Number 5: Ladder Match for the WWE Undisputed Championship The Undertaker (c) defeated Jeff Hardy June 1, 2002
Jeff Hardy long thrilled the WWE Universe as one-half of the daredevil Hardy Boyz, but the idea that the risk taker could defeat a Superstar as revered as The Undertaker for the Undisputed Title seemed almost unfathomable in 2002. Still, with every rung the young competitor scaled in this Ladder Match, the more WWE fans got behind his impossible effort.
Fully embodying his “live for the moment” ethos, Hardy put aside concern for his own well-being as he flung himself like a shuriken at The Deadman. The high-flyer was black and blue from the heavy fists of the best pure striker in the game, but something inside the young competitor would not allow him to quit. In the end, Hardy was defeated after Undertaker recklessly chokeslammed him from the top of the ladder, but The Charismatic Engima’s effort had been enough to inspire admiration in the stoic Undertaker. Helping his fallen opponent to his feet, The Demon from Death Valley raised the future WWE Champion’s hand in a show of respect that meant more than any victory would