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April 2, 2006 / TJ Hawke

Ric Flair vs. Rob Van Dam vs. Matt Hardy vs. Shelton Benjamin vs. Finlay vs. Bobby Lashley from WWE’s Wrestlemania 2006

Recap from TJ Hawke:

Matt quickly grabbed a ladder on the floor. RVD did a slingshot plancha onto Matt and the ladder. Shelton leaned a ladder against the ropes. He ran up the ladder and did a senton plancha onto everyone on the floor. Back in the ring, Flair climbed a ladder, and Matt gave him a superplex to the mat. Flair sold the bump like death. He was brought to the back. Lashley ate a triple team powerbomb from a ladder. After Finlay cleared the ring, Flair stumbled from the back and took out Finlay. Flair chopped Benjamin, and Benjamin took a big bump to the floor. Flair had a hand on the briefcase, but Finlay hit him with his stick. Lashley started to climb, but RVD hit him with a springboard Van Daminator. Hardy gave Finlay a Side Effect off the ladder. RVD gave Finlay a splash off the top of the ladder. RVD went for the briefcase, but Shelton springboarded onto the ladder. Hardy climbed another ladder. RVD pushed them to the floor. RVD grabbed the briefcase!

On paper, this ladder match looks rather weak. Flair, Finlay, and Lashley are not names you think of when you think of ladder matches. However, Flair and Finlay are excellent story tellers, and they contributed greatly to the match. As for Lashley, he didn’t screw anything up. This match mostly proves that the WWE agents are tremendous at putting together group ladder matches. While I normally prefer Money in the Bank matches to be closer to the 18-20 minute range (as strange as it sounds, these matches really need time to breath in order to reach “greatness”), the fact that there were only six men in the match meant that the twelve minute match length didn’t bring the match down any.

Match Rating: ****1/4

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