History of the Scaffold Match

ScaffoldThroughout history, the WWE Universe has seen matches contested in steel cages, Hollywood backlots and junkyards. Yet there is one type of contest so dangerous that it has never been held in WWE. The Scaffold Match is exactly as it sounds — a platform is suspended above the ring and two competitors compete on said surface until one of them throws the other tumbling to the canvas below.

When Mick Foley was infamously thrown off of the top of Hell in a Cell at King of the Ring 1998 by The Undertaker, it wasn’t a stipulation of the match — it was a risk. It takes a special kind of crazy or a very bitter grudge to engage in a contest with the potential to be thrown off a scaffold. WWE Classics examines five of the most memorable — and wildest — Scaffold Matches in sports-entertainment history. (Courtesy of WWE.com)

The Clockwork Orange House of Fun match, known as Raven’s House of Fun, was created by professional wrestler Raven (legitimately, as Raven pitched the idea himself to TNA’s creative team). It is a singles match for which a chain link wall is erected on one side of the ring with chains wrapped from it to various points on the ring itself with weapons hanging from them.  In the first match the only way to win was to put an opponent through two tables after throwing them off “Raven’s perch” (a small scaffold),but afterwards it was changed to falls-count-anywhere rules. [Courtesy of wikipedia.com]

The Crazy 8 match, used mostly in the defunct Pro Wrestling Unplugged promotion, involves placing a championship belt at the top of a scaffold with the first wrestler to retrieve it being declared the winner. Placed in and around the ring for the wrestlers to utilize during the match are one side of a steel cage, two trampolines, and four rope swings. [Courtesy of wikipedia.com]

DateEventWinnerLoserNotes
1971MemphisJerry JarrettDon GreeneFirst scaffold match
May 1983MemphisBill DundeeKoko Ware
1984MemphisBill DundeeDutch Mantell
1984SouthwestBob SweetanEric EmbryLoser Leaves Texas
11/22/1984Mid-SouthRNR Express Midnight ExpressSuperdome Event
11/28/1986NWARoad WarriorsMidnight ExpressStarrcade
1987MemphisLawler/DundeeRich/Idol
05/03/1987WCCWFantastics/SimpsonRNR RPMs/Embry
11/26/1987NWARNR Express Midnight ExpressStarrcade
1990sWWCChicky StarrInvader IIIPuerto Rico
06/14/1991WCWEaton/PN NewsTaylor/Austin Great American Bash
1992WINGMiguel Perez Jr.The IcemanJapan
1992USWAEric EmbryDirty White Boy
1993ECWJ.T SmithDark PatriotUltra Clash
10/26/1996ECWTommy DreamerBrian LeeHigh Incident
03/12/2000ECWNew JackVic GrimesLiving Dangerously
09/17/2000WCWDouglas/WilsonKidman/MadusaFall Brawl
2001XPWNew JackVic Grimes
07/20/2002XPWSupremeAngelBaptized in Blood 3
11/29/2003MemphisKevin WhiteBill Dundee
12/11/2004CZWThe MessiahAdam Flash/KaosLadder/scaffold match
04/09/2005CCWMidnight ExpressRNR Express
03/09/2008TNARhynoJames StormDestination X

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