and Sid Vicious to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[126744] WCW Monday Nitro

November 8, 1999, Indianapolismarker, Indianamarker
Chris Benoit defeated Jeff Jarrett to retain the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Starrcade

December 19, 1999, Washington, D.C.marker
Jeff Jarrett defeated Chris Benoit to win the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship[126745] WCW Monday Nitro

December 20, 1999, Baltimore, Marylandmarker
The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang) defeated 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias)[126746] WCW Nitro

July 18, 2000, Auburn Hills, Michiganmarker
3 Count defeated The Jung Dragons New Blood Rising

August 13, 2000, Vancouvermarker, British Columbiamarker
Konnan and Rey Misterio Jr. defeated The Boogie Knights (Alex Wright and Disco Inferno)[126747] WCW Monday Nitro

October 2, 2000, San Francisco, Californiamarker
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 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, Nashvillemarker, Tennesseemarker
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. Ɓguila, 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, Floridamarker.
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, Oshawamarker, Ontariomarker, Canadamarker
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 Wrestling A.J. Styles defeated Teddy Hart and Sabu to win the Natural Championship Ballpark Brawl III, August 14, 2004, Buffalo, New Yorkmarker in a TLC Match
Chikara Jimmy Olsen defeated Vin Gerard to win the Young Lions Cup Revelation X, January 25, 2009, Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker
Combat Zone Wrestling Ruckus defeated Sonjay Dutt and Chri$ Ca$h Night of Infamy, November 9, 2002, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone Wrestling Messiah defeated Adam Flash and Kaos for the CZW Heavyweight Championship Cage of Death VI, December 11, 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone Wrestling Scotty Vortekz defeated Cloudy for the CZW Junior Heavyweight Championship Dishonorable Conduct, August 11, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone Wrestling Ruckus defeated Human Tornado Choosing Sides, October 13, 2007, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Combat Zone Wrestling Ryan 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, Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker
Extreme Championship Wrestling The Sandman defeated Sabu House Party '98, January 10, 1998, Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker in a Stairway to Hell Match
Extreme Championship Wrestling The Sandman defeated Steve Corino (with Jack Victory) (c) and Justin Credible Guilty as Charged, January 7, 2001, New Yorkmarker, New Yorkmarker in a Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Canes match.
Frontier Wrestling Alliance Jody Fleisch defeated Flash Barker to win the FWA British Heavyweight Championship FWA British Uprising, October 13, 2002, Londonmarker, United Kingdommarker
Jersey All Pro Wrestling Archadia defeated Grim Reefer for the JAPW New Jersey State Championship Tenth Anniversary Show, October 27, 2007, Rahway, NJmarker
Ohio Valley Wrestling Katie 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 Wrestling Raven defeated The Sandman and Sabu to win the 3PW Heavyweight Championship House show, November 22, 2003, Philadelphiamarker, Pennsylvaniamarker in a TLC Match
Real Action Wrestling Chi Chi Cruz defeated Garry Williams to win the RAW Heavyweight Championship July 29, 2002
Ring of Honor The Briscoe Brothers defeated Kevin Steen and El Generico for the ROH World Tag Team Championship ROH Man Up, September 15, 2007, Chicago, ILmarker
Smoky Mountain Wrestling Tracy Smothers defeated Chris Candido Blue Grass Brawl 2, April 1, 1994, Pikeville, KY
Stampede Wrestling Dan Kroffat defeated Tor Kamata House show, September, 1972, Calgary
First ever ladder match in history of wrestling.
Stampede Wrestling Big Daddy Ritter defeated Jake Roberts for the Stampede North American Heavyweight Championship House show, July 1, 1979, Calgary
Stampede Wrestling Bret Hart defeated Bad News Brown House show, July, 1983, Calgary
World Wrestling All-Stars Juventud Guerrera defeated Psicosis to WWA International Cruiserweight Championship Taped pay-per-view, October 26, 2001, Sydneymarker, Australia aired January 6, 2002
Wrestling Society X Vampiro 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 X Alkatrazz & Luke Hawx defeated Kaos & Aguilera TV Taped Episode, November 12, 2006, Los Angelesmarker, Californiamarker


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).


References

  1. http://fans.wwe.com/deanomac98/blog/2008/09/29/the history of the ladder match in wwe


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