Money In The Bank And 6 Other Absurd WWE Gimmick Matches Before Corporate Ladder


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Yearly, WWE hosts the Money In The Bank occasion the place superstars take part in a sequence of the ladder matches with a contract for a title match hanging excessive above the ring. As many as 10 opponents vie for a championship alternative whereas placing themselves in nice hazard for the sake of leisure. This yr, nevertheless, Vince McMahon and the remainder of the WWE higher brass have determined to the maintain a Corporate Ladder Match as a substitute when Money In The Bank airs on Could 10.

However what within the hell is a Corporate Ladder Match? Nicely, in line with WWE, this yr’s Money In The Bank matches can be held at WWE company headquarters in lovely downtown Stamford, Connecticut, the place contributors will begin on the backside ground and work their method as much as the roof the place the briefcases containing the Money In The Bank contracts can be hanging above a hoop.

Surprisingly sufficient, this is not probably the most absurd gimmick match WWE has launched over the course of the previous 50 or so years, not within the slightest. So, as we put together ourselves for the upcoming Corporate Ladder Match, let’s take a stroll down reminiscence lane of all of the insanely absurd bouts within the historical past of WWE.

The 2010 Raw Money In The Bank Ladder Match

Money In The Bank Ladder Match

Okay, I will be the primary to confess that the Money In The Bank ladder match is not the craziest factor the WWE has performed over time, however the threat concerned earns it a spot on this checklist. Ladder matches alone are harmful and have led to some fairly gnarly accidents, however when you have got wherever from 5 to 10 wrestlers, typically a dozen or so ladders, and a championship alternative at stake, issues can get a bit bushy to say the least.

First launched at WrestleMania 21 in 2005, the Money In The Bank match grew to become so common that it went from a approach to cram as many wrestlers as potential onto the WrestleMania card to its personal pay-per-view in 2010.

Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero discussing the custody of Rey's son Dominik

Custody Ladder Match

Here is the place issues actually go off the rails. Usually, the objective of a ladder match is to safe a championship or a chance to combat for one, however typically there are extra private prizes hanging excessive above the ring. Enter the Custody Ladder Match from SummerSlam 2005 the place Rey Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero fought for the custody of Mysterio’s real-life son, Dominik.

The match was respectable sufficient, however the ludicrous thought of settling a custody dispute with a ladder match at WWE’s annual finish of summer season occasion makes the entire mess one of the absurd matches within the final 15 years. On a extra somber word, it was Eddie Guerrero’s last SummerSlam look earlier than his premature loss of life in November 2005.

The Sumo Monster Truck Match

Sumo Monster Truck Match

There have been loads of sumo matches within the historical past {of professional} wrestling, however nothing compares to the high-octane Sumo Monster Truck Match at World Championship Wrestling’s (later bought by WWE) Halloween Havoc in 1995. And earlier than I get any additional, sure, it is precisely what you assume it’s.

Held on the roof of the TCF Middle in Detroit, Michigan, the match consisted of Hulk Hogan and The Large (WWE’s Large Present), having a sumo-style match whereas every competitor was behind the wheel of a monster truck. Hogan gained the victory after pushing The Large’s truck out of the circle, nevertheless it did not cease there. After the conclusion of the spectacle, the wrestlers continued to combat till The Large fell off the roof.

The Kennel From Hell Match

Kennel From Hell Match

Anybody who watched wrestling within the late 1990s will let you know that the Perspective Period, whereas revolutionary, produced a number of the worst and questionable matches within the historical past of wrestling. Positive, the period gave us the rise of Stone Chilly Steve Austin, The Rock, and numerous others, however man, just a few of the ideas launched have been full and utter trash, just like the Kennel From Hell match.

Held on the 1999 version of the Unforgiven pay-per-view occasion, the match concerned Al Snow and Large Boss Man combating inside a metal cage that was surrounded by one other metal cage with a pack of “vicious” canines. Appears intense, proper? Nicely, the one downside was that each one the rottweilers positioned outdoors the ring did not care in regards to the wrestlers and have been extra involved at barking at each other. The match was by no means introduced again.

The King Of The Road Match

King Of The Street Match

You already know what’s extra harmful than a wrestling match in a metal cage — a wrestling match in a metal cage on and 18-wheeler. And that is precisely what occurred in the course of the 1995 Uncensored WCW (earlier than the promotion was bought by WWE) occasion when Dustin Rhodes battled The Blacktop Bully (Smash from Demolition) within the first and solely King Of The Street Match.

In order to win the match, one of many wrestlers needed to climb to the highest of the caged-off trailer and sound a horn. Sure, a wrestling match concluded by the sounding of a horn. Here is a enjoyable reality in regards to the match: each opponents have been fired from WCW for breaking the no-bleeding company coverage, which resulted in Dustin Rhodes returning to WWE the place he subsequently debuted his most iconic character, Goldust.

The Undertaker and A.J. Styles in the Boneyard Match

The Boneyard Match

When the Coronavirus pandemic of 2020 pressured WWE to make a final minute change to the annual WrestleMania occasion, the corporate elected to carry many of the booked matches on the WWE Efficiency Middle in Orlando as a substitute of cancelling the present outright. One of many largest matches of the present, the Boneyard Match between The Undertaker and A.J. Kinds wasn’t held in a hoop, however in a “graveyard” of all locations.

The bout, which was pre-taped and closely edited, regarded extra like an episode of Walker Texas Ranger than a wrestling match, and whereas I loved myself in the course of the spectacle, this factor was a multitude. The aged and grizzled Undertaker could not climb ladders or different obstacles like he may up to now, so WWE discovered inventive methods of getting previous his restricted capability. However you should purchase a number of the dust from the match on the WWE Store web site.

Buff Bagwell and Judy Bagwell after the Judy Bagwell On A Forklift Match

Judy Bagwell On A Forklift Match

And then there’s the Judy Bagwell On A Forklift Match from WCW’s New Blood Rising from 2000 the place Buff Bagwell defeated Kanyon in a match that was precisely the way it sounds. There have been lots “On A Pole” sort matches, however nothing ever went so far as this god terrible match from the dying days of World Championship Wrestling earlier than the promotion was bought by WWE in 2001.

The worst half about it’s that Judy Bagwell did not have a lot of something to do within the match in addition to stand on an prolonged forklift outdoors the ring. In the event you do not take note of the middle-aged lady crying from a forklift, you’d assume it was simply one other horrible late-era WCW match.

These are just some of the absurd gimmick matches featured on WWE programming earlier than the upcoming Corporate Ladder Match. Will that match be ridiculous as some others on this checklist? We’ll have to attend and see.



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