A three-way "pain event"
How anyone was able to walk upright, much less walk away from WWE's first-ever Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match to this day remains a mystery. However, there's no question in our fans' minds that on Aug. 27, 2000, this extreme contest provided some of the most astonishing in-ring action ever witnessed…and WWE.com's No. 4 Greatest SummerSlam Moment.
The three Superstar teams involved in this memorable melee were each recognized as masters in their respective use of the three objects available for the match. Reigning World Tag Team Champions Edge & Christian caved many opponents' skulls with their dual seat-swinging "Con-Chair-To"; The Hardys soared to great success with their high-flying expertise on ladders; and The Dudleys enjoyed nothing more than to "get the tables" and break them on the backs of their adversaries.
It's no wonder that the premiere "TLC" Match, held in Raleigh, N.C.'s RBC Center, would prove to be more explosive than even the greatest pyrotechnics show. Bodies, ladders and chairs were strewn both on the canvas and outside the arena floor like discarded toys, and the pile grew with every attempt to grab the World Tag Titles suspended high above the center of the ring.
At separate intervals, both Matt Hardy and Bubba Ray Dudley would be sent toppling off a 20-foot ladder and crashing through stacks of tables on the outside floor. Lita aided The Hardys by pushing Edge & Christian off the ladder and onto the top ring ropes. And Jeff Hardy and D-Von literally dangled from the air, each desperately clutching onto championship gold as they tried loosening the other's grip. Just as Jeff succeeded in breaking D-Von's grip, then used the ladder not to climb, but to swat the high-flyer out of the sky. With all the other Superstars down and out, Edge & Christian scaled the ladder and snatched their titles, managing to retain the World Tag Team Championship.
Amazingly, it wouldn't be the last time these three teams would engage in such brutal combat; in fact, nearly eight months later, "TLC II" would become one of the most unforgettable contests at WrestleMania X-Seven in Houston. Some might even make a legitimate case that it outdid its predecessor. However, in terms of high-risk insanity, reckless abandon and utter disregard for one's own wellbeing, nothing compares to the original.