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#MustWatchMonday (7/11/16): Kendrick & London vs. Taylor & Regal vs. MNM vs. Hardys (WWE Armageddon 2006)



On today's edition of #MWM, we go through a classic ladder match that many of you may have forgotten, with most of the men in this match still being relevant in the industry 10 years later.

In 2006, on that year's edition of WWE Armageddon, Brian Kendrick and Paul London put their WWE Tag Team Championships on the line against the teams of Dave Taylor and William Regal, Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro, and the legendary team the Hardy Boyz.

Before #BROKEN Matt Hardy deleted Brother Nero, Matt and Jeff Hardy were members of one of the most decorated tag teams of all time: the Hardy Boyz. Together, they were six-time WWE World Tag Team champions, and participated in one of the most famous tag team matches of all time: the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs series for the tag team championship against the Dudley Boyz and Edge and Christian at WrestleMania and SummerSlam.

Joey Mercury and Johnny Nitro may not be names all wrestling fans are aware of nowadays, but they used to tear it up in the WWE as a tag team. Sporting a gimmick that's somewhat similar to what the Miz has nowadays, they strolled to the ring on a red carpet with paparazzi swarming them. Despite their showy entrance however, they backed it up in the ring, winning the WWE Tag Team Championships on three different occasions. Since breaking up as a tag team, Joey Mercury has since retired from active wresting and is now a backstage agent for the WWE, while Johnny Nitro now wrestles as Johnny Mundo primarily for Lucha Underground, though he will also be making an appearance for PWG's upcoming Battle of Los Angeles tournament under his real name, John Hennigan.

William Regal is a well-beloved figure in wrestling today, and it's not hard to see why. While currently the general manager of NXT, he also trains wrestlers behind the scenes. The most notable of those he trained was a wrestler you might have heard of: Daniel Bryan. In this era, however, William Regal was known as the Villain, playing a pompous heel who used brass knuckles and sadistic methods to win his matches.

Speaking of people Regal trained, one of them was also another participant in this match: Brian Kendrick. If you watched WWE's Bracketology for the CWC last week, Brian Kendrick mentions a time where he was on top of the world in the WWE. I think this time as a tag team with Paul London might be what he was talking about. This team still holds the record for the longest WWE Tag Team Championship reign since the beginning of this iteration of the title in 2002, and are the fourth-longest reigning tag team champions in WWE history. That's nothing to scoff at. The team's style focused on a speedy and high-flying offense, and it worked great for them, as proven by the previously mentioned accolades. The two still team together on occasion around the independents, a testament to how good the chemistry was between these two wrestlers.



Now to the match itself. The match was actually made on the spot during the PPV, with the original tag team title match supposedly being a straight up defense between London and Kendrick vs. Taylor and Regal. One "holla, holla, holla, playa" later though, and Teddy Long made it the match you see in the video.

The match was brutal, with all eight wrestlers going at each other hard. Jeff Hardy was at a disadvantage, as he was battling off injuries that he incurred when he had faced Umaga on RAW the previous week. It didn't stop him from using the ladders though. In fact, of all the four teams, only the dad team of Regal and Taylor were hesitant to use the ladders, initially looking for ways to avoid their use until they had no other choice.

A couple of notable spots are Jeff Hardy doing a sunset flip powerbomb on Nitro off the ladder, Regal steadying the ladder for Taylor as he tried to climb it to grab the titles, and the unfortunate incident of a ladder smashing Mercury in the face, causing a severe injury and bleeding that forced him to be pulled out ofthe match. The incident had lasting effects, as it led Mercury on a real life downward spiral that took him a few years to recover from. Nitro fought hard on his own, but eventually it boiled down to London and Matt Hardy fighting on top of the ladder, with Paul London coming out victorious. Definitely a spectacle of a match you need to see.

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Brandon Sy is a PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics currently based in Sydney. Since he wasn't allowed to watch wrestling as a kid, he's been overcompensating ever since. Despite being a huge fan of Japanese wrestling, he still holds a soft spot in his heart for WWE's Kane. He's good for recommending matches from pretty much anywhere, whether it be Japan, Europe, the US or Mexico. He'd be ecstatic if you watched Dragon Gate though.

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