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 taser match, where one must strike the opponent with the taser, regardless of who retrieved the taser 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 championship belts hung above the ring. Ladder matches and their variants (such as TLC matches 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.

OriginsEdit

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.[3]

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 on the 2007 The Ladder Match DVD and 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/WWEEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 Bret Hart (c) defeated Shawn Michaels Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship WWF Wrestling Challenge July 21, 1992 Portland, Maine
2 Razor Ramon (c) defeated Shawn Michaels (c) Ladder match for the WWF Undisputed Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania X March 20, 1994 New York City, New York 18:47 [4][5]
3 Shawn Michaels (c) defeated Razor Ramon Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 27, 1995 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 25:04 [6][7]
4 Shawn Michaels (c) defeated Goldust Ladder match for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship Xperience August 24, 1996 Toronto, Ontario 18:14
5 Triple H defeated The Rock (c) Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship SummerSlam August 30, 1998 New York City, New York 25:58 [8][9]
6 Big Boss Man defeated Mankind (c) Ladder match for the WWF Hardcore Championship Raw is War November 30, 1998 Baltimore, Maryland 6:21 [10]
7 The Rock defeated Mankind (c) Ladder match for the WWF Championship Raw February 15, 1999 Birmingham, Alabama [11]
8 Mr. McMahon and Shane McMahon defeated Stone Cold Steve Austin Handicap ladder match for 100% WWF ownership King of the Ring June 27, 1999 Greensboro, North Carolina 17:00 [12][13]
9 New Brood (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) defeated Edge and Christian 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, Ohio 16:40 [14][15]
10 Edge and Christian defeated The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) and The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) (c) Triple Threat tag team ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 2000 April 2, 2000 Anaheim, California 22:30 [16][17]
11 The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) (c) defeated Edge and Christian Tag Team ladder match for the WWF Tag Team Championship Raw September 25, 2000 State College, Pennsylvania [18]
12 Chris Jericho defeated Chris Benoit (c) Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship Royal Rumble January 21, 2001 New Orleans, Louisiana 18:44 [19][20]
13 Kurt Angle defeated Chris Benoit Third fall in the Best Two-out-of-three-falls match for Angle's Olympic Gold Medals Judgment Day May 20, 2001 Sacramento, California 23:57 [21]
14 Rob Van Dam defeated Jeff Hardy (c) Ladder match for the WWF Hardcore Championship SummerSlam August 19, 2001 San Jose, California 16:30 [22]
15 Edge defeated Christian (c) Ladder match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship No Mercy October 21, 2001 St. Louis, Missouri 22:16 [23]
16 Rob Van Dam defeated Eddie Guerrero (c) Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw May 27, 2002 Edmonton, Alberta [24]
17 The Undertaker (c) defeated Jeff Hardy Ladder match for the WWE Undisputed Championship Raw July 1, 2002 Manchester, New Hampshire [25]
18 Rob Van Dam (c) defeated Jeff Hardy (c) Ladder match to unify the WWE Intercontinental Championship and the WWE European Championship Raw July 22, 2002 Grand Rapids, Michigan [26]
19 Triple H defeated Shawn Michaels (c) Third fall in a Three Stages of Hell match for the World Heavyweight Championship Armageddon December 15, 2002 Sunrise, Florida 38:30 [27]
20 Eddie Guerrero and Tajiri defeated The World's Greatest Tag Team (Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin) (c) Tag Team ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Judgment Day May 18, 2003 Charlotte, North Carolina 14:18 [28]
21 Rob Van Dam defeated Christian (c) Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw September 29, 2003 Rosemont, Illinois [29]
22 Chris Jericho defeated Christian Ladder match for the vacant WWE Intercontinental Championship Unforgiven September 12, 2004 Portland, Oregon 22:27 [30]
23 Kurt Angle defeated Mike Haywood Angle Invitational ladder match for Angle's Olympic Gold Medals SmackDown! March 10, 2005 Roanoke, Virginia [31]
24 Rey Mysterio defeated Eddie Guerrero Ladder match for the custody of Dominick SummerSlam August 21, 2005 Washington, D.C. 20:19 [32]
25 Edge (c) defeated Matt Hardy Loser leaves Raw Ladder Match for Edge's Money in the Bank contract Raw October 3, 2005 Dallas, Texas [33]
26 Sabu defeated Rob Van Dam Ladder match to become the No. 1 Contender for the ECW World Championship ECW on Sci Fi August 15, 2006 Washington, D.C. [34]
27 Rob Van Dam defeated Big Show Ladder match for Van Dam to pick the date of his future ECW World Championship match ECW October 24, 2006 St. Louis, Missouri [35]
28 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Johnny Nitro Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw November 20, 2006 Baltimore, Maryland [36]
29 Paul London and Brian Kendrick (c) defeated The Blue Bloods (William Regal and Dave Taylor), MNM (Johnny Nitro and Joey Mercury), and The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship Armageddon December 17, 2006 Richmond, Virginia 20:14 [37]
30 The Hardy Boyz (c) defeated Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin Tag Team ladder match for the World Tag Team Championship One Night Stand June 3, 2007 Jacksonville, Florida 17:17 [38]
31 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Carlito Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Raw December 10, 2007 Bridgeport, Connecticut [39]
32 Chris Jericho (c) defeated Shawn Michaels Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship No Mercy October 5, 2008 Portland, Oregon 22:20
33 Jeff Hardy defeated Edge (c) Ladder match for the World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules June 7, 2009 New Orleans, Louisiana 20:07
34 Christian(c) defeated Shelton Benjamin Ladder match for the ECW Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 13, 2009 San Antonio, Texas 18:10
35 Dolph Ziggler (c) defeated Kofi Kingston and Jack Swagger Triple Threat Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 19, 2010 Houston, Texas 8:57 [40]
36 John Morrison defeated Sheamus Ladder match to become the No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship 19:08 [41]
37 Christian defeated Alberto Del Rio Ladder match for the vacant World Heavyweight Championship Extreme Rules May 1, 2011 Tampa, Florida 21:05
38 Triple H defeated Kevin Nash Sledgehammer Ladder match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 18, 2011 Baltimore, Maryland 18:18
39 Dolph Ziggler (c) defeated John Cena Ladder Match for Ziggler's Money in the Bank contract TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 16, 2012 Brooklyn, New York 23:16
40 Adrian Neville defeated Bo Dallas (c) Ladder match for the NXT Championship NXT Arrival February 27, 2014 Winter Park, Florida 16:02
41 John Cena defeated Alberto Del Rio, Bray Wyatt, Cesaro, Kane, Randy Orton, Roman Reigns, and Sheamus Ladder match for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank June 29, 2014 Boston, Massachusetts 26:20
42 Dolph Ziggler defeated Luke Harper (c) Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders, Chairs and Stairs December 14, 2014 Cleveland, Ohio 16:40
43 Daniel Bryan defeated Bad News Barrett (c), Dean Ambrose, Dolph Ziggler, Luke Harper, R-Truth, and Stardust Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 31 March 29, 2015 Santa Clara, California 13:48
44 Seth Rollins (c) defeated Dean Ambrose Ladder match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship Money in the Bank June 14, 2015 Columbus, Ohio 35:40
45 Finn Bálor (c) defeated Kevin Owens Ladder match for the NXT Championship NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn August 22, 2015 Brooklyn, New York 21:45
46 The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (c) defeated The Lucha Dragons (Kalisto and Sin Cara), and The Usos (Jey Uso and Jimmy Uso) Triple Threat Tag Team Ladder match for the WWE Tag Team Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs December 13, 2015 Boston, Massachusetts 17:33
47 Zack Ryder defeated Kevin Owens (c), Dolph Ziggler, Sami Zayn, Sin Cara, Stardust, and The Miz Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship WrestleMania 32 April 3, 2016 Arlington, Texas 15:23
48 James Ellsworth defeated AJ Styles Ladder match for a SmackDown Live contract and for a title shot at the WWE World Championship SmackDown November 22, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario
49 The Miz (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs December 4, 2016 Dallas, Texas 25:00
50 The Hardy Boyz (Matt Hardy and Jeff Hardy) defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson (c), Enzo Amore and Big Cass, and Cesaro and Sheamus Fatal Four Way Tag Team Ladder match for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championship WrestleMania 33 April 2, 2017 Orlando, Florida 11:05
51 The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) (c) defeated #DIY (Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa) Ladder Match for the NXT Tag Team Championship NXT TakeOver: Chicago May 20, 2017 Rosemont, Illinois 20:06
52 Adam Cole defeated EC3, Ricochet, Velveteen Dream, Killian Dain, and Lars Sullivan Ladder match for the inaugural NXT North American Championship NXT TakeOver: New Orleans April 7, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana 31:24
53 Seth Rollins (c) defeated Finn Bálor, Samoa Joe and The Miz Ladder match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship Greatest Royal Rumble April 27, 2018 Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 15:05
54 Elias defeated Bobby Lashley Guitar Ladder match TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 16, 2018 San Jose, California 6:20
55 Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins and Montez Ford) defeated Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, The Undisputed Era (Kyle O'Reilly and Bobby Fish), and The Forgotten Sons (Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler) Fatal 4 Way Ladder match for the vacant NXT Tag Team Championship NXT TakeOver: XXV June 1, 2019 Bridgeport, Connecticut 21:30
56 Kevin Owens defeated Shane McMahon Ladder match with the loser being fired from WWE SmackDown October 4, 2019 Los Angeles, California 12:00
57 Io Shirai defeated Mia Yim Ladder match for team advantage at NXT TakeOver: WarGames NXT November 13, 2019 Winter Park, Florida [42]
58 Adam Cole defeated Dominik Dijakovic Ladder match for team advantage at NXT TakeOver: WarGames NXT November 20, 2019 Winter Park, Florida [43]
59 The New Day (Big E and Kofi Kingston) (c) defeated The Revival (Dash Wilder and Scott Dawson) Ladder match for the WWE SmackDown Tag Team Championship TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs December 15, 2019 Minneapolis, Minnesota 19:20 [44]
  • Many ladder matches, while not officially recognized by the WWE have taken place at house shows. Ten featured Razor Ramon retaining the Intercontinental Championship against Shawn Michaels months before their WrestleMania X encounter.[45][46] 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, as part of a series of nine unrecognized ladder matches the two had.[47] Another featured Jeff Hardy retaining his World Heavyweight Championship against CM Punk in Denver, Co in 2009.[48] 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
Wrestler Victories Appearances
Jeff Hardy 7 12
Rob Van Dam 5 6
Matt Hardy 4 7
Chris Jericho 3 3
Triple H 3 3
Edge 3 6
Dolph Ziggler 3 6
Christian 3 8
Kurt Angle 2 2
Seth Rollins 2 2
Big E 2 2
Kofi Kingston 2 3
Shawn Michaels 2 6
Bret Hart 1 1
Big Boss Man 1 1
Mr. 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
Adrian Neville 1 1
Daniel Bryan 1 1
Zack Ryder 1 1
James Ellsworth 1 1
Akam 1 1
Rezar 1 1
Adam Cole 2 2
Elias 1 1
Razor Ramon 1 2
The Rock 1 2
John Cena 1 2
Finn Bálor 1 2
Shane McMahon 1 2
Eddie Guerrero 1 3
Johnny Nitro/John Morrison 1 3
The Miz 1 3
Kevin Owens 1 3
Goldust 0 1
Stone Cold Steve Austin 0 1
Bubba Ray Dudley 0 1
D-Von Dudley 0 1
Mike Haywood 0 1
Big Show 0 1
William Regal 0 1
Dave Taylor 0 1
Joey Mercury 0 1
Carlito 0 1
Jack Swagger 0 1
Kevin Nash 0 1
Bo Dallas 0 1
Randy Orton 0 1
Kane 0 1
Bray Wyatt 0 1
Roman Reigns 0 1
Bad News Barrett 0 1
R-Truth 0 1
Kalisto 0 1
Jey Uso 0 1
Jimmy Uso 0 1
Sami Zayn 0 1
AJ Styles 0 1
Luke Gallows 0 1
Karl Anderson 0 1
Enzo Amore 0 1
Big Cass 0 1
Johnny Gargano 0 1
Tommaso Ciampa 0 1
EC3 0 1
Ricochet 0 1
Velveteen Dream 0 1
Killian Dain 0 1
Lars Sullivan 0 1
Samoa Joe 0 1
Bobby Lashley 0 1
Dash Wilder 0 1
Scott Dawson 0 1
Mankind 0 2
Chris Benoit 0 2
Charlie Haas 0 2
Alberto Del Rio 0 2
Luke Harper 0 2
Dean Ambrose 0 2
Stardust 0 2
Sin Cara 0 2
Cesaro 0 2
Shelton Benjamin 0 3
Sheamus 0 3

Ladder matches in World Championship WrestlingEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 Dusty Rhodes (w/Barry Windham) defeated Tully Blanchard (w/James J. Dillon and Dark Journey) Barbed Wire Ladder match for $100,000 The Great American Bash July 18, 1987 Charlotte, North Carolina
2 Eddie Guerrero (c) defeated Syxx Ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Souled Out January 25, 1997 Cedar Rapids, Iowa [49]
3 Goldberg defeated Scott Hall Taser ladder match Souled Out January 17, 1999 Charleston, West Virginia [50]
4 Bam Bam Bigelow fought Scott Hall to a no-contest Taser ladder match WCW Monday Nitro January 25, 1999 Dallas, Texas [51]
5 Scott Hall defeated Bret Hart (c), Goldberg, and Sid Vicious Four-way ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Nitro November 8, 1999 Indianapolis, Indiana [52]
6 Chris Benoit (c) defeated Jeff Jarrett Ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Starrcade December 19, 1999 Washington, D.C. [53]
7 Jeff Jarrett defeated Chris Benoit (c) Ladder match for the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship Nitro December 20, 1999 Baltimore, Maryland [52]
8 The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang) defeated 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias) Six man tag team ladder match for a recording contract Nitro July 18, 2000 Auburn Hills, Michigan [54]
9 3 Count (Shane Helms, Shannon Moore, and Evan Karagias) (w/Tank Abbott) defeated The Jung Dragons (Jamie-San, Kaz Hayashi, and Yun Yang) Six man tag team ladder match for a gold record New Blood Rising August 13, 2000 Vancouver, British Columbia [55]
10 The Filthy Animals (Konnan and Rey Mysterio, Jr.) (w/Tygress) defeated The Boogie Knights (Alex Wright and Disco Inferno) Tag team ladder match for a ceramic duck Nitro October 2, 2000 San Francisco, California [54]
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 Three-way tag team ladder match to determine the number one contender for the WCW Cruiserweight Championship Starrcade December 17, 2000 Washington, D.C. [56]

Ladder matches in Impact WrestlingEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 Sabu defeated Malice 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 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 NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 11 August 28, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee
4 Jerry Lynn (c) defeated A.J. Styles 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 For the vacated NWA X Division Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 15 October 9, 2002 Nashville, Tennessee
6 Raven defeated A.J. Styles 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 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) (c) NWA World Tag Team Championship NWA:TNA Weekly PPV # 102 July 14, 2004 Nashville, Tennessee
11 Jeff Jarrett (c) defeated Jeff Hardy NWA World Heavyweight Championship TNA Victory Road November 5, 2004 Orlando, Florida
12 LAX (Homicide & Hernandez) defeated America's Most Wanted (Chris Harris and James Storm) Flag Match TNA Turning Point December 10, 2006 Orlando, Florida
13 Jerry Lynn defeated Jay Lethal, Sonjay Dutt, Austin Starr, and Senshi 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 Abyss to face Cage at Hard Justice 2007 TNA Impact! August 2, 2007 Orlando, Florida
15 Kaz defeated Christian Cage 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) Retain possession of the TNA X Division Championship TNA Impact! December 6, 2007 Orlando, Florida
17 Kaz defeated A.J. Styles Lloser had to wear a reindeer costume TNA Impact! December 20, 2007 Orlando, Florida
18 James Storm defeated Eric Young (c) TNA World Beer Drinking Championship TNA Impact! March 4, 2008 Orlando, Florida
19 Gail Kim defeated Roxxi Laveaux Earn a future shot at the TNA Women's Knockout Championship1 Sacrifice May 11, 2008 Orlando, Florida
20 A.J. Styles defeated Kurt Angle Angle's Olympic gold medal TNA Impact! August 28, 2008 Orlando, Florida
21 Sonjay Dutt defeated Jay Lethal 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 Future shot at the TNA World Tag Team Championship TNA Impact! October 23, 2008 Orlando, Florida
23 Sojournor Bolt defeated Taylor Wilde Future shot at the TNA Women's Knockout Championship TNA Impact! November 6, 2008 Orlando, Florida
24 Alex Shelley (c) defeated Chris Sabin, Jay Lethal, and Consequences Creed TNA X Division Championship TNA Impact! February 23, 2009 Orlando, Florida
25 Amazing Red defeated Jay Lethal, Consequences Creed, Sheik Abdul Bashir, and Kiyoshi 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 Number one contender for the TNA X Division Championship Destination X March 21, 2010 Orlando, Florida
27 Mr. Anderson defeated Kurt Angle 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 (Chris Sabin and Alex Shelley) First match of the Best of 5 Series for the TNA World Tag Team Championship TNA Impact! July 15, 2010 Orlando, Florida
30 Rob Van Dam (c) defeated Abyss 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 For 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 (c) TNA World Heavyweight Championship Against All Odds February 13, 2011 Orlando, Florida
33 Matt Morgan defeated A.J. Styles, Gunner and Samoa Joe 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 No. 1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship. Impact Wrestling September 29, 2011 Orlando, Florida
35 Bobby Roode (c) defeated Rob Van Dam TNA World Heavyweight Championship Sacrifice May 13, 2012 Orlando, Florida
36 A.J. Styles defeated Christopher Daniels, Kurt Angle and Samoa Joe Twenty points in the Bound for Glory Series Hardcore Justice August 12, 2012 Orlando, Florida
37 Jeff Hardy (c) defeated Austin Aries TNA World Heavyweight Championship Turning Point November 11, 2012 Orlando, Florida
38 Jeff Hardy fought Bully Ray ended in a no-consest Hammer hanging above the right Impact Wrestling June 7, 2013 Atlanta, Georgia
39 Gail Kim defeated Taryn Terrell No.1 contender for the TNA Knockouts Championship Impact Wrestling July 11, 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada
40 Sanada (c) defeated Manik, Tigre Uno, Crazzy Steve, Eddie Edwards and Davey Richards TNA X Division Championship. Slammiversary XII June 15, 2014 Arlington, Texas
41 The Wolves (Davey Richards and Eddie Edwards) (c) defeated The Hardys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) and Team 3D (Bully Ray and Devon) TNA World Tag Team Championship Impact Wrestling August 7, 2014 New York City, New York
42 Grado defeated Eli Drake Impact Wrestling March 15, 2016 Orlando, Florida
43 Maria defeated Gail Kim, Madison Rayne, Marti Bell, Rebel and Velvet Sky TNA Knockout Division Commissioner Impact Wrestling April 19, 2016 Orlando, Florida
44 DJZ defeated Rockstar Spud, Mandrews, Braxton Sutter, Trevor Lee and Andrew Everett No. 1 contender for the TNA X Division Championship Impact Wrestling July 12, 2016 Orlando, Florida
45 Trevor Lee defeated DJZ (c) TNA X Division Championship Impact Wrestling February 2, 2017 Orlando, Florida
46 Ace Austin defeated Jake Crist, Tessa Blanchard, Daga Impact X Division Championship Bound for Glory October 20, 2019 Villa Park, Illinois

(1) This match began 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 HonorEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) (c) defeated Kevin Steen and El Generico Ladder War I 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 Ladder War II for the ROH World Tag Team Championship Glory by Honor VIII: The Final Countdown September 26, 2009 New York City, New York
3 The All Night Express (Rhett Titus and Kenny King) defeated The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) Ladder War III 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 City, 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
6 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated The Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley and Chris Sabin) and The Addiction (Christopher Daniels and Frankie Kazarian) (c) Ladder War VI for the ROH World Tag Team Championship All Star Extravaganza VIII September 30, 2016 Lowell, Massachusetts
7 The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) defeated The Hardys (Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy) (c) Ladder War VII for the ROH World Tag Team Championship Supercard of Honor XI April 1, 2017 Lakeland, Florida
8 SoCal Uncensored (Christopher Daniels, Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (c) defeated Flip Gordon and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) Ladder War VIII for the ROH World Six-Man Tag Team Championship Supercard of Honor XII April 7, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana
9 The Briscoes (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) defeated SoCal Uncensored (Frankie Kazarian and Scorpio Sky) (c) and The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) Ladder War IX for the ROH World Tag Team Championship Final Battle (2018) December 15, 2018 New York City, New York
10 The Briscoes( Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) defeated Guerrillas Of Destiny( Tama Tonga and Tanga Loa Ladder War X for the ROH World Tag Team Championship ROH Summer Supercard[57][58] August 11, 2019 Toronto Ontario Canada

Ladder matches in Pro Wrestling GuerrillaEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 Scott Lost (c) defeated Joey Ryan (c) Ladder match for sole ownership of the PWG Tag Team Championship 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 Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) Three-way tag team ladder match for the PWG World Tag Team Championship Threemendous III July 21, 2012 Reseda, California
4 The Briscoe Brothers (Jay Briscoe and Mark Briscoe) (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

Ladder matches in New Japan Pro WrestlingEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 Michael Elgin defeated Kenny Omega (c) Ladder match for the IWGP Intercontinental Championship Dominion 6.19 in Osaka-jo Hall June 19, 2016 Osaka, Osaka

Ladder matches in Lucha Libre AAA WorldwideEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date Location Time Ref
1 El Mesías defeated El Zorro Ladder match for the vacant AAA Mega Championship Guerra de Titanes (2008) December 6, 2008 Orizaba, Veracruz
2 Daga defeated Juventud Guerrera, Fénix, Jack Evans (c), Joe Líder and Psicosis Ladder match for the AAA Cruiserweight Championship Guerra de Titanes (2012) December 2, 2012 Zapopan, Jalisco
3 Aero Star and Drago (c) defeated Laredo Kid and Super Fly, La Familia Fronteriza (Damián 666 and Nicho el Millonario) and Los Psycho Circus (Monster Clown and Murder Clown) Four-way tag team Ladder match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship Héroes Inmortales X October 2, 2016 Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico

Ladder matches in Combat Zone WrestlingEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date and location
1 Chri$ Ca$h defeated Ruckus and Sonjay Dutt Three-way ladder match CZW Sanctioned in Blood September 28, 2002
Dover, Delaware
2 Ruckus defeated Chri$ Ca$h and Sonjay Dutt Three-way ladder match CZW Night of Infamy November 9, 2002
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Sonjay Dutt defeated J. C. Bailey (c) Ladder match for the IWA Mid-South Light Heavyweight Championship CZW Aftermath August 9, 2003
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
4 B-Boy defeated Sonjay Dutt Ladder match CZW Shockwave October 25, 2003
Pistoia, Italy
5 Joker defeated Chri$ Ca$h Ladder match CZW Cage of Death V December 13, 2003
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
6 Chri$ Ca$h defeated G. Q. Ladder match CZW Apocalypse May 1, 2004
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
7 Chri$ Ca$h defeated J. C. Bailey and Spyder Nate Webb Three-way ladder match CZW High Stakes II: Evening Show September 11, 2004
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8 The Best Around (Bruce Maxwell and T.J. Cannon) (c) defeated Eddie Kingston and Sabian Tag Team ladder match for the CZW World Tag Team Championship CZW High Stakes IV January 30, 2010
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9 AR Fox (c) defeated Dave Crist (c) Ladder match for the CZW World Junior Heavyweight Championship and CZW Wired Championship CZW Down With the Sickness September 8, 2012
Voorhees, New Jersey
10 Alex Colon defeated AR Fox (c), Andrew Everett and Shane Strickland Fatal Four Way Ladder match for the CZW Wired Championship CZW Down With the Sickness September 14, 2013
Voorhees, New Jersey
11 Shane Strickland (c) defeated Devon Moore Ladder match for the CZW Wired Championship CZW Best of the Best 13 April 12, 2014
Voorhees, New Jersey
12 AR Fox defeated Mike Bailey Ladder match CZW Down With The Sickness September 12, 2015
Voorhees, New Jersey
13 Matt Tremont defeated Devon Moore Ladder match for the CZW World Heavyweight Championship CZW Seventeen February 13, 2016
Voorhees, New Jersey
14 Joey Janela defeated Lio Rush (c) Ladder match for the CZW Wired Championship CZW Down With The Sickness September 10, 2016
Voorhees, New Jersey
15 Dan O'Hare and SHLAK defeated Billy Danvers & Jimmy Lloyd Tag Team ladder match Dojo Wars #104 December 7, 2016
Blackwood, New Jersey
16 The REP (Dave McCall & Nate Carter) defeated The Private Party (Isiah Kassidy & Marq Quen) Tag Team ladder match CZW Down With The Sickness September 9, 2017
Voorhees, New Jersey
17 John Silver defeated Alex Reynolds Ladder match CZW Down With The Sickness September 8, 2018
Voorhees, New Jersey

Ladder matches in All Elite WrestlingEdit

# Match Stipulations Event Date and location
1 Lucha Brothers (Pentagón Jr. and Rey Fénix) (c) defeated The Young Bucks (Matt Jackson and Nick Jackson) Ladder match for the AAA World Tag Team Championship AEW All Out August 31, 2019
Chicago, Illinois

Other variationsEdit

  • 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. The match was contested only thrice between Tommy Dreamer and Justin Credible, with Credible winning all the matches.
# Match Stipulations Event Date and location
1 The Sandman defeated Sabu Stairway to Hell match House Party (1998) January 10, 1998
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 Spike Dudley, The Sandman and Tommy Dreamer defeated The Dudley Boyz (Buh Buh Ray Dudley, D-Von Dudley and Big Dick Dudley) Stairway to Hell match A Matter of Respect (1998) May 16, 1998
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
3 Justin Credible defeated Tommy Dreamer Stairway to Hell match Guilty as Charged (1999) January 10, 1999
Kissimmee, Florida
4 Justin Credible defeated Tommy Dreamer Stairway to Hell match ECW on TNN January 7, 2000
White Plains, New York
5 Justin Credible (c) defeated Tommy Dreamer Stairway to Hell match for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship Heat Wave (2000) July 16, 2000
Los Angeles, California
  • 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.
  • Tables, Ladders, Chairs, and Stairs match - This match is a TLC match with the addition of steel stairs. It was so named because the 2014 TLC event also involved a Steel Stairs match.

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