WWE - The Ladder Match (3-disc Set)
Literally taking the daredevil factor of wrestling to new heights, the
ladder match has become a staple arguably equal to the cage match in terms
of whetting the fans' appetites for spectacle and mayhem. And with 21
matches included in WWE's new 3-Disc set The Ladder Match, there should be
more than enough foolhardy (clever, ain't I) flips, dives, crashes, and
near-misses for even the most desensitized viewer.
Naturally, a great many of the matches included herein originate from the
past decade or so of WWE and involve some combination of Dudleys, Hardys,
Edge and/or Christian and the letters TLC. As Paul Heyman memorably put it
during Wrestlemainia X-7's TLC II "Everyone is a victim in Tables, Ladders
and Chairs!" and rest assured these legendary show-stealers are as
scintillating as ever. However, there are also some more obscure matches as
well, such as a young JYD (then known as Big Daddy Ritter) against an even
younger Jake Roberts from Stampede Wrestling circa 1979, and the rarely seen
Bret Hart/HBK Intercontinental title ladder match from 1992. In addition,
the lone WCW selection is the 6-man ladder match from Starrcade 2000 which
features such currently well-know WWE performers as Chavo Jr., "Sugar" Shane
(Gregory) Helms, your boy Jimmy "Wang" Yang, and Jamie Noble (oh yeah, and
Of course, a number of the remainder of the matches on this set are classics
in their own right. Who could ever forget the likes of RVD vs. Eddie from
Raw in May 2002, or The Undertaker's brutal Undisputed Championship defense
against Jeff Hardy? More recently, there's been Ric Flair's superhuman
effort versus Edge, and the 4-way Tag team Championship match from
Armageddon '06 - you know, the one where Joey Mercury's face got busted like
Paris Hilton (actually, pulverized is more like it, but I digress).
The only shortcoming of this package lays in the interstitial segments
featuring everyone's least favorite man-child Todd Grisham clumsily cueing
observations and recollections from a variety of the participants in these
matches. Aside from that admittedly insignificant flaw, this is an otherwise
wonderfully produced - and at around $20 retail, affordable - compilation.
Obviously this isn't the sort of program you'll want to sit and watch for
hours at a time since things get fairly redundant by Disc 3, but if you're
looking to bolster your collection of Edge and Christian or Hardys matches
(Edge makes 9 appearances, Christian and Jeff Hardy each have 8, and Matt
Hardy gets 7), or just want to watch dudes fall off of and into stuff over
and over, pick yourself up, dust yourself off, fulfill your destiny, and
whatever other J.R.-ism you'd prefer and go buy The Ladder Match.
Rating: 8.5 / 10
Reviewed by Aaron Hurt on June 19, 2007.
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