Christmas came early to WWE fans as SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long presented a special holiday treat in the form of a Ladder Match for Brian Kendrick and Paul London's WWE Tag Team Championship. London and Kendrick have beaten the best teams SmackDown has to offer, and at Armageddon, the champions climbed a 12-foot ladder to retain their gold and earn the respect they rightfully deserve.

Live in Richmond, Va., Long made an unanticipated decision to have the champions battle not only William Regal and Dave Taylor, but also The Hardys and MNM -- the team London & Kendrick defeated for the titles back in May. Though the champions were not the biggest men in this battle, they were the most tenacious and proved themselves as deserving of the name "champion."

In order to attain the victory in a match of this nature, a competitor scales the rungs of a ladder to retrieve the pair of tag team titles suspended above the ring. As four unique teams in a single ring vied for one prize, WWE fans saw the ultimate in contrasting styles.

No strangers to this type of encounter, Matt & Jeff Hardy have made their fame in several unforgettable matches involving the ladder. Days after Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy experienced a concussion at the hands of the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga on Raw, he and his brother picked up right where they left off years ago, using innovative maneuvers with the ladders as weaponry to weaken their opponents. This action would result in the blow to the head of Joey Mercury that drew a gruesome spew of blood from his face.

As this holiday treat turned out to be one of the grisliest Ladder Matches in history, Mercury was immediately rushed to a nearby medical facility and Nitro was left to battle for the gold on his own.

In what was arguably the defining moment in the young careers of London & Kendrick, the WWE Tag Team Champions outlasted the three highly formidable teams. Using explosive and fearless high-risk techniques and dynamic teamwork, London & Kendrick endured the fierce battle and came out victorious as a bruised London made his way up the ladder to claim both titles.

"When I saw The Hardys, I was nervous because this match was their expertise; it's what put them on the map," said a bruised Kendrick. "I think beating those three teams was a huge feather in our cap, and it's something we should hold our heads high about."

Still dazed, London offered a few words following the unbelievable confrontation at Armageddon.

"We defeated the masters of the Ladder Match in The Hardys," London said, "We defeated MNM who are considered to be one great tag team and we beat two of the best -- if not the best --  wrestlers in Dave Taylor and William Regal. We proved why we're WWE Tag Team Champions." He continued, "We're still alive and we're still the champs. But, more than anything, I'm happy to be out of there."

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Christmas came early to WWE fans as SmackDown General Manager Theodore Long presented a special holiday treat in the form of a Ladder Match for Brian Kendrick and Paul London's WWE Tag Team Championship. London and Kendrick have beaten the best teams SmackDown has to offer, and at Armageddon, the champions climbed a 12-foot ladder to retain their gold and earn the respect they rightfully deserve.

Live in Richmond, Va., Long made an unanticipated decision to have the champions battle not only William Regal and Dave Taylor, but also The Hardys and MNM -- the team London & Kendrick defeated for the titles back in May. Though the champions were not the biggest men in this battle, they were the most tenacious and proved themselves as deserving of the name "champion."

In order to attain the victory in a match of this nature, a competitor scales the rungs of a ladder to retrieve the pair of tag team titles suspended above the ring. As four unique teams in a single ring vied for one prize, WWE fans saw the ultimate in contrasting styles.

No strangers to this type of encounter, Matt & Jeff Hardy have made their fame in several unforgettable matches involving the ladder. Days after Intercontinental Champion Jeff Hardy experienced a concussion at the hands of the Samoan Bulldozer Umaga on Raw, he and his brother picked up right where they left off years ago, using innovative maneuvers with the ladders as weaponry to weaken their opponents. This action would result in the blow to the head of Joey Mercury that drew a gruesome spew of blood from his face.

As this holiday treat turned out to be one of the grisliest Ladder Matches in history, Mercury was immediately rushed to a nearby medical facility and Nitro was left to battle for the gold on his own.

In what was arguably the defining moment in the young careers of London & Kendrick, the WWE Tag Team Champions outlasted the three highly formidable teams. Using explosive and fearless high-risk techniques and dynamic teamwork, London & Kendrick endured the fierce battle and came out victorious as a bruised London made his way up the ladder to claim both titles.

"When I saw The Hardys, I was nervous because this match was their expertise; it's what put them on the map," said a bruised Kendrick. "I think beating those three teams was a huge feather in our cap, and it's something we should hold our heads high about."

Still dazed, London offered a few words following the unbelievable confrontation at Armageddon.

"We defeated the masters of the Ladder Match in The Hardys," London said, "We defeated MNM who are considered to be one great tag team and we beat two of the best -- if not the best --  wrestlers in Dave Taylor and William Regal. We proved why we're WWE Tag Team Champions." He continued, "We're still alive and we're still the champs. But, more than anything, I'm happy to be out of there."

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