| Date: February 17, 2002
| Venue: Bradley Center | City: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
| Attendance: 15, 291 | Buyrate: 575, 000
Tonight there will be no way out for Chris Jericho as he defends his Undisputed WWF title against number one contender Stone Cold Steve Austin. Austin won number one contendership in a four man tournament where he beat Booker T on Smackdown whilst Kurt Angle beat The Rock. Austin and Angle then met on Raw and it was Stone Cold that picked up the big win. Austin and Jericho have gone back and forth since then with both men pouring beer on the other at one point. Jericho has had an easy enough ride since the Royal Rumble with his only major defence coming against Maven. The winner of this match will go into Wrestlemania as champion, which will be the first for Jericho but who will they be battling against?
It seemed set in stone that Triple H is going to the Wrestlemania main event as he won the Royal Rumble but a spanner has been thrown in the works. Since returning there has been a lot of heat between the popular Triple H and his not so popular wife Stephanie. Stephanie wanted to renew her wedding vows with Triple H, something The Game refused until Stephanie told him that she’s pregnant. Triple H would later find out that she was lying and he left her at the alter before hitting her father Vince with a Pedigree for good measure. Vince would later grant Kurt a match against Triple H at No Way Out in which the winner will go to Wrestlemania to contend for the WWF Championship. And Stephanie McMahon will be the special guest referee.
No Way Out is being labelled a triple main event with the aforementioned two matches being joined by a match between The Rock and The Undertaker. The Rock has mocked The Undertaker for being eliminated rom the Royal Rumble by Maven but Undertaker would get his revenge, costing The Rock his match against Kurt Angle and Tombstoning The Rock on top of a limo. Tonight the two meet in their first PPV match against one another since King Of The Ring 1999. Goldust is a man that returned at the Royal Rumble and sinc ethen has been stalking a mystery person that he later revealed to be Rob Van Dan. It hasn’t been clear why Goldust has been stalking Van Dam but he did attack on Raw a couple of weeks ago, setting up the two for a match tonight.
The Intercontinental Championship will be on the line tonight as William Regal defends against Edge in their third consecutive PPV match. Regal has been using brass knucks to win matches for months and so a stipulation has been made that the brass knucks will be on a pole for his match against Edge tonight and either man is able to go up a get the knucks in order to use them. The Tag Team Championships will also be on the line as Tazz and Spike Dudley defend against Booker T and Test. The likes of The Dudley Boyz and Lance Storm and Christian weren’t happy about Booker T and Test getting a title shot so Ric Flair has made a tag team turmoil match for No Way Out in which the winners will get a tag team title shot at Wrestlemania. Christian and Lance Storm, The Dudley Boyz, Billy and Chuck, The APA, Scotty Too Hotty and Albert and The Hardy Boyz have all been announced to compete.
Prior to the show, new European Champion Diamond Dallas Page beat The Big Boss Man by disqualification.
In the most bizarre start to a pay per view, there is no opening package! Instead, Jim Ross welcomes us to the show after a very short opening sequence and we are right into the nWo entrance! Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash (formerly Diesel) and Scott Hall (formerly Razor Ramon) make their way to the ring with the stylised black and white filters. They get a huge pop. Nash kicks off the promo saying that they’ve had a lot of heat form the boys since they got there. There’s a lot of “what” chants which ruin any promo at the moment. Nash and Hall haven’t been on a WWF PPV since April 1996. Hall gets on the mic with a “hey yo” and claims that the nWo are a bunch of marks and are here just to work with some of the great WWF superstars. Hall says he’s looking forward to drinking some beer with the boys for Nash tells him no. Hogan then gets on the mic and before he even says anything he gets a huge pop. Hogan hasn’t been in a WWF ring on PPV since June 1993 at King Of The Ring, nearly 9 years ago. Hogan says that they just want a chance and the one man that gave them a chance is Vince McMahon. Hogan says God bless Vince McMahon and God bless the fans. A babyface promo from the nWo but Jim Ross isn’t buying it!
Tag Team Turmiol for a Tag Team title shot at Wrestlemania
Scotty Too Hotty & Albert vs. Christian and Lance Storm
Lance Storm looks for his first pay per view victory tonight, I don’t fancy his chances. He starts the match with Scotty Too Hotty. Scotty and Albert beat Christian and Test at Vengeance. Scotty gets the first near fall of the night and tags out to Albert. Albert gorilla press slams Lance and giant swings Christian. Albert then hits a big pump kick on Storm for a two count. Christian breaks up the cover and Albert headbutts him off the apron. Lance hits a dropkick for a two count. Storm tags out to former 7 time tag team champion Christian but both Canadians get hit by a double clothesline from Albert. Albert then tags out to Scotty who hits a kick for a two count. Storm then tosses Scotty out of the ring. They then get rid of Albert but that gives Scotty Too Hotty time to get back in the ring, hit a bulldog on Christian and attempt the Worm but Storm attacks him from behind and Christian hits an Unprettier to eliminate Scotty and Albert from the match!
Christian and Lance Storm vs. The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff)
Lita join the Hardy Boyz who haven’t been on TV since the Royal Rumble. Matt kicks things off but is a victim from double teaming. The tag team titles are currently held by Spike Dudley and Tazz but they defend against Booker T and Test later. Christian tags in, he’s no stranger to the Hardy Boyz. Matt hits a hotshot on Christian and tags in his brother Jeff. Christian tags out soon and Jeff takes out both men. Jeff hits a Russian leg sweep on Storm and a legdrop. All hell then breaks loose and Lance hits a nice takedown on Jeff and rolls through to a half crab. Matt breaks it up and Storm then accidentally dropkicks his own partner. Matt hits a twist of fate on Lance and Jeff hits a Swanton Bomb to get the three!
The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray & D-Von)
The Dudley Boyz are joined by Stacy Keibler. The Hardyz hit Poetry in Motion on Bubbaa Ray but D-Von takes the advantage. The Dudley Boyz have left the last two No Way Out PPVs as Tag Team Champions. Bubba locks a submission move on Jeff Hardy but Matt breaks it up. D-Von comes in and lays into Jeff. These two teams fought at Survivor Series in a cage match that Bubba Ray and D-Von won. Jeff attempts a superplex on Bubba Ray but Bubba shoves him off and attempts a senton bomb but Jeff gets out of the way. Both men then tag out and all four en get into it. Matt hits a DDT on Bubba Ray and a legdrop off the second rope on D-Von. Jeff then clotheslines D-Von out of the ring. Stacy Keibler gets involved and Lita follows suit and takes Stacy out of the equation. Bubba then hits a Bubba Bomb on Matt Hardy but Lita comes off the top with a hurricanrana ob Bubba Ray that sends him to the outside. Jeff dives out at Bubba Ray whilst in the ring Matt rolls up D-Von for the three! D-Von attacks Matt after the result and the Dudleyz then hit 3D on Jeff!
The Hardy Boyz (Matt & Jeff) vs. Billy (Gunn) & Chuck (Palumbo)
Billy and Chuck rush the ring and go right to work on Matt. Billy and Chuck have been a great time as of late. Chuck hits a superkick on Matt and Billy hits the Fame-asser to get the three! The Hardyz are out of here!
Billy & Chuck vs. The APA (Faarooq & Bradshaw)
Bradshaw and Billy go at it on the outside whilst Faarooq and Chuck Palumbo battle it out in the ring. Faarooq hits a big shoulder block off the middle rope for a two count. Bradshaw tags in and works stiff on Palumbo. The APA beat Chuck and Sean O’Haire at Invasion last year. Palumbo hits a big clothesline on Bradshaw but the big Texan catches Palumbo when he attempts a cross body and Bradshaw hits a fallaway slam. Bradshaw tags Faarooq and in comes Billy who hits a neckbreaker. I like that Billy and Chuck have matching ring gear, it just makes them look more of a real team than say Christian and Storm. Gunn is one of the most experienced wrestlers in the company right now. He lays into Faarooq in the ring, applying a chinlock. Faarooq gets out of it and hits a spinebuster. Faarooq tags Bradshaw and Billy tags Chuck. Bradshaw lays into anything that moves before disposing of Palumbo. Bradshaw then hits the Clothesline From Hell on Billy and gets the three count! Bradshaw and Faarooq win the match and they’re heading to Wrestlemania! Billy leaves with a busted nose after a decent way to open the show.
Michael Cole is backstage with Ric Flair who is concerned with the nWo. The Undertaker then says that Flair should be worried about who is keeping their eye on him.
Goldust vs. Rob Van Dam
This is a first time meeting between these two men. IT looks like they’ve dubbed over his new music with his old music and crowd noise. Goldust attacks Van Dam before the bell but Van Dam hits a spinning heel kick to take the advantage. Goldust returned at the Royal Rumble, starting the match. RVD hits a nice spinning legdrop and standing handspring moonsault for a two count. Goldust leaves the ring and heads to the back to a chorus of boos. Interestingly, RVD doesn’t go after him. Goldust has a change of heart and walks back towards the ring, dragging Van Dam out of the ring and attempting to throw him into the barricade but Van Dam reverses it. RVD then hits his trademark spinning kick onto Goldust who was laying prone on the barricade. Goldust hits a knee and then goes flying to the outside with an elbow. Lots of Dusty Rhodes references from Jim Ross in this.
Finally back in the ring and Goldust hits a backside bump. Goldust looks great in this match. He pops RVD on the top rope and then bends him backwards, wrenching him across the ringpost. Goldust then catapults RVD into the ropes and hits a knee drop for a two count. Goldust once again hits the catapult onto the ropes. The bizarre one is working on the lower back in this one, now applying a camel clutch. I can see Van Dam getting ivolved in the Intercontinental title at Wrestlemania, he’s a hell of a talent and deserved of a top match. It’s a No Way Out debut for Rob Van Dam wheras Goldust wrestled on the first event back in 1998, wrestling as “The Artist Formerly Known As Goldust”. He and Marc Mero lost to The Headbangers that night. Van Dam hits a monkey flip and a flying kick for a near fall. RVD then hits Rolling Thunder for a two count. Goldust attempts his trademark uppercut but RVD averts it, hits a legdrop and then attempts his 5 star frog splash but Goldust gets out of the way!
Goldust hits a DDT for a near fall and then signals for the Curtain Call. He tries it but RVD flips over the top and hits a spinning heel kick for a two count. Goldust misses with a bulldog and Van Dam hits a spinning heel kick and the 5 star frog splash which is enough for the three. Rob Van Dam wins the match, his first PPV victory since Unforgiven last year. Decent chemistry with these two, Goldust looked great.
Stone Cold Steve Austin is backstage where he bumps into the nWo. Scott Hall presents Austin with a 6 pack of beer but Austin says he isn’t thirsty and throws the beer to one side. The nWo then let Austin through.
Tazz & Spike Dudley (c) vs. Booker T & Test – WWF Tag Team Title Match
Booker T and Test attack Tazz and Spike as they make their entrance. Test lays into Tazz in the corner, thrusting his boost into the champions throat. This is the second PPV defence for Tazz and Spike after they beat The Dudley Boyz at the Royal Rumble. Tazz hits a big clothesline and tags in Spike. Essentially it looks as though the winners of this match will take on the APA at Wrestlemania so you’ve got to fancy Booker T and Test. Test hits a clothesline on Spike and tags in Booker T who hits a kick. Booker then hits some big chops to Spike’s chest and then he and Test double team the runt of the litter. Spike and Tazz weigh less than 400 pounds together. Test lays into Spike with some running clotheslines in the corner. Test then cheap shots Tazz off the apron and slams Spike.
Spike hits a headbutt to Tests abdomen and then attempts the Dudley Dogg but Test throws him out the ring, allowing Booker to stomp away on him before throwing him back into the ring. Test tags Booker who hits his scissors kick and then engages in a spineroonie! Tazz breaks up the cover and Booker T then pops Spike on the top rope. Boker gets distracted by Tazz which allows Spike to hit a spinning DDT on Booker. Spike tags Tazz and Booker tags Test. Tazz hits clothesline on both challengers and a northern lights suplex on Booker. Tazz then tries for the Tazzmission on Test but Test fights him off. Spike hits the Dudley Dogg on Test and Booker then pulls Spike out of the ring. Tazz pins Test but Test kicks out. Test then rolls Tazz up and puts his feet on the ropes but the referee sees it. Test pushes the ref and the ref pushes Test back, right into Tazz who locks on the Tazzmission! Test taps out and it’s Tazz and Spike that retain the tag team titles! Tazz and Spike against the APA at Wrestlemania? I can’t see it happening.
Jonathan is backstage and asks The Rock how his physical condition is after The Undertaker tombstoned him on top of a limo 10 days ago. The Rock has been waiting 10 days to whip The Undertakes ass and tonight Undertaker is a dead man walking.
William Regal (c) vs. Edge – Brass knucks on a pole match for the Intercontinental Championship
This is the third pay per view in a row we’ve been treated to William Regal vs. Edge in an IC title match. They have both won one, Edge won at Vengeance and Regal took the title at Royal Rumble. Now Regals brass knucks are on a pole and it’s a race to get them down and use them. Regal has gone back to his old music. Edge has the unfortunate distinction of wrestling the most PPVs without main eventing in history. Edge lays into Regal before the bell, laying into him all round the ring. They get into the ring and Edge hits a clothesline and suplex as the bell rings. Edge then goes for the knucks but William stops him. Both men try to get the knucks unsuccessfully and so battle outside the ring again. Edge throws Regal into the crowd and follows him in there, hitting him with right hands. Edge then goes for the pole again but Regal tries to stop him. Edge decides to jump off the top with a dropkick for a two count.
Regal locks on an abdominal stretch, using the ropes for extra leverage. A “Regal sucks” chant breaks out and Edge hits a hip toss before throwing the champion out of the ring. I like that they two have feuded over the IC title for three consecutive pay per views. It’s elevated both men. Edge climbs up the pole again but Regal pushes him off. Regal then hits a double underhook powerbomb on the outside. Regal throws Edge back in the ring and locks on the Regal Stretch. Edge is bleeding from the mouth but he doesn’t tap out. This is a No Way Out debut for Regal but Edge has won one and lost one at this event before. Edge doesn’t tap out so Regal hits him with another double underhook powerbomb. The champion the goes over to get the brass knucks but Edge crotches him on the top rope.
Regal tries for a powerbomb on the apron but Edge grabs the top rope and there’s a bit of a botch which looks a little like Edge hit a hurricanrana. Both men crash to the outside in any case. Edge attempts to get the knucks but Regal pushes him off and gets the knucks himself. Edge hits a suplex off the top and the brass knucks roll across the ring. Edge crawls to get them but Regal kicks them out of the ring. Edge hits a spear and then grabs the knucks from outside the ring. He puts them on his hand and tries to stand Regal up but Regal hits him with two big left hands with some knucks of his own! Regal pins Edge and gets the three! Regal beats Edge for a second consecutive pay per view!
Lilian Garcia is backstage with Kurt Angle. She says that Kurt must be feeling confident now that Stephanie McMahon is the special guest referee for their match. Kurt has gold medals, he’s the best in the world. Kurt says that Triple H would have been a terrible daddy but tonight Kurt is going to be Helmsleys daddy!
There’s a video package for The Rock and The Undertaker now.
The Undertaker vs. The Rock
This is only the third pay per view match between these two men. The Rock won the first, a semi final match in the Deadly Game tournament at Survivor Series 1998. The Undertaker beat The Rock, retaining his WWF Championship against him at King Of The Ring 1999. So consider this the rubber match. The Rock sprints to the ring and the match gets underway quickly! The Rock hits a big clothesline but Undertaker slows him down with a big boot for the first near fall of the match. The Rock has been quite quiet recently, whilst The Undertakers stock has risen. Rocky hits some big right hands but Undertaker jabs The Rock in the throat. Rock and Undertaker then botch a neckbreaker, looks like Undertaker was at fault for that one. It’s been nearly three years since their last pay per view match. The Rock has always worked as the face. Undertaker hits some elbows to The Rocks face in the corner.
Undertaker chases the referee around the ring and The Rock comes flying out of the corner with right hands but Undertaker hits a sidewalk slam for a two count. Unlike the last 2 PPV matches between these two men there is nothing on the line. The Rock has fought on all four No Way Out PPVs, in the previous 3 he’s lost at 2 of them and won at one. Undertaker only wrestled at last years event in a losing effort. The Rock sides teps a big boot and then clotheslines Undertaker out of the ring. Rocky slams Undertakers face into the spanish announce table and then starts taking it apart. Undertaker rams The Rocks head into the ring steps and then atomic drops im onto the barricade. Definitely should have been a count out by now. Undertaker hits The Rock into the crowd and follows him in. The two men go at it into the crowd and through some doors. Undertaker then takes The Rock back towards the ring.
Undertaker hits a legdrop on The Rock on the apron before pinning him in the ring for a two count. Undertaker then applies a bear hug, which you don’t tend to see much these days. The Rock fights out of it and hits a big clothesline. A big “live” graphic comes up at this point. The two men slug it out which results in The Rock hitting a big DDT. Rocky then nips up and hits a spinebuster before attempting the People’s Elbow but The Undertaker grabs him by the throat! The Rock hits a low blow and some right hands but Undertaker hits a chokeslam! Undertaker is slow to make a cover so The Rock kicks out. Undertaker then leaves the ring and gets on his bike. He looks like he’s eaching for something in his bike. The referee comes out and Undertaker pushes him into the ring steps. Undertaker then grabs a lead pipe from his bike but out comes Ric Flair! Flair tries to stop Undertaker but the Dead man pushes him away and gets in the ring.
The Rock takes Undertaker down and locks on the Sharpshooter! But out comes Vince McMahon! The Rock lays into McMahon which gives Undertaker time to get up. He scoops The Rock up for a Tombstone but Flair gets back in the ring and smashes Undertaker with the lead pipe! The Rock hits the Rock Bottom and that’s enough for the win! The Rock beats The Undertaker tonight with help from Ric Flair! A decent ending to a fairly dull match.
Mr Perfect is at WWF New York basically mouthing off at the people there.
There’s a video package up next for Triple H and Kurt Angle. This is mainly centred about the relationship between Triple H and Stephanie.
Triple H vs. Kurt Angle – Number one contenders match for the WWF Championship with Stephanie McMahon as special guest referee
Like the previous match, this is the third PPV match between Triple H and Kurt Angle. Triple H beat Kurt at Unforgiven 2000 with help from Stephanie McMahon whilst Kurt retained his title against Triple H at Royal Rumble 2001 with help from “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Triple H has wrestled at the last 3 No Way Out PPVs, beating Stone Cold Steve Austin last year and Cactus Jack the year before. Kurt has wrestled at the last two, losing the WWF Championship to The Rock at last years event and beating Chris Jericho for the Intercontinental title the year before.
Stephanie and Triple H get in each other faces before the bell and Kurt quickly rolls Helmsley up for a quick two count. Kurt has wrestled on every single PPV since he debuted in the WWF. This is his 32nd in a row. Triple H lays into Angle with right hands and a clothesline. A “take your shirt off” chant breaks out aimed at Stephanie. Kurt hits a suplex and then accidentally clotheslines Stephanie out of the ring! Triple H hits a back body drop and then throws Angle out of the ring before grinning at Stephanie who is out cold on the outside. Kurt gets back in and hits some chops as other referees carry Stephanie to the back. Triple H hits a beckbreaker for a two count and then waves off Stephanie before hitting some right hands on Kurt. Angle ducks a clothesline and hits three consecutive German suplexes. Triple H hasn’t been WWF Champion for nearly two years. Since then, The Rock, Austin and Kurt have had two reigns a piece.
Kurt hits a belly to belly suplex for a two count. He hits two more belly to belly suplexes but can’t keep Helmsley down for a three. Angle locks on a sleeper. Angle hasn’t actually won a PPV match since winning the WWF Championship at Unforgiven last September. Triple H gets out of the sleeper hold but angle regains the advantage with right hands. Triple H fights back and hits a high knee ala Harley Race and a spinebuster ala Arn Anderson for a two count. Helmsley hits a facebuster for a two count and Kurt rolls out of the ring. Triple H is in persuit but Kurt gets back in the ring and nails the referee! Triple H hits a neckbreaker on Angle but once again the referee is down. Kurt hits a low blow and the Angle Slam! Stephanie comes running back to the ring and slides in but Triple H kicks out at two!
Angle applies an ankle lock but Triple H kicks him off and into Stephanie, knocking her down to the canvas. Helmsley hits a DDT but two referees are down in the ring. Kurt rolls out and grabs a chair but Triple H sees him coming and hits the Pedigree! He hooks the leg and Tim White counts it but Stephanie drops an elbow on Tim White before he can count the three! She follows that up with a low blow and Triple H gets in her face and sets her up for a Pedigree but Kurt attacks him with a chair! Kurt hits him a couple more times and then the Angle Slam! Stephanie counts the cover and Angle gets the three! Kurt Angle wins the match and is going to the main event of Wrestlemania! What a shocker! I did not see that coming! Decent match between these two.
Kurt Angle is backstage with a towel on happy with what he’s done tonight. He gets in his car and tells some bloke that if anyone asks Kurt where he’s gone, to tell them he’s going to Wrestlemania.
The Rock is backstage when the nWo turn up. Hogan asks for a picture with The Rock, it’s his sons favourite wrestler. The Rock makes some funny remarks about Razor Ramon, Diesel and then Hogan. Great promo from The Rock with these three.
Chris Jericho is walking backstage with his two belts. We then get a video package for Austin and Jericho’s title match.
Chris Jericho (c) vs. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin – Undisputed WWF Championship Match
This is the second PPV singles match between these two men with Jericho beating Austin at Vengeance in their first contest to win the gold. This is Jericho’s 32nd PPV in a row, the joint record with Kurt Angle. This is Jericho’s third match at No Way Out and his third time he’s walked in as a champion. He lost his Intercontinental Championship to Kurt Angle in 2000 and retained his Intercontinental title in a fatal four way match against Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero and X Pac at last years event. The two men go toe to toe as the bell ring and Jericho flips Austin off. Something Austin recipricates. Only the three staple titles have been defended tonight in the WWF title, the Intercontinental and Tag Team titles. Austin throws Jericho out of the ring and chases him around and back into the ring. Stone Cold hits some knife edge chops in the corner which look extremely painful. Austin then bashes Jericho’s face into all three turnbuckles on one ring post.
Stone Cold hits two suplexes but Jericho gets back into it with a neckbreaker. This is Austins 40th PPV main event which is a record at this point in time, joint with The Undertaker. Jericho hits a reverse elbow and then goes to the top but austin catches him with a right hand. Austin then clotheslines Jericho out of the ring and hits some more knife edge chops against the barrier. Back in the ring and Austin misses with a shoulder charge in the corner. Austin rolls outside the ring and Jericho throws him into the ring steps. The two men then battle up the enreanceway where Austin throws Jericho into the trucks parked up at the top. Jericho hits some knife edge chops of his own and throws Austin back into the ring. Jericho goes up top but Austin crotches him on the top rope and hits a superplex. Austin then hits another superplex off the top. Austin injured Benoit with one of those in a triple threat match at King Of The Ring last year in a match which Jericho was involved with. Austin hits a third superplex and Jericho kicks out.
Austin goes back to the knife edge chops in the corner and follows them up with a clothesline. Jericho then shoves the referee and low blows Austin. Well, the winner of this match goes to the Wrestlemania main event to take on Kurt Angle. Austin would make more sense but you never know what can happen. Jericho goes for the Walls of Jericho but Austin wills through it. Jericho then hits some knife edge chops but Austin fights back with a hotshot and elbow drop for a two count. Jericho throws Austin out of the ring and grabs a chair but Stone Cold fights him off. Jericho throws Austin into the barrier and then the announce table. Back in the ring and Jericho locks on a sleeper while comically shouting “ASK HIM!!”. Austin gets out of it and capitalises on a Jericho mistake to catapult him into the top rope. Austin goes for a Stunner but Jericho pushes him away. Austin hits a couple of clotheslines and a spinebuster.
Stone Cold hits a sloppy powerslam but I don’t think it was his fault. Two count for that. Jericho hits a bulldog and two Lionsaults for a near fall. Y2J hits some more chops, which has been the theme of this match. He then goes for the Walls of Jericho and he locks it on! Austin gets to the ropes causing Jericho to break the hold. The champion then goes outside and grabs the WWF Championship but the referee tries to stop him and Austin nails Jericho into the referee. Austin hits a spinebuster onto the title belt and hooks the leg but Jericho kicks out. Stone Cold then goes fhr the Stunner but Jericho counters it into the “breakdown” onto the title belt. Jericho hooks the leg but Austin kicks out! Jericho goes for a bulldog but Austin ducks and Jericho nails the referee! Austin then locks on the Walls of Jericho and Jericho taps out! But the referee is down! Austin gets up and Jericho grabs the WWF title but Austin hits the Stunner! The nWo then race down to the ring and lay into Austin! They leave the challenger laying after Scott Hall hits him with a Stunner. They leave and Jericho rolls the referee back in, pins Austin and gets the three!
Jericho retains his WWF Championship against Austin with a lot of help from Hogan, Hall and Nash. The nWo then get back into the ring and go back to laying into Austin. Hall hits another Stunner and Hogan finds some spray paint from under the ring. He gives it Hall who spray paints “nwo” on Austins back.
And that was No Way Out 2002. Right off the bat it’s surprising that there wasn’t a Women’s title match and after building some heat recently, no Big Show or Kane. The nWo did return though and rather insincereley declared that they’re happy to be back. Expect them to be in big matches at next months Wrestlemania. Another team that are going to Wrestlemania are Bradshaw and Faarooq, the APA. I was a little surprised not to see Billy and Chuck win as they have been getting a lot of air time recently. Spike and Tazz retained their tag team titles but I can’t see those two teams going at it on the grandest stage of them all unless we get an APA heel turn. I would have liked to see Booker T and Test beat Spike and Tazz but it means that they can be used in bigger (hopefully singles) matches instead. It does make you wonder how the likes or Billy and Chuck and The Hardy Boyz will fit into the Wrestlemania card. Maybe I’ve answered my own question and they’ll battle each other. Or maybe Billy and Chuck will replace Edge and Christian in a 3 way TLC match?
Rob Van Dam beat Goldust in a pretty predictable match. Goldust looked great in his first major match back and kepy up with RVD every step of the way. He’ll probably end up being a novelty act but Van Dam should get involved with the Intercontinental title picture for Wrestlemania unless they pair him off against Booker T. I expect RVD to be in a feature match none the less. William Regal beat Edge to retain his Intercontinental title, finding a way to cheat in a match that it was difficult to cheat in! This to me says that Regal will take on Van Dam next. Not sure where it leaves Edge, maybe against Christian again or maybe in a bigger match against someone like Big Show, Booker T or Kurt Angle.
In the first or three main events, The Rock beat The Undertaker. I’m not really sure why Vince McMahon got involved, maybe because Flair did. This wasn’t the best match and looked to serve more of a purpose to get Flair involved and inevitably set up a match between he and Undertaker at Wrestlemania. Not sure where it leaves The Rock but he did have a run-in with the nWo later, so he could end up taking on any one of the three. In the biggest shocker of the night for me, Kurt Angle beat Triple H which guarentees him in the Wrestlemania main event. There was a lot of help from Stephanie McMahon which makes me think the road to Wrestlemania might take another turn yet.
Jericho beat Stone Cold in the main event after some assistance from the nWo. All three of the main events were won after a run in which I wasn’t a huge fan of. None the less, it’s Jericho that is going into Wrestlemania as Undisputed Champion but there’s no way they’re going with Jericho vs. Angle. Heel vs. heel? No chance. It looks as though Austin, like The Rock, is getting involved with the nWo but I can see Triple H getting into the main event somehow. Maybe it’ll be a triple threat. The first triple threat Wrestlemania main event in history and they all have some sort of history with Stephanie so it would make sense. Overall a decent pay per view. It won’t be the best of the year but it won’t be the worst. Worth a watch for the return of the nWo.
Overall Rating: 67.14/100 (ranked 10th out of 134)
Match Of The Night: Triple H vs. Kurt Angle
Worst Match Of The Night: The Rock vs. The Undertaker
Surprise Of The Night: Kurt Angle beats Triple H
Worst Booking Of The Night: Tazz and Spike beat Booker T and Test
Superstar Of The Night: The nWo
No Way Out 2002 Will Be Remembered For: The return of the nWo