Judge David Johnson was the king of the ladder match, until the killjoys at Lowes made him leave the store.
Crash and burn.
Say what you want about professional wrestling. The glitz. The goofiness. How it's fake. So on and so forth. We've all heard it. And while the outcomes may be staged and these guys are essentially out there playing characters, I am firmly of the belief that anyone who flings themselves about an auditorium and willingly cuts his skull open to bleed all over the floor deserves some credit. That physicality is hard to fake.
And what gets more wrestlers all f-ed up than a trusty ladder match? Of all the WWE gimmicks, this is one where wrestlers earn their money the hard way. (I guess an argument could be made for the steel cage match, but only if you're someone insane like Mankind who takes flying leaps off of what is essentially a two-story structure.)
For the un-initiated: the Ladder Match pits contenders against one another with a championship belt of some kind typically suspended high above the ring. The only way to reach it? You guessed it: a ladder. Ladders are strewn about and ring-wide horseplay ensues. As the match draws to a close, these ladders take a prominent role. Guys are tossed off of them, smacked on the head with them, and often leap from the highest rung to land on their opponents. It's all quite crazy, in a Home Depot sort of way.
Ladder Match 2 brings three discs' worth of matches (over 20), spanning the life of the Ladder Match, starting with the 1994 bout between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon and ending with the May 1, 2011 match between Christian and Alberto Del Rio at WWE Extreme Rules. Christian himself acts as a host for the set, offering brief commentary between matches.
If you're a fan of the WWE, few scenarios offer as much acrobatic insanity as the Ladder Match. Whether it's The Undertaker toppling onto a stack of folding tables or Rob Van Dam risking internal injury by leaping off the very very top of a ladder, there is over-the-top amusement to be had here.
The DVD: full frame and anamorphic widescreen transfers (depending on the original broadcast), Dolby 2.0 stereo, and no extras.
Not Guilty. Ladders are best used not for spackling, but for aiding in
big-air full body presses.
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