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]

Date Event Winner Loser Notes
1971 Memphis Jerry Jarrett Don Greene First scaffold match
May 1983 Memphis Bill Dundee Koko Ware
1984 Memphis Bill Dundee Dutch Mantell
1984 Southwest Bob Sweetan Eric Embry Loser Leaves Texas
11/22/1984 Mid-South RNR Express Midnight Express Superdome Event
11/28/1986 NWA Road Warriors Midnight Express Starrcade
1987 Memphis Lawler/Dundee Rich/Idol
05/03/1987 WCCW Fantastics/Simpson RNR RPMs/Embry
11/26/1987 NWA RNR Express Midnight Express Starrcade
1990s WWC Chicky Starr Invader III Puerto Rico
06/14/1991 WCW Eaton/PN News Taylor/Austin Great American Bash
1992 WING Miguel Perez Jr. The Iceman Japan
1992 USWA Eric Embry Dirty White Boy
1993 ECW J.T Smith Dark Patriot Ultra Clash
10/26/1996 ECW Tommy Dreamer Brian Lee High Incident
03/12/2000 ECW New Jack Vic Grimes Living Dangerously
09/17/2000 WCW Douglas/Wilson Kidman/Madusa Fall Brawl
2001 XPW New Jack Vic Grimes
07/20/2002 XPW Supreme Angel Baptized in Blood 3
11/29/2003 Memphis Kevin White Bill Dundee
12/11/2004 CZW The Messiah Adam Flash/Kaos Ladder/scaffold match
04/09/2005 CCW Midnight Express RNR Express
03/09/2008 TNA Rhyno James Storm Destination X

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