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March 19, 2008

Top 20 WrestleMania moments: No. 12

Razor Ramon vs. Shawn Michaels (WrestleMania X, 1994)

Ladder matches have become a staple of WrestleMania in recent years, but Michaels and Ramon created the blueprint with this intense, physically demanding match. At stake was the Intercontinental title. There was a dispute over who was the rightful champion, and both men had a belt in their possession. Michaels and Ramon used the ladder as a weapon in one innovative spot after another. The move that stands out the most was Michaels leaping off the ladder and hitting a splash on Ramon.

The finish was pretty creative, too. Ramon knocked Michaels off the ladder, and “The Heartbreak Kid” crashed into the ropes and got his foot tangled. With Michaels tied up, Ramon climbed the ladder and seized both belts for the victory. Although Ramon won the match, it was the tremendous performance by Michaels that people most remember.

Posted by Kevin Eck at 1:34 AM | | Comments (2)
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I watched that match on pay-per-view. If I remember correctly, Michaels back-body dropped Hall out of the ring and onto the concrete (the proctective mat was no longer there). Hall was a darn good bump taker. It is sad to think about how far he has fallen (no pun intended).

The ending was far from innovative. Bret used that finish countless times in the stampede days.

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