9. Money In The Bank Ladder Match - WrestleMania 22
This was the second annual Money in the Bank ladder match, and was billed as an inter-promotional affair, with three representatives from Raw (Rob Van Dam, Shelton Benjamin, and Ric Flair) and three representatives from Smackdown (Bobby Lashley, Finlay, and Matt Hardy). Van Dam, Benjamin, and Hardy represented the ladder match veterans who could handle the high spots. Lashley was the unproven rookie looking to make a statement. The real head-scratchers were the inclusion of grizzled vets Finlay and Flair. One doesn't usually think of a ladder match when they look at those two. It was Flair who provided the biggest gasp of the match as he took a superplex off the top of the ladder from Matt Hardy, which took him out of the match for a short period of time. The pop when Flair returned was pretty big as well. The decision to have Rob Van Dam win was the right move at the time, as RVD was overdue for a world title win. Van Dam and Benjamin stole this match, but the inclusion of guys who don't really do highspots dragged it down a bit.
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