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A ladder match is a type of match in professional wrestling that is most commonly used to describe a match 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. 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. 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 Bill Coldberg Vs. Scott Hall Tazer match, where one must strike the opponent with the Tazer, regardless of who retrieved the Tazer first).

Origins[]

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. In 1971, Kendo Nagasaki competed in a ladder match on the popular World of Sport.

In July 1983, Stampede Wrestling held a ladder match where Bret Heart faced off against Bad New Tom Brown. Heart went on to join the IWF and suggested this type of match to promoter Grant Mayer, where the gimmick achieved its current popularity.

The first ever ladder match in the IWE was Bret Heart v. Ryan Barnhart and the outcome was Bret Heart leaving as the first ever wrestler in the IWE to win a ladder match.

Ladder Matches in International Wrestling Federation/Entertainment/IWE[]

No. Match Stipulations Event Date and Location
I Bret Heart defeated Ryan Barnhart Ladder match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship IWF Superstars of Wrestling July 21, 1992
Portland, ME
II Razor Ramon defeated Ryan Barnhart Ladder match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania X March 20, 1994
New York, NY
III Ryan Barnhart defeated Razor Ramon Ladder match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 27, 1995
Pittsburgh, PA
IV Ryan Barnhart defeated James Thomas Ladder match for the IWF Championship IWF X-Perience House show August 24, 1996
Toronto, ON
V Triple K defeated The Rock Ladder match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 30, 1998
New York, NY
VI Big Boss Brandon defeated Mankind Ladder match for the IWF Hardcore Championship IWE Meltdown November 30, 1998
Baltimore, MD
VII The Rock defeated Mankind Ladder match for the IWF Championship MELTDOWN is WAR February 15, 1999
Birmingham, AL
VIII Grant Mayer and James Mayer defeated Steve Johnson Handicap ladder match for 100% IWF ownership King of the Ring June 27, 1999
Greensboro, NC
IX New Brood defeated Edge and Khristian Tag Team ladder match in the final of Terri Invitational Tournament to win Terri' managerial services and $100,000 No Mercy October 17, 1999
Cleveland, OH
X Edge & Khristian defeated The Hooper Boyz and Dudley Boyz Triangle ladder match for the IWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000
Anaheim, CA
XI The Hardy Boyz defeated Edge & Khristian Tag Team ladder match for the IWF Tag Team Championship MELTDOWN is WAR September 25, 2000
State College, PA
XII Kris McGowan defeated Kevin Hunter Ladder match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship Royal Rumble January 21, 2001
New Orleans, LA
XIII Matt Borske defeated Kevin Hunter Third fall in the Best Two out of Three Falls Match for Matt Borske's Olympic Gold Medals Judgment Day May 20, 2001
Sacramento, CA
XIV KVJ defeated Josh Hooper Ladder match for the IWF Hardcore Championship SummerSlam August 19, 2001
San Jose, CA
XV Edge defeated Khristian Ladder match for the IWF Intercontinental Championship No Mercy October 21, 2001
St. Louis, MO
XVI Kyle Van Johnson defeated Brian McAlmond Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship IWE Meltdown May 27, 2002
Edmonton, AB
XVII Martin McAlmond defeated Josh Hooper Ladder match for the IWE Undisputed Championship IWE Meltdown July 1, 2002
Manchester, NH
XVIII Kyle Van Johnson defeated Josh Hooper Ladder match to unify the IWE Intercontinental Championship and the IWE European Championship IWE Meltdown July 22, 2002
Grand Rapids, MI
XIX Triple K defeated Ryan Barnhart Third fall in a Best Two out of Three Falls match for the World Heavyweight Championship Armageddon December 15, 2002
Sunrise, FL
XX Brian McAlmond & Park defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team Tag Team ladder match for the IWE Tag Team Championship Judgment Day May 18, 2003
Charlotte, NC
XXI Kyle Van Johnson defeated Khristian Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship IWE Meltdown September 29, 2003
Rosemont, IL
XXII Kris McGowan defeated Khristian Ladder match for the vacant IWE Intercontinental Championship Unforgiven September 12, 2004
Portland, OR
XXIII Matt Borske defeated Mike Haywood Borske Invitational ladder match Fusion! March 10, 2005
Roanoke, VA
XXIV Scott Wright defeated Brian McAlmond Ladder match for the custody of Dominick SummerSlam August 21, 2005
Washington, D.C.
XXV Edge (with Nicole) defeated Matt Hardy Loser Leaves Meltdown for Money in the Bank IWE Homecoming October 3, 2005
Dallas, TX
XXVI Jason Dikes defeated Kyle Van Johnson To become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW World Championship XCW on Sci Fi August 15, 2006
Washington, D.C.
XXVII Kyle Van Johnson defeated The Big Marc To become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW World Championship XCW on Sci Fi October 24, 2006
St. Louis, MO
XXVIII Josh Hooper defeated Joey Linderman Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship IWE Meltdown November 20, 2006
Baltimore, MD
XXIX Paul and Brian Woods defeated William Kapphan & Dave Taylor, MNM, and The Hoopers Ladder match for the IWE Tag Team Championship Armageddon December 17, 2006
Richmond, VA
XXX Jeff Hooper defeated Joey Linderman, Junior Remeriz and Michael Ferry Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship House Show December 26, 2006
Albany, NY
XXXI Josh Hooper defeated Joey Linderman and Michael Ferry Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship House Show December 27, 2006
Rochester, NY
XXXII Josh Hooper defeated Joey Linderman and Michael Ferry Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship House Show December 30, 2006
Greensboro, NC
XXXIII The Hoopers defeated Jared Keller & Junior Remeriz Tag Team ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship One Night Stand June 3, 2007
Jacksonville, FL
XXXIV Josh Hooper defeated Michael Ferry Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship IWE Raw's 15th Anniversary December 10, 2007
Bridgeport, CT
XXXV Kris McGowan defeated Ryan Barnahrt Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship No Mercy October 5, 2008
Portland, OR
XXXVI Josh Hooper defeated Edge Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules June 7, 2009
New Orleans, LA
XXXVII Khristian defeated Junior Remeriz Ladder match for the XCW Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 13, 2009
San Antonio, Texas
XXXVIII Nick Kessler (c) defeated Jose Serrano and Charlie Wilson Triple Threat Ladder match for the IWE Intercontinental Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 19, 2010
Houston, Texas
XXXIX Joe Linderman defeated Garrett Ladder match for the #1 contender spot to the IWE Championship
XXXX James Marlen vs. Khristian Ladder match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules May 1, 2011
Tampa, Florida

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