Number 35: Ladder Match for the Intercontinental Championship Rob Van Dam defeated Christian (c) September 29, 2003
Two of WWE's most seasoned Ladder Match competitors collided in the high risk environment in September 2003, when Rob Van Dam and Christian battled over Captain Charisma's Intercontinental Championship Title.
From the beginning, it was RVD's athelticisim against Christian's cunning as Van Dam launched his educated feet the way most competitors throw punches, while the champion targeted his opponent's lower back to keep him grounded. Captain Charisma's game plan was wise and very well may have worked on any ordinary Superstar. Of course, Rob Van Dam isn't an ordinary Superstar. In the end, RVD executed his trademark Five-Star Frog Splash onto Christian from the very top of a ladder positioned in the corner of the ring. Most competitors would have reported to the nearest chiropractor to have their spines realigned after a maneuver like that. Van Dam simply rose to his feet, climbed the ladder and unhooked the Intercontinental Title to become the new champion.