Downloaded the Ladder Match DVD. Here are my thoughts.
Jake Roberts vs Junkyard- meh. They show you like the last 2 months of the match. This was more of a history lesson, I guess. Pretty weird to see what they called a ladder match back then lol.
Bret Hart vs Shawn Michaels ***1/2
Shawn Michaels vs Razor Ramon Summerslam '94
Let me first start off by saying, that this is a much better ladder match than their first encounter. I don't know why the first one gets so much praise when this one is even better!
The match starts off with pretty much some back and forth action. After sometime, Shawn gets begins to climb the ladder but Razor Ramon throws him off and Shawn lands with his legs trapped between the ladder. Commence the selling! Ramon works over Shawn's legs for what felt like about 10 minutes. Some just brutal, nasty leg work and Shawn sold it to perfection. Ramon starts off by stomping at the trapped leg, slamming the knee on it and slamming it on the stairs from the apron. Shawn sells everything beautifully. It was pretty sick. I always say, it's not automatic for me to suspend disbelief in a match, the workers have to make suspend disbelief and these two did one hell of a job.
With a beaten down Shawn Michaels on the mat, Ramon begins his ascent up the ladder while Shawn struggle and fights his way to his knees trying to climb the turnbuckle. Shawn delivers a dropkick, knocking the big man off. Shawn begins to mount a comeback, repeatedly irish whipping Razor Ramon into a ladder propped up by the turnbuckle. Shawn now begins to climb the ladder delivering a moonsault off the top crashing down on the big man, furiously laying in punches. He then climbs the ladder again, this time to deliver a body splash, however Ramon moves out the way just in time.
Both men get eventually get to their feet after laying on the floor with the wind knocked out of them. They begin to climb only to topple off. Ramon lands out the outside, Shawn remains on the inside. Shawn grabs a ladder in attempt to strike Ramon, who pulls the rope down sending Michaels crashing to the floor.
As both men get back into the ring, Shawn makes his way up the ladder only to be cut off by Ramon who delivers the Razor's edge. From here, we get the icing on the cake. Razor Ramon sets up a ladder and begins climbing in pursuit of the Intercontinental title. Meanwhile, Michaels (still selling like a boss) fights and claws his way to his feet using a ladder for support. In reality, he's setting up for the spot but being the brilliant worker that he is, Michaels plays it off like he's trying to use the ladder to help him get up.
We reach a point where both men are climbing, now we have the cherry on top the cake. Michaels hits Ramon with a super kick and tries to grab the title but falls off! The crowd begins to explode as they try to rally Michaels up. Michaels second attempt proves to be futile as he fails to grab the title, falling off a fingertip away. An enraged Michaels gets up again, and the third time, however, does in fact prove successful.
Folks this right here is PROFESSIONAL WRESTLING. The storytelling, the drama, the excitement. The business just doesn't churn out matches like this anymore and it certainly doesn't produce workers of this caliber. From Michaels consistent and continual selling to even the little things that sell the match. And by sell, i don't mean holding a limb. I mean telling a story, conveying emotion. Things like Michaels getting pissed off after falling the second time and throwing the ladders around put over his determination to win and his frustrations with failure. This is how you work. The two worked the perfect match.
Yeah second one came out just over a year ago. Had some fun rares on it like a divas one from OVW, E&C Vs Hardys from Raw 2000, one from Smoky Mountain Wrestling, then some awesome matches like Sheamus/Morrison, Christian/Del Rio and others, and Lawler/Miz TLC made the Bluray extras which I was pleased about.