Views From The Turnbuckle: The Top 20 Wrestlemania Matches Of All Time Part-Two
For fans who are really interested in the skill of taking and delivering moves, this is probably the best match you could possibly watch. Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from off the ladder is a perfect example of a guy knowing how to take a bump, and another knowing how to take care of his opponent in the ring. And who could forget Bubba and Matt Hardy crashing through all those tables?
#7 Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon: Wrestlemania X
Although the ladder match had been around since the early 1970s, it wasn't until Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon faced off for the Intercontinental Title did the true potential of the ladder match become apparent. The TLC match(es) may have been flashier and had better spots, but Michaels and Hall revolutionized how a ladder match could work.
This was the first Shawn Michaels match at Wrestlemania that kicked off his claim for being called Mr. Wrestlemania. HBK's antics in this match, from taking bumps that where unheard of at the time to riding the ladder all the way down onto Hall's prone body, were the highlights of the match. Even though Hall won the match, it was Michaels who came out of the match a star.
This was an old-school shooter's dream, two amateur champions wrestling for the company's top championship in the main event at Wrestlemania. Brock and Kurt had tremendous in-ring chemistry, and it was on full display in Seattle.
The match was filled with false finishes, with it taking a mind-blowing three F-5s to keep Angle down for the three count. Brock and Angle are possibly the two best suplex artists to ever wrestle, and their match featured what had to be at least a dozen belly-to-belly and german suplexes, all hit perfectly.
The most memorable thing from this match however, is Brock's botched Shooting Star Press. Some fans feel that this was a terrible botch that took away from the match, while others (myself included) think that Brock doing a complete back flip, landing on his forehead and getting up like nothing happened was amazing and helped enhance the match. No matter how you feel, it is undeniable that this is one the best matches to ever take place at Wrestlemania.
What makes this ladder match better than the others? For starters, there is more on the line in the Money and the Bank match. The Tag Team and Intercontinental Championships are important, but they are not what is essentially a guaranteed WWE or World Heavyweight Title reign.
Secondly, unlike the later MITB matches, the first one featured an unquestionable assembly of top flight talent. I mean, look at the guys in that match! There are a lot of world title reigns amongst that group.
With the possible exception of the Ultimate X match, the MITB matches are consistently the best stipulation matches in wrestling, and the first one is still the best. If the Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon match was the birth of the ladder match, and the TLC matches were the evolution, than the first MITB match is the culmination of what the ladder match can be. The creativity of guys like Shelton and Jericho was amazing, and there are so many sweet spots in the match that you can always re-watch and catch yourself saying "Wow, I forgot about how awesome that spot was."
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