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When The Triple Threat Ladder Match Stole The Show At WrestleMania 2000

Ryan Sidle

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When The Triple Threat Ladder Match Stole The Show At WrestleMania 2000

20 years ago today Edge and Christian, The Hardy Boyz and The Dudley Boyz created history in the first ever tag team triple threat ladder match at WrestleMania 2000.

WrestleMania 2000 might not be remembered as a classic, with an ending that left fans very unhappy, but it did kick off the legendary rivalry between three of the most iconic tag teams of the Attitude Era.

The three teams went into the event in California after months of rivalry between the pairs. The Dudleys went into the match as the tag champions after beating the New Age Outlaws at the previous month's pay-per-view event, No Way Out.

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All three teams had battled each other to attempt to win tag team gold since the turn of the year and the first ever tag triangle ladder match was the only way to decide the title.

On a night where Chris Benoit, Kurt Angle and Chris Jericho wrestled a brilliant two falls match and the main event was stacked with star power in The Rock, Triple H, Mick Foley and Big Show, it was the tag teams who really stole the show.

In 22 and a half death defying minutes of action the six men completely changed WWE history, in a way that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon had six years earlier in the company's first televised ladder match, at WrestleMania X.

Moments such as Edge spearing Jeff Hardy from the top rope, whilst Hardy was climbing the ladder, would eventually be overshadowed by the TLC matches between the three that were to come but this match set the standard.

It would be Edge and Christian who would win the match, with both men reaching for the titles after balancing a table across two ladders, to kick off their first reign as champions.

They would hold the titles seven times together and Edge went on to be a 12 times champion, also teaming with Hulk Hogan, Benoit, Randy Orton and Jericho to win them, the most tag titles won by any one in WWE history.

At Summerslam later that year the three teams would meet in the first ever TLC match, though the format wasn't any different to the match at Mania.

A year later and they would meet again at the grandest stage of all at WrestleMania 17, often considered one of the best of the shows in history, in TLC 2 as the three teams finished what they'd started in 2000, in one of the greatest tag feuds in history.

Topics: Randy Orton, Wrestlemania, WWE

Ryan Sidle
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