Ladder match

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The Raw Money in the Bank ladder match at Money in the Bank (2011).

A ladder match is a type of match in professional wrestling, most commonly one where an item (usually a title belt) is hung above the ring, and the winner is the contestant who climbs a ladder and retrieves the item.[1] The ladder itself becomes a key feature of the match, as wrestlers will use the ladder as a weapon to strike the opponent(s), as a launching pad for acrobatic attacks, and frequently these matches include impressive falls from the top of the ladder.[1] However, there were very few matches in which the hung item must be used in a special manner in order to win the match, such as striking the opponent with the item (see Bam Bam Bigelow Vs. Scott Hall Tazer match, where one must strike the opponent with the Tazer, regardless of who retrieved the Tazer first).

Ladder matches are often used as a finale to storylines and it is more common to have symbolic briefcases (usually "containing" a contract for a future championship match) or championships belts hung above the ring. Ladder matches and their variants (such as TLC and Full Metal Mayhem) are often used in feuds that involve a dispute over possession of an item (such as a stolen title belt or the "paperwork" for the contractual services of a manager). Ladder matches are almost always fought under no disqualification rules.

Origins[edit]

The ladder match could have been invented by either Dan Kroffat of the Stampede Wrestling organization out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada or British wrestler Kendo Nagasaki. In September 1972, Stampede Wrestling held the first ever ladder match between Dan Kroffat and Tor Kamata, where the object to be grabbed was a wad of money.[2] In 1987, Kendo Nagasaki competed in a 'Disco Challenge' ladder match against Clive Myers on the popular World of Sport. The aim of this match was to retrieve a gold coloured disco record suspended above the ring.[citation needed]

In July 1983, Stampede Wrestling held a ladder match in which Bret Hart faced off against Bad News Allen. Hart went on to join the World Wrestling Federation in 1984, and, in the early 1990s, suggested this type of match to promoter Vince McMahon, years before the gimmick achieved its eventual popularity.

The first ever ladder match in the WWF, in which Hart defeated Shawn Michaels to retain the WWF Intercontinental Title, was held in Portland, ME on July 21, 1992. The match was taped but never aired on television, and remained widely unseen until its inclusion among the bonus material on the 2011 DVD and Blu-ray collection WWE's Greatest Rivalries: Shawn Michaels vs. Bret Hart. The two performers tell interviewer Jim Ross how the match was planned along with an intended ladder rematch that never materialized.

Ladder matches in World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/WWE[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
1 Bret Hart (c) defeated Shawn Michaels[citation needed] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship WWF Wrestling Challenge July 21, 1992
Portland, Maine
2 Razor Ramon (c) defeated Shawn Michaels[3][4] Ladder match for the WWF Undisputed Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania X March 20, 1994
New York, NY
3 Shawn Michaels (c) defeated Razor Ramon[5][6] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 27, 1995
Pittsburgh, PA
4 Shawn Michaels defeated Goldust Ladder match for the WWF Championship Xperience August 24, 1996
Toronto, Ontario
5 Triple H defeated The Rock (c)[7][8] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 30, 1998
New York, NY
6 The Big Boss Man defeated Mankind (c)[9] Ladder match for the WWF Hardcore Championship Raw is War November 30, 1998
Baltimore, MD
7 The Rock defeated Mankind (c)[10] Ladder match for the WWF Championship Raw is War February 15, 1999
Birmingham, Alabama
8 Vince McMahon and Shane McMahon (c) defeated Steve Austin (c)[11][12] Handicap ladder match for 100% WWF ownership King of the Ring June 27, 1999
Greensboro, North Carolina
9 New Brood (Matt and Jeff Hardy) defeated Edge and Christian[13][14] Tag Team ladder match in the final of Terri Invitational Tournament to win Terri Runnels' managerial services and $100,000 No Mercy October 17, 1999
Cleveland, OH
10 Edge & Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz (c)[15][16] Triple Threat tag team ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000
Anaheim, California
11 The Hardy Boyz (c) defeated Edge & Christian[17] Tag Team ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship Raw is War September 25, 2000
State College, Pennsylvania
12 Chris Jericho defeated Chris Benoit (c)[18][19] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship Royal Rumble January 21, 2001
New Orleans, LA
13 Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit (c)[20] Third fall in the Best Two out of Three Falls Match for Kurt Angle's Olympic Gold Medals Judgment Day May 20, 2001
Sacramento, California
14 Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy (c)[21] Ladder match for the WWF Hardcore Championship SummerSlam August 19, 2001
San Jose, California
15 Edge defeated Christian (c) [22] Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship No Mercy October 21, 2001
St. Louis, Missouri
16 Rob Van Dam defeated Eddie Guerrero (c)[23] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw May 27, 2002
Edmonton, AB, Canada
17 The Undertaker (c) defeated Jeff Hardy[24] Ladder match for the WWE Undisputed Championship Raw July 1, 2002
Manchester, New Hampshire
18 Rob Van Dam (c) defeated Jeff Hardy (c)[25] Ladder match to unify the WWE Intercontinental Championship and the European Championship Raw July 22, 2002
Grand Rapids, Michigan
19 Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels (c)[26] Third fall in a Three Stages of Hell match for the World Heavyweight Championship Armageddon December 15, 2002
Sunrise, Florida
20 Eddie Guerrero & Tajiri defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin (c) [27] Tag Team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Judgment Day May 18, 2003
Charlotte, NC
21 Rob Van Dam defeated Christian (c)[28] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw September 29, 2003
Rosemont, IL
22 Chris Jericho defeated Christian[29] Ladder match for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship Unforgiven September 12, 2004
Portland, OR
23 Kurt Angle (c) defeated Mike Haywood[30] Angle Invitational ladder match for Kurt Angle's Olympic Gold Medals SmackDown! March 10, 2005
Roanoke, Virginia
24 Rey Mysterio defeated Eddie Guerrero[31] Ladder match for the custody of Dominick SummerSlam August 21, 2005
Washington, D.C.
25 Edge (c) defeated Matt Hardy[32] Money in the Bank Ladder Match. The loser leaves Raw. Raw October 3, 2005
Dallas, TX
26 Sabu defeated Rob Van Dam[33] Ladder match to become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW World Championship ECW on Sci Fi August 15, 2006
Washington, D.C.
27 Rob Van Dam defeated The Big Show[34] Ladder match for Van Dam to pick the date of his future ECW World Championship match ECW on Sci Fi October 24, 2006
St. Louis, MO
28 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Johnny Nitro[35] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw November 20, 2006
Baltimore, MD
29 Paul London and Brian Kendrick (c) defeated William Regal & Dave Taylor, MNM, and The Hardys[36] Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Armageddon December 17, 2006
Richmond, Virginia
30 The Hardys (c) defeated Charlie Haas & Shelton Benjamin[37] Tag Team ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship One Night Stand June 3, 2007
Jacksonville, Florida
31 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Carlito[38] Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw's 15th Anniversary December 10, 2007
Bridgeport, Connecticut
32 Chris Jericho (c) defeated Shawn Michaels Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship No Mercy October 5, 2008
Portland, OR
33 Jeff Hardy defeated Edge (c) Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules June 7, 2009
New Orleans, LA
34 Christian (c) defeated Shelton Benjamin Ladder match for the ECW Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 13, 2009
San Antonio, Texas
35 Dolph Ziggler (c) defeated Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger[39] Triple Threat Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 19, 2010
Houston, Texas
36 John Morrison defeated King Sheamus[40] Ladder match to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship
37 Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio Ladder match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules May 1, 2011
Tampa, Florida
38 Triple H defeated Kevin Nash Sledgehammer Ladder match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 18, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
39 Dolph Ziggler defeated John Cena Money in the Bank ladder match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 16, 2012
Brooklyn, New York
40 John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio, Kane, Sheamus, Cesaro, Bray Wyatt, Roman Reigns, and Randy Orton Ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Champion Money in the Bank June 29, 2014
Boston, Massachusetts
  • Many ladder matches, while not officially recognized by the WWE have taken place at house shows. One featured Razor Ramon retaining the Intercontinental Championship against Shawn Michaels months before their epic WrestleMania encounter. Another featured Razor Ramon winning the same title from Jeff Jarrett in Montreal in 1995 only to lose it back to Jarrett two nights later. Another featured Jeff Hardy retaining his World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk in Denver, Co in 2009.[41] Three ladder matches took place at consecutive house shows in 2006 where each saw Jeff Hardy defend his Intercontinental Championship. The first of these three saw Shelton Benjamin, Johnny Nitro and Carlito as contenders. The next two nights did not feature Benjamin as he was too injured to participate.
  • Similar to a Stairway to Hell match, during Triple H and Kevin Nash's ladder match, a sledgehammer was hung above the ring. The first participant to retrieve it could use it as a weapon. The only way to have won was by pinfall or submission.

Participant list[edit]

Wrestler Victories Appearances
Jeff Hardy 6 11
Rob Van Dam 5 6
Triple H 3 3
Chris Jericho 4 4
Matt Hardy 3 6
Edge 3 6
Christian 3 8
Kurt Angle 2 2
Dolph Ziggler 2 2
Shawn Michaels 2 5
Bret Hart 1 1
The Big Boss Man 1 1
Vince McMahon 1 1
Shane McMahon 1 1
The Undertaker 1 1
Tajiri 1 1
Rey Mysterio 1 1
Sabu 1 1
Paul London 1 1
Brian Kendrick 1 1
John Cena 1 2
Razor Ramon 1 2
The Rock 1 2
Eddie Guerrero 1 3
Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 1 3
Steve Austin 0 1
Bubba Ray Dudley 0 1
D-Von Dudley 0 1
Mike Haywood 0 1
The Big Show 0 1
William Regal 0 1
Dave Taylor 0 1
Joey Mercury 0 1
Carlito 0 1
Kofi Kingston 0 1
Jack Swagger 0 1
Randy Orton 0 1
Kane 0 1
Cesaro 0 1
Roman Reigns 0 1
Bray Wyatt 0 1
Sheamus 0 2
Alberto Del Rio 0 2
Kevin Nash 0 1
Mankind 0 2
Chris Benoit 0 2
Charlie Haas 0 2
Shelton Benjamin 0 3

Ladder matches in World Championship Wrestling[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
1 Dusty Rhodes defeated Tully Blanchard Barbed Wire Ladder match for $100,000 The Great American Bash July 18, 1987
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 Eddie Guerrero (c) defeated Syxx[42] Ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Souled Out January 25, 1997
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
3 Goldberg defeated Scott Hall[43] Tazer ladder match Souled Out January 17, 1999
Charleston, West Virginia
4 Bam Bam Bigelow fought Scott Hall to a no-contest[44] Tazer ladder match WCW Monday Nitro January 25, 1999
Dallas, Texas
5 Scott Hall defeated Bret Hart (c), Goldberg, and Sid Vicious[45] Four-way ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship WCW Monday Nitro November 8, 1999
Indianapolis, Indiana
6 Chris Benoit (c) defeated Jeff Jarrett[46] Ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Starrcade December 19, 1999
Washington, D.C.
7 Jeff Jarrett defeated Chris Benoit (c)[47] Ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship WCW Monday Nitro December 20, 1999
Baltimore, Maryland
8 The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang) defeated 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias)[48] Six man tag team ladder match for a recording contract WCW Nitro July 18, 2000
Auburn Hills, Michigan
9 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias) defeated The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang)[49] Six man tag team ladder match for a gold record New Blood Rising August 13, 2000
Vancouver, British Columbia
10 Konnan and Rey Mysterio, Jr. defeated The Boogie Knights (Alex Wright and Disco Inferno)[50] Tag team ladder match for a ceramic duck WCW Monday Nitro October 2, 2000
San Francisco, California
11 3 Count (Shane Helms and Shannon Moore) defeated The Jung Dragons (Yun Yang and Kaz Hayashi) (w/Leia Meow) and Jamie Knoble and Evan Karagias[51] Three-way tag team ladder match to determine the number one contender for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship Starrcade December 17, 2000
Washington, D.C.

Ladder matches in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling[edit]

# Match Event, Date and Location
1 Sabu defeated Malice to become the No. 1 contender to the NWA World Heavyweight Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 5
July 13, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
2 Ken Shamrock fought Sabu to a no-contest in an NWA World Heavyweight Championship match NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 6
July 24, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
3 Jerry Lynn defeated Low Ki and A.J. Styles to win the NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 11
August 28, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
4 Jerry Lynn defeated A.J. Styles to retain the NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 14
October 2, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
5 Syxx-Pac defeated Tony Mamaluke, Jose Maximo, Joel Maximo, Kid Kash, A.J. Styles, Ace Steel, Rick Michaels, & Chris Michaels to win the vacated NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 15
October 9, 2002, Nashville, Tennessee
6 Raven defeated A.J. Styles to become the No. 1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 36
March 19, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee
7 Dusty Rhodes defeated Brian Lawler NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 39
April 9, 2003, Nashville, Tennessee
8 Abyss defeated A.J. Styles to become No. 1 contender for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 85
March 19, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
9 Eric Young defeated Mr. Águila, Jerry Lynn, and Taichi Ishikari to advance in the TNA World X Cup. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 95
May 26, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
10 The Naturals (Chase Stevens and Andy Douglas) defeated America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 102
July 14, 2004, Nashville, Tennessee
11 Jeff Jarrett defeated Jeff Hardy to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship TNA Victory Road
November 5, 2004, Orlando, Florida.
12 LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) defeated America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris & James Storm) in a Flag Match. TNA Turning Point
December 10, 2006, Orlando, Florida
13 Jerry Lynn defeated Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Austin Starr, and Senshi to become No. 1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship. TNA Impact!
February 22, 2007, Orlando, Florida
14 Abyss and Sting defeated Christian Cage and A.J. Styles for Abyss to face Cage at Hard Justice 2007. TNA Impact!
August 2, 2007, Orlando, Florida
15 Kaz defeated Christian Cage to become No. 1 Contender for the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Genesis 2007
November 11, 2007, Orlando, Florida
16 Johnny Devine and Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon) defeated Jay Lethal and The Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) to retain possession of the TNA X Division Championship. TNA Impact!
December 6, 2007, Orlando, Florida
17 Kaz defeated A.J. Styles (the stipulation for this match was the loser had to wear a reindeer costume) TNA Impact!
December 20, 2007, Orlando, Florida
18 James Storm defeated Eric Young to win the TNA World Beer Drinking Championship TNA Impact! March 4, 2008 Orlando, Florida
19 Gail Kim defeated Roxxi Laveaux to earn a future shot at the TNA Women's Knockout Championship1 Sacrifice May 11, 2008 Orlando, Florida
20 A.J. Styles defeated Kurt Angle to win Angle's olympic gold medal TNA Impact!
August 28, 2008, Orlando, Florida
21 Sonjay Dutt defeated Jay Lethal for SoCal Val's heart No Surrender
September 14, 2008, Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
22 Abyss and Matt Morgan defeated Team 3D (Brother Ray and Brother Devon), LAX (Homicide and Hernandez) and Tanahashi and Volador to earn a future shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship TNA Impact!
October 23, 2008, Orlando, Florida
23 Sojournor Bolt defeated Taylor Wilde to earn a future shot at the TNA Women's Knockout Championship TNA Impact!
November 6, 2008, Orlando, Florida
24 Alex Shelley defeated Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, and Consequences Creed to retain the TNA X Division Championship TNA Impact!
February 23, 2009, Orlando, Florida
25 Amazing Red defeated Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Sheik Abdul Bashir, and Kiyoshi to become the number one contender for the TNA X Division Championship TNA Impact!
October 1, 2009, Orlando, Florida
26 Kazarian defeated Amazing Red, Brian Kendrick and Daniels to become the number one contender to the TNA X Division Championship Destination X
March 21, 2010, Orlando, Florida
27 Mr. Anderson defeated Kurt Angle to win the keys to the steel cage door at Lockdown TNA Impact!
April 5, 2010, Orlando, Florida
28 Jeremy Buck defeated Douglas Williams TNA Impact!
July 8, 2010, Orlando, Florida
29 Beer Money, Inc. (James Storm and Robert Roode) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) in the first match of the Best of 5 Series for the TNA World tag Team Championships TNA Impact!
July 15, 2010, Orlando, Florida
30 Rob Van Dam defeated Abyss to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship in a Stairway to Janice match The Whole F'N' Show
August 12, 2010, Orlando Florida
31 A.J. Styles defeated Sabu to win the keys to the cage for their respective team at Bound for Glory in their Lethal Lockdown match TNA Impact!
September 23, 2010, Orlando, Florida
32 Jeff Hardy defeated Mr. Anderson to win the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Against All Odds
February 13, 2011, Orlando, Florida
33 Matt Morgan defeated A.J. Styles, Gunner and Samoa Joe to earn ten points in the Bound for Glory Series Impact Wrestling
July 21, 2011, Orlando, Florida
34 Brian Kendrick defeated Alex Shelley, Jesse Sorensen, Kid Kash and Zema Ion to become No. 1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship. Impact Wrestling
September 29, 2011, Orlando, Florida
35 Bobby Roode defeated Rob Van Dam to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship. Sacrifice
May 13, 2012, Orlando, Florida
36 A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe to earn twenty points in the Bound for Glory Series Hardcore Justice
August 12, 2012, Orlando, Florida
37 Jeff Hardy defeated Austin Aries to retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship Turning Point
November 11, 2012, Orlando, Florida
38 Jeff Hardy fought Bully Ray with a hammer hanging above the right, which ended in a no-consest Impact Wrestling
June 7, 2013, Atlanta, Georgia
39 Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell to be no.1 contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship Impact Wrestling
July 11, 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada
40 Sanada defeated Manik, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards to retain the TNA X Division Championship. Slammiversary XII
June 15, 2014, Arlington, Texas

(1) This match began off as a Battle Royal but when it came down to 2 competitors it became a ladder match.
(2) The big red X, usually associated with the Ultimate X match, was used instead of a belt to win the match.

Ladder matches in Ring of Honor[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
1 Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) (c) defeated Kevin Steen and El Generico Tag team ladder war for the ROH World Tag Team Championship Man Up September 15, 2007
Chicago Ridge, Illinois
2 The American Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) (c) defeated Kevin Steen and El Generico Tag team ladder war for the ROH World Tag Team Championship Glory by Honor VIII: The Final Countdown September 26, 2009
New York City
3 The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) defeated the Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) Tag team ladder war for a title shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championship at Glory by Honor X Death Before Dishonor IX September 17, 2011
New York, New York
4 Kevin Steen (c) defeated El Generico Ladder War IV for the ROH World Championship Final Battle 2012 December 16, 2012
New York, New York
5 Adam Cole (c) defeated Jay Briscoe Ladder War V for the Undisputed ROH World Championship Supercard of Honor VIII April 4, 2014
Westwego, Louisiana

Ladder matches in Pro Wrestling Guerrilla[edit]

# Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
1 Scott Lost (c) defeated Joey Ryan (c) Ladder match for sole ownership of the PWG Tag Team Championship (renamed PWG World Tag Team Championship in 2006) The Next Show September 4, 2004
Los Angeles, California
2 El Generico defeated Kevin Steen (c) Ladder match for the PWG World Championship Steen Wolf October 22, 2011
Reseda, California
3 The Super Smash Brothers (Player Uno and Stupefied) (c) defeated Future Shock (Adam Cole and Kyle O'Reilly) and The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) Three-way tag team ladder match for the PWG World Tag Team Championship Threemendous III July 21, 2012
Reseda, California
4 The Young Bucks (Matt and Nick Jackson) (c) defeated Inner City Machine Guns (Ricochet and Rich Swann) and DojoBros (Eddie Edwards and Roderick Strong) Three-way tag team ladder match for the PWG World Tag Team Championship TEN August 9, 2013
Reseda, California

Other variations[edit]

  • King of the Mountain match – Used in TNA; essentially a ladder match in reverse, the winner (referred to as the "King of the Mountain") is the first person to attach the object specified beforehand (usually a championship belt) to the wire above the ring. However, wrestlers cannot go for the belt until they've scored a pinfall, after which the pinned wrestler must spend some time in a penalty box.
  • Ultimate X match – Used in TNA; essentially a ladder match contested by the TNA X-Division. The match features a structure that consists of two wires strung above the ring, forming an 'X'. The wrestlers climb the structure that holds the wires, makes their way across the wires to the center of the structure, and retrieves the 'X' while hanging from the wires. Although very similar to a ladder match, ladders are rarely used as a part of an unwritten rule of sorts, with the on exception of Team 3D in X14.
  • Full Metal Mayhem match- same rules apply as Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match, but steel chains can also be used.
  • Stairway to Hell – Used mainly in ECW; in this variation of the ladder match instead of a title being suspended above the ring there's a weapon, usually a ball of barbed wire or a kendo stick. Once you've taken down the weapon you are then free to use it, you win the match via pin or submission the same as a singles match.
  • Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match – Variation of the ladder match where tables and chairs are also permitted (and their use is encouraged). Referred to at times simply as TLC matches.
  • Money in the Bank ladder match – Exclusively used in WWE; a Ladder match where multiple competitors try to climb a ladder to obtain a contract for a future World Title shot anytime within the next 12 months. Challenger chooses time and place. Match took place at every WrestleMania from WrestleMania 21 to WrestleMania XXVI, after which it was moved to the new annual Money in the Bank pay-per-view.
  • Tables, Ladders, and Cervezas match – Exclusively used in WSX; variation of the Tables, Ladder, and Chairs match except instead of permitting chairs, cervezas (Spanish for beers) is permitted along with tables and ladders (and their use is encouraged).
  • Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Canes match - This match is a TLC match with the addition of Singapore Canes.

See also[edit]

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