EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 16: John Cena attends a press conference to announce that MetLife Stadium will host WWE Wrestlemania 29 in 2013 at MetLife Stadium on February 16, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael N. Todaro/Getty Images)
This whole firing thing is getting out of hand.
Last night's (June 15, 2012) episode of Friday Night Smackdown saw World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) add yet another stipulation to the No Way Out pay-per-view (PPV) main event match between John Cena and Big Show scheduled for tomorrow night at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
If John Cena loses, he will be fired.
I know what you're thinking now because I was thinking the same thing when it was announced -- hasn't this been done to death with Cena? Haven't they threatened to fire him (and even gone through with it) and nothing ever came of it like 15 times? In the last two years alone, even?
The answer is yes. But they just can't help going back to the well, apparently in some sort of weird hopes that Cena's potential dismissal will help sell a PPV that badly needs a solid hook to convince the audience to shell out money for it. You know, even if everyone knows there isn't a chance in hell Cena even takes more than one week off even if he does lose.
This was all set up when John Laurinaitis got in the ring with Cena and told him Big Show wouldn't be showing up to answer Cena's call out. So Cena said that only left "Ace" to punch so that's what he would do. Laurinaitis told him if he did so, he would be fired after Show beats him at No Way Out. Cena weighed his options and promptly slugged Lauraintis to close Smackdown.
And here we are.
After the jump, check out the complete No Way Out 2012 PPV match card.
WWE NO WAY OUT 2012 MATCH CARD
-- John Cena vs. Big Show in a steel cage match
-- CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane for the WWE championship
-- Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler for the world heavyweight championship
-- Christian vs. Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental championship
-- Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for the Diva's championship
-- Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez in a tuxedo match
-- Brodus Clay vs. David Otunga