Mankind vs. The Rock
Ladder matches have been around since the early 1970s (when such a contest was held between Dan Kroffat and Tor Kamata in Stampede Wrestling), but it's only relatively recently that they have become a staple in professional wrestling.
The premise of a ladder match is fairly straightforward: A championship belt (or briefcase, or contract, or any other number of prizes) is hung from the arena ceiling, and the competitors have to scale to the top of the ladder in order to retrieve the prize. The person who can successfully untether the prize first is declared the winner.
Over the past 15 years, ladder matches have evolved to include multiple competitors, tag teams, additional weapons and many different variations of the rules. For our purposes, we have included Money In The Bank matches, Tables, Ladders and Chairs matches, King of the Mountain matches and many other variants.
In counting down the Top 50 Ladder Matches, we looked at the following criteria:
How important was the contest?
How well was the ladder used throughout the match?
What historical significance did the match ultimately have
How innovative or memorable were the various ladder spots?
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During the first Money In The Bank PPV on July 18, 2010, Kane outlasted Christian, Matt Hardy, Big Show, Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Cody Rhodes to win the coveted briefcase. The Big Red Machine cashed in the contract less than an hour later, when he used it to defeat World Champion Rey Mysterio.
Sonjay Dutt vs. Jay Lethal
WCW's first ever ladder match was held on January 25, 1997 at the Souled Out PPV between United States Champion Eddie Guerrero and nWo member Syxx. After a tug of war for the U.S. Title held atop the ladder, Guerrero smacked the belt in the head of Syxx, causing him to lose his grip and his U.S. title shot.