Over the years, matches requiring the use of a ladder have become somewhat synonymous with WrestleMania, creating some of the most memorable moments and spots in the history of The Showcase of the Immortals. There have been 11 matches that fall under this category and every single one of them is a stand out in their own right, but some are just more memorable than others. Here are the rankings for every ladder match in WrestleMania history:
11. WrestleMania XXVI – Money in the Bank Ladder match: Jack Swagger vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Dolph Ziggler vs. Evan Bourne vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Matt Hardy vs. Christian vs. Kane
The last Money in the Bank Ladder match to take place at a WrestleMania featured the most participants in the match’s history, with 10 superstars vying for a chance to stand tall on The Grandest Stage of Them All. However with so many superstars in one match, many of the competitors got lost in the shuffle, putting on a cluster-filled and less than memorable match at University of Phoenix Stadium. While there are some cool moments, such as Kofi Kingston using a broken ladder as stilts, Evan Bourne’s Air Bourne off a ladder, and Jack Swagger’s complete surprise victory, it just doesn’t stand out as one of the great ladder matches in history. This is just an example of quantity not being better than quality when it comes to ladder matches.
10. WrestleMania 25 – Money in the Bank Ladder match: CM Punk vs. Kofi Kingston vs. Mark Henry vs. Finlay vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Kane vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Christian
For the fifth year in a row the Money in the Bank Ladder match took place at WrestleMania, this time pitting eight superstars against one another in an effort to secure their world championship future. This was pretty solid in terms of a ladder match, but unfortunately it isn’t a very memorable one compared to other WrestleMania encounters. While some moments hold up such as Christian hitting the Killswitch on CM Punk off a ladder, and Shelton Benjamin diving off a 20-foot ladder onto every competitor in the match, the match was over shadowed by the outcome, as nobody expected CM Punk to capture the briefcase two years in a row, becoming the first, and as of this writing, only man to do so. It’ll just go down in history as the second Money in the Bank Ladder match The Straight Edge Superstar won.
9. WrestleMania 22 – Money in the Bank Ladder match: Rob Van Dam vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Matt Hardy vs. Bobby Lashley vs. Ric Flair vs. Finlay
The second annual Money in the Bank Ladder match emanated from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, pitting three Raw superstars and 3 SmackDown superstars in a chance to make history at The Showcase of the Immortals. This was a well done match with some great spots, such as RVD’s top of the ladder splash, and a 57-year old Ric Flair taking a superplex from a 15-foot ladder. The match had some good moments, and RVD’s victory gave Mr. Monday Night his one way ticket to championship greatness that was long overdue. The main issue with this bout was its timing, as it only lasted a little over 12 minutes, making it the shortest Money in the Bank Ladder match in history. While the superstars did their best to make the match memorable in the allotted time, it still could not measure up to the previous year’s match.
8. WrestleMania XXIV – Money in the Bank Ladder match: CM Punk vs. Chris Jericho vs. John Morrison vs. Mr. Kennedy vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Montel Vontavious Porter vs. Carlito
Before Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida holds WrestleMania 33 on Sunday April 2nd, the stadium then-known as the Citrus Bowl held WrestleMania XXIV, arguably one of the greatest WrestleManias of all time. John Morrison’s moonsault ladder spot, Shelton Benjamin being thrown off a ladder through another ladder on the outside of the ring, and the surprise return of Matt Hardy who nailed MVP with a Twist of Fate off a ladder, this match was full of memorable moments that just added onto the spectacle of WrestleMania 24. When CM Punk trapped Chris Jericho in the ladder and took possession of the Money in the Bank briefcase, 74,000 strong erupted in cheers for The Second City Saint’s triumphant victory, marking a great end to an great match.