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The Ladder Match has grown to become one of the most popular matches in the history of the WWE, and in this release wrestling fans can explore the history of their favorite fight from its debut at WrestleMania X (featuring Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon) to the premiere of the "Money in the Bank" Ladder Match at WrestleMania XXI.
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The "Ladder Match" retrospective DVD released by WWE Entertainment is an interesting look at one of the more unusual (and dangerous) specialty matches in pro wrestling. Much like the "Steel Cage Match" retrospective WWE did a few years ago, there are matches from multiple wrestling organizations included (WWE has purchased the rights to alot of footage from rival companies no longer in business). Among the more interesting aspects of this collection is the fact that Ladder Matches in general were not a WWE creation, although they poularized it in the US. The matches were staged in Canada for more than a decade before any US wrestling company tried on. This DVD features some of the more famous Ladder Matches, including the WrestleMania match between Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramoan, and multiple tag team ladder matches from the ealy part of the decade when teams like The Dudley Boys and Edge & Christian battled routinely in specialty matches. The rarities include a Stampede Wrestling (Canada) Ladder Match from 1979, The first ever WWE ladder match (Brett Hart vs Shawn Michaels in 1992, never shown on TV), and the brutal "Tables, Ladders, & Chairs" match for the WWE Championship pitting the legendary Ric Flair against then champ Edge from 2006 (Flair's first ladder match). With footage from WWE, Stampede, WCW, & ECW this collection is a good combination of rare and more famous Ladder Matches and features many of the biggest names in Pro Wrestling over the past 20 years competing.