Sunday, August 16, 2015

SummerSlam A to Z: Tables, Ladders and Chairs

TLC SummerSlam 2000
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By Kevin Hunsperger
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Ladder matches had become a regular occurrence in the WWF by the year 2000.  When SummerSlam rolled around that year, Commissioner Mick Foley decided to add a twist to the concept.  He declared the first (technically speaking) Tables, Ladders and Chairs match.  Edge and Christian, who were the tag team champions, had been using chairs as weapons against the Dudleys (tables) and the Hardys (ladders).

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The match at SummerSlam was even more brutal than the triple threat triangle ladder match the three teams had months earlier at Wrestlemania 2000.  I went back and watched the match for this blog and winced several times.  Those chair shots hurt just watching.  Bubba Ray going through the four tables as he tried climbing the ladder was brutal.  Edge getting folded in the ladder and Christian tossed on top of it made me yell in agony.

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Lita's attempt to help the Hardy Boyz backfired as Matt ended up getting knocked into a several tables.  The over-the-ring camera captures an amazing shot of the impact.  Edge spears Lita after that and the champs ended up using a ladder like a stick and treat D-Von and Jeff Hardy like a couple of pinatas and knock them to the ground before climbing the ladder for the win.

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Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler do an excellent job telling the story beyond the violence.  Each man has classic lines during the battle, but I think JR's "I've never seen carnage like this!" hit the nail on the head.  If you have Channel 999, check it out.  Otherwise you can find it for free online.