Hello again wrestling fanatics and welcome to yet another countdown at Pounding 7’s. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving, your bellys are full, and for some you are ready to get back to work. Yeah me either. So sit back and relax as this week I will enlighten you all with the top 7 ladder matches of all time in the WWE. To be fair to the individual matches. I left out any and all Money in the Bank matches, so before you start writing to me in disgust, that was my reason.
Let’s get right to it.
Trevor (not that Trevor) from Wilmington asks about the current structure of the Universal title.
What was the plan for Finn Balor as the Universal Champion before he was injured? After his injury, why didn’t they just pull a swerve and have Rollins win the match? Wouldn’t that have made more sense?
I guess you can look at this a couple of different ways, as far as why they didnt just give the belt to Rollins after he was injured. First off, they did not know exactly how serious the injury was when it happened. Balor was able to continue the match, and he did not appear to be that bad off. It was not until the next day that they realized there was damage. So that’s why they did not turn the match around. Also, they did not really have plans for Seth Rollins to win the Universal Championship. There really was not a plan to have him even in the title picture, but it played out that way because of the injury. The plan for Balor was to feud against Chris Jericho for the Universal Championship for the remainder of the year, kind of how Owens and Rollins are now. Then Kevin Owens would insert himself in the title picture and start a feud with Balor, which would culminate at Wrestlemania 33. This actually is still the plan for these two to face off at Mania for the Universal title, as long as Finn Balor is ready to go.
At Summerslam 1996, The Undertaker faced off against Mankind in a boiler room brawl match. The match would start in the boiler room and whoever made it to the the ring and grab the urn held by Paul Bearer who was standing inside the middle of the ring, would be the winner. Paul Bearer, who was the manager of the Undertaker for many years prior to this was expected to hand over the urn to the Undertaker and he would be victorious. What happened was a complete shock, as the Undertaker reached for the urn, Bearer hit the Undertaker over the head with the urn, and then did the unthinkable. He handed the urn to Mankind and joining forces with him, turning heel in the process.
And here we go with the top 7 ladder matches of all time! Instead of going through every match in detail. I will do a quick summary and advice you to go to the WWE Network or YouTube and watch these matches, you will not be disappointed.
First we will start with our honorable mentions. This was a tough list to rank, let me just say that.
The Undertaker vs Jeff Hardy- This ladder match really put Jeff Hardy on the map as a singles wrestler. This happened on Raw for the Undisputed Championship. While the Undertaker won the match, he gave Hardy respect after the match.
Edge vs Christian- I got to see this LIVE in person at No Mercy 2002. Christian came in as the Intercontinental Champion, but Edge walked out the champion after an intense match that went back and forth.
Jeff Hardy vs Edge- I can say instant classic for many of these matches on the countdown, and this match would be included. Hardy defeated Edge to capture the World Heavyweight Championship, only to lose the title to CM Punk, after he cashed in his Money in the Bank briefcase.
7. Neville vs Bo Dallas- How on Earth does Bo Dallas make it on to a countdown. Seriously watch this match where Neville won the NXT Championship and you too will simply… BO-LIEVE.
6. Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels- The first ever ladder match in the WWE featured a match for the Intercontinental Championship. This match was not on a Pay Per View, but may have been a match of the year candidate in the event that award was around back in 1992.
5. The Dudley Boys vs Edge and Christian vs the Hardy Boys- Wrestlemania 2000 saw the first ever TLC match between the three best tag teams. This saw Edge and Christian win their first WWE tag team championship in their careers.
4. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon- One of the most anticipated rematches in the history of the WWE. Razor and Shawn squared off for the second time for the Intercontinental title. The match was nearly as good as the first encounter.
3. Triple H vs The Rock- Summerslam 1998 featured an epic battle between Triple H and The Rock. It was an amazing back and forth match that saw Triple H win the Intercontinental title for the second time.
2. Finn Balor vs Kevin Owens- This match was incredible the night before Summerslam 2015. Balor was able to retain the NXT Championship in a fantastic ladder match.
1. Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon- This match occured at Wrestlemania X, and was considered the pioneer of the ladder match. It was two Intercontinental title belts hanging above the ladder, as both men staked claim to be the Intercontinental Champion. Instant classic.
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