I thought the ladder match was brutal- not necessarily because of how many stiff-looking moves there were, but because of the inherent problem of having lots of people in the ring, lots of metal lying around, and lots of aerial moves. As we saw with Joey Mercury's fairly horrific face-plant onto the metal, one unlucky fall in a ring full of ladders is going to mess you up pretty badly. I wonder how many of these matches would actually happen if the wrestlers had a bit more freedom to decide what they would and would not do, because there certainly seem to be plenty of specialty matches that don't jeopardize the wrestlers' health so much.
Even worse, Mercury was back almost immediately on TV wrestling with a mask. I understand the added pressure for him to be working, given that he spent 3-6 months in rehab last year, but it's hard to believe that he would be out there if he had some bargaining power (rather than being the sometime tag team partner of Johnny Nitro, whose future and marketability seem far brighter than Mercury's). I know it's a smart booking move to work injuries into the storyline, but this just seems like yet another example of the unbelievable control WWE has over its "independent contractors".