Matt Hardy has lifted the lid on how much the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian got paid for their ground-breaking Ladder Match at No Mercy in 1999.
The bout between the Hardy Boyz and Edge & Christian at No Mercy in October 1999 was the first tag team Ladder Match in WWE history. While subsequent matches involving the two teams may be more famous, this night in Cleveland, Ohio is where it all began.
Battling over the managerial services of Terri, the young stars defied death as well as gravity in re-defining what a Ladder Match could look like. Although the card also featured a clash between Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin and saw The Rock in action, it was the chaotic tag team bout which stole the show. Both teams leaving the ring to a standing ovation from those in attendance.
Speaking on the first episode of his podcast, The Extreme Life of Matt Hardy, the now-AEW star revealed how much the four men got paid for the part in tag team history. Despite the match reaching classic status, Hardy explained that he initially only received $5000 for his work, although this was later increased.
“Initially my brother Jeff said ‘$50,000?’ [recalling the pay-check for their match]. And then he said ‘20,000?’. Then I ask Edge about it and he said, “I don’t know. Was it $5,000? Was it $10,000?”. That $10,000 stuck out in my head initially. Then I asked Christian who said “I have a pretty good lock on this, I remember it well”. You would get paydays for pay-per-views like three months later (…) We got $5,000 for the match. And then we thought ‘Oh my god. Come on guys.’ This was like a show-stealer (…) We knew it was definitely special and we addressed JR about this. JR ended up bonusing us each $5,000. So we all made $10,000 on that night,”
The following night on Raw, both teams returned to the ring but this time there wasn’t a ladder in sight. After being acclaimed as the winners of the ‘Terri Invitational’ The Hardy Boyz were interrupted by Edge & Christian. However, despite the rivalry, the two teams once again received a standing ovation before shaking hands as a show of respect.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.