I just want to get some opinions, what's the best MITB ladder match? For me, it's SD MITB 2010. Goddamn, I really enjoyed it. One of the few if not probably the only MITB match to have some sort of psychology to it. The whole thing with the Big Show breaking every ladder he stepped on built it up so well for when it was time to bring out that big ass ladder.
@Segunda, not seeing anything from Finaly and Hardy on 6/22/07
Hardy vs Finlay is here:http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2c...?search_algo=2
Best MITB match IMO is the original at WM21, largely due to Benoit's performance and the selling of the arm injury throughout the match and which plays into the finish. Like a lot of MITB matches it has a lot of car crash bumps and spots, but Benoit's selling always ensures the match has some form of coherent story whenever he's in the ring.
The SD MITB 2010 match is really terrific though, probably one of the best ones for a few years. Show's performance was really spectacular and I thought they were brilliantly creative with the giant ladder. Show also has a really oustanding fourway match against Cody Rhodes, Mcintyre and Ziggler from early 2011 which has a similar 'Show vs the world' formula with him wrecking shit and the heels all bumping magically for everything.
Ok, I need to check this one out. Was it really that damn good? I'm not a big Roderick Strong fan and quite frankly D-Bryan's in-ring work doesn't impress me like it does most people. I'm not denying the guy's technical abilities but to me that's not all that makes someone a great wrestler. As a matter of fact, knowledge of holds has absolutely nothing to do with being a great wrestler/worker. They're the same thing in my opinion, wrestler and worker. Cause when you're wrestling a match you're basically working.
But yeah, the names you just listed this match sounds like a blow the fucking gasket match. It sounds like a match where it starts of with some chain wrestling for the sake of chain wrestling and then it just fucking blows. It just evolves into nothing but stiff kicks and head dropping and near falls.
Its a superb match, Danielson's reign from September 2005 through until the end of 2006 was one of the best reigns in US history, and definitely the closest we've come to having a modern day Ric Flair as a champion. The Strong matches basically revolved around a classic Flair story: Bryan would always get his ass beaten in the power/strike exchanges, usually Strong's chops and he'd have numerous instances of stooging and stalling on the outside to try and work a game plan. Strong was also made to look competent and dangerous in the mat wrestling sections, although Danielson usually managed to find an opening here and seize control. This is probably Strong's peak as a worker though, he had some tremendously brutal offence and was someone the crowd were really invested in to beat Danielson who'd become a collosal egotistical prick. They really manage to make Bryan's asskicking emphatic and his subsequent control section always feels more necessary as a result. The finishing stretches are also really well done compared to modern indy wrestling, a lot more teasing of big moves rather than an abundance of kickouts, and Danielson always had a better set of offence where he never really had a move that you bought as pinning a man, but his bridging suplexes, elbows to the head, small package surprise pin and the cattle mutilation or crossface chickenwing were still bought as potential match enders.
The match really revolves around Strong trying to lock in the Strong hold, whereas Danielson tries to survive the onslaught, find an opening and then look to finish Strong off either via submission, or later by knockout through his MMA elbows which he famously used to force a ref stoppage in a lot of his defences when he couldn't beat his opponent clean.
Danielson is sensational as a worker to me though. Sure his mat wrestling and knowledge of holds is excellent by US standards, but he's such a smart worker at laying out and structuring his matches (especially in his title reign) and he's so brilliant at switching it up as a face/heel. He works the crowds tremendously throughout his reign and he has so many diverse matches; from the mat wrestling matches against McGuinness and Shelley, to facing bigger/hard hitting wrestlers like Joe and Strong, to facing hybrid wrestlers like KENTA and Aries, to facing lowercard guys and managing to make the fans think they'll be a title switch like Delirious, Storm and Cabana etc.
Trust me if you like classic Flair defences, especially when he wrestles a bigger/stronger opponent I can't see you not digging this match. It goes around 50 minutes, but its one of the Danielson matches where it really feels justified in going that length, rather than a match that would have been better with 15 minutes shaved off. It really allows Danielson to work the crowd by stalling, begging off, constantly trying to find a way to gain control of the match only to fail, then to see him be vicious and cocky in control, then grow fearful as Strong refuses to be put down and then the dramatic finishing stretch with an abundance of well worked nearfalls where the match peaks.