latest WWE "No Way Out" is, believe it or not, only the eight one that has taken place. This
two hour and forty-seven minute pay-per-view,
held at the First Mariner Arena in Baltimore, Maryland, featured a few surprises,
a couple of good matches and one of the best matches the two wrestlers involved
have ever put on.
Here's the card:
- WWE Crusierweight Championship [Psicosis
vs. Super Crazy vs. Brian Kendrick vs. Paul London vs. Scotty 2 Hotty vs.
Funaki vs. Kid Kash vs. Nunzio vs. Gregory Helms]
- What a great match to open this show! As i've stated before, one of the
few strengths of SmackDown! is its crusierweight division. And looking over
the rest of the card, there are a couple of matches that could've been
trimmed (or eliminated) to expand the length of this match. All the
participants put on high energy, high-flying spot filled match that could've
been a lot longer.
- Theodore Long in his office with Booker
T. and Sharmell
- I like Teddy Long. That is all.
- Kristal Marshall outside WWE.com
'Instant Access' room
- Lashley vs. JBL
- Apparently, Lashley went into this match with an undefeated streak in
singles matches appearances. Thanks to a clothesline from hell from JBL and
Finlay's shillelagh, it stops here. Not that much of a fan of JBL's, sure
he's been good in some matches and he does some good heel promos, but I
wouldn't find myself sitting in front of the TV anxiously awaiting his
match. I really don't know that much about Lashley to care either way. He's
a big guy, and he does have a couple of moves, but I found myself counting
the minutes until the next match.
- Batista promo in the ring
- Even though he's currently on the DL, Batista stops by to let fans know
he's still in the industry, he's close to healed and he'll be taking back
the Heavyweight belt once he returns.
- Randy Orton walks in on Kurt Angle in
his locker room
- Nothing sordid. Get your mind outta the gutter.
- WWE Tag Team Championship [Matt Hardy &
Tatanka vs. MNM]
- Up until the match took place, Matt Hardy's tag team partner was unknown.
After a pretty being paired with just about every single person in the WWE,
many were speculating (or even hoping) that his brother Jeff would be making
his way to the ring. Since Jeff is no longer with TNA, that could be a
future possibility. For now, Tatanka was the one to stroll down to the ring
to team with Matt for this match. MNM are probably one of the best (and only) tag teams the WWE has had in a
long time. Heck, I think the Goldust/Booker T combo was the last time a
"team" entertained me. That said, this was a pretty good match. In addition
to MNM, Matt Hardy puts on another good show and Tatanka...well, Tatanka
gets an "'ol school" pass from me. In fact, he seems to be in much better
shape than previous "'ol schoolers" that the WWE has resurrected.
- United States Championship [Chris
Benoit vs. Booker T.]
- Honestly? There really isn't much that I can say about this match. Lately,
it seems like Booker is the only person that Benoit wrestles. Much like
those other matches, Benoit puts on a helluva show, but i'd really like to
see him in a different feud.
- WrestleMania Title Opportunity [Rey
Mysterio vs. Randy Orton]
- Say what you will about Randy Orton, but he's a damn good heel. He exudes
a natural cockiness and has shown that he possesses the skill to be a good
wrestler. It's a shame he can't get his backstage persona in order. But
enough tabloid talk. While I don't have a problem with Rey and Randy
feuding, I have a problem with the way they've gone about it. Basically,
they've decided to use the late Eddie Guerrero to get some unnecessary heat
for Orton. As i've already stated, Randy's a good, natural heel who really
doesn't need cheap, exploitative stunts to get heat. However, that's what
the fine folks at the WWE have decided to use as a catalyst for this feud.
After Rey won the Royal Rumble, he decided to defend Eddie's name by proving
he's the better wrestler - hence, this match. Size difference aside, both
fellas are pretty evenly matched and put on one of the better matches on the
- World Heavyweight Championship [Kurt
Angle vs. Undertaker]
- I admit that i'm not that big a fan of the Dead Man's. In fact, his whole
"undefeated" schtick and the way he always seems to squash whomever he faces
gets on my nerves with a quickness. When G!, our fearless head honcho,
designated me as the reviewer of choice for
WWE Tombstone - the History Of the Undertaker, I was torn. I always
appreciate it when my boss suggests a disc for me to review, but this was a
wrestler that I really could care less about. However, after watching the
disc, I saw that he put on some great matches in the past and I respect the
way he came up. Kurt Angle, on the other hand, is one of my favorite
wrestlers. He puts 138% of himself into every single match he's in,
sometimes even wrestling when injured (in fact, he was recently wrestling
through an injury until Mark Henry gave him an "out" by breaking a rib or
two). I have no problem saying that this was one of the best matches i've
seen so far this year. Both guys really stepped up and for close to thirty
minutes, put one one helluva match. If the WWE ever puts out a Kurt Angle
DVD, well, it'll have to be a multi-disc set to fit all of his great matches
on it, but this one will definitely be among them.
In addition to the six match card, we're
also treated to the following extras:
- Mark Henry appreciates Batista
- And here I thought "Randy Orton walks in on Kurt Angle in his locker room"
- Booker T. & Sharmell talking about
- Boo. Hoo.
- Josh Matthews interviews Kurt Angle
No Way Out's picture was colorful and vibrant. There was some slight compression issues due to
some of the pyro and
graphic elements. It's presented in the WWE's standard full frame 1.33:1 ratio.
Audio: The Dolby Digital 5.1 sound
was crystal clear and enveloped my living room while I was watching it.
Viewers are also given the option of watching the disc in Spanish.
Conclusion: No Way Out probably had the fewest matches of any PPV
i've reviewed so far. However, with the exception of the JBL/Lashley match
and the Benoit/Booker match, they were enjoyable. I'm still trying to figure
out how the running time could be so long with so few matches. Regardless, I
have no trouble giving this one a Recommended rating for the
Angle/'Taker and cruiserweight matches.