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When World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) decided to bring add the No Way Out pay-per-view (PPV) back to its schedule this year on June 17, 2012, at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey, it was done with the idea that it should be a gimmick show. You see, if it's entitled "No Way Out" then each match should play on the theme that there is, well, no way out.
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There are only two matches currently set for the card but on last night's (May 28, 2012) episode of Monday Night Raw, the main event got its stipulation. Here's how the updated match card looks:
-- John Cena vs. Big Show in a steel cage match
Big Show's heel turn has been executed brilliantly, with the WWE writing team effectively telling his story by using entire show's worth of content to explain just what it is he's so pissed off about. The guy never felt like he had job security, which led him to embarrass himself throughout his career (nice way to tie this in to the Cody Rhodes storyline just before this one), but he had an opportunity to get him the iron clad contract he always wanted. So he went through with a sound business decision (it really was) and turned on everyone. It also made sense because no one acted like they gave a shit anyway, so now it's time to stop pretending like he cares about making people smile and start being a giant who just murders everyone. Seriously, this was done so very well, if you don't like it, just head for the door because from a writing standpoint, WWE won't get much better. John Laurinaitis added the steel cage match stipulation during a segment on Raw last night as a way to make sure no one interferes in the match and Cena gets what he deserves.
-- Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio for the world heavyweight championship
Del Rio earned this shot by winning a triple threat match on Smackdown that also featured Randy Orton and Kane. This isn't the first time WWE has booked these two for a singles match at a PPV, as they tried to do so at Over the Limit this month, but this time they might actually go through with it instead of adding two guys to make it a Fatal Four Way. That's because Chris Jericho is suspended and while throwing Orton into the mix for a triple threat might seem like a sound idea at first, it would really kill Del Rio, who needs to find some way to establish himself as a top level heel. Right now, it's just not happening. Plus, Orton and Sheamus are kind of the same guy and when they have a match, it should come with months of build, not thrown together because Jericho got suspended and the powers that be are worried Del Rio won't sell. He won't, not right now, but that doesn't mean give up on him. No stipulation has been added to this match yet but that should change soon enough.
That's the card as it stands right now, Cagesiders. Thoughts on it?