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When World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) decided to 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.
Thankfully, it hasn't really turned out that way.
Now that the go home edition of Monday Night Raw is in the books, we have a far more clearer picture of what the event will look like. Here's how it stands now.
-- John Cena vs. Big Show in a steel cage match
These two have been feuding since Big Show got really angry that Cena didn't do more to help him keep his job after John Laurinaitis fired him. Well, that and he was cracking jokes and trying to be Ace Ventura after Show was bawling his eyes out in the ring begging to remain gainfully employed. So Show turned and joined the dark side, Cena called him a sell out and here we are. Laurinaitis is caught in the middle, having been the guy who gave Show an iron clad contract. Vince McMahon returned to Raw last night (June 11) to fire Laurinaitis from his post as General Manager of both Raw and Smackdown but changed his mind at the last minute and decided that he'll do so this Sunday night at the PPV if Big Show fails to defeat Cena.
Rest of the card after the jump.
-- CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for the WWE championship
Initially, Bryan won a shot at Punk's title after emerging victorious in a Beat the Clock Challenge. He didn't ultimately win the belt, of course, but the outcome was such that their issues continued. Kane got involved when the two started using him as a pawn against each other. Once he got wise to what they were doing, he just decided to destroy everyone. It's nice when things make sense like that. AJ has been heavily involved in all this as well, having announced that she's crazy about Punk while still being in love with Bryan and having kissed Kane in the middle of the ring. She also peered deep into his twisted being and discovered he has a heart, after all. Where is this all headed? Finding out may be the biggest reason to buy the show.
-- Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler for the world heavyweight championship
Alberto Del Rio was originally penciled in for this title match but suffered a concussion and had to be pulled at the last minute. He just can't catch a break. In his place now is Ziggler, who earned his shot by winning a Fatal Four-Way on Raw last night. He fits the mold because he's had a few matches with Sheamus lately and he's the best candidate to come up from the undercard at the drop of a hat. It's taken suspensions and injuries to get him here but he's here and it should be fun to watch them tear the house down.
-- Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for the Diva's championship
Obligatory women's title match.
-- Christian vs. Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental championship
There hasn't been much to this feud. Christian has been going over clean on lower mid-card talents while Rhodes hasn't been doing much of anything. They've both traded off doing commentary for matches featuring the other and now they'll get in the ring for the rematch with the title on the line. It should be good but both guy's feel a little stale right now.
-- Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga
This isn't much more than a throwaway match just to get two solid names on the free pre-show in the hopes to drive a few extra PPV buys. There's no reason to think Clay won't go over here much in the same vein he has for every other match.
That's the No Way Out 2012 match card, Cagesiders. How does it look to you?