No Way Out
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A video package runs focusing on John Cena vs. Big Show tonight.
A graphic opening hits welcoming us to No Way Out. We go live to New Jersey where a huge display of pyro goes off. WWE World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus is out to kick off the show.
WWE World Heavyweight Championship
Sheamus (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler w/ Vickie Guerrero
Lilian Garcia handled the ring introductions for the challenger Dolph Ziggler and champion Sheamus. Vickie gave Ziggler a good luck kiss when the bell rang and Sheamus nearly hit a Brogue Kick. Sheamus with a big elbow and headlock takeover early on. Crowd in New Jersey is behind Ziggler. Sheamus avoids a sleeper early from Ziggler. Sheamus with a slingshot shoulder block over the top rope from the ring apron. Sheamus with a huge elbow from the corner that drops Ziggler. Ziggler with a big DDT on Sheamus. Ziggler catches Sheamus with a knee coming off the ropes. Ziggler performs a headstand while applying a headlock on Sheamus. Ziggler again with another DDT countering Sheamus. Sheamus with rights, but Ziggler catches him with a big dropkick. Sheamus with a close rollup on Ziggler. Ziggler keeps it grounded and locks on a full body submission. Sheamus takes a kick to the face, but responds with two big axe handles, a shoulder in the corner, misses a high knee and Ziggler gets the sleeper locked on. Sheamus dumps Ziggler to the ring apron to break it up. Ziggler with a series of counters, throws Sheamus into the corner and connects with a Fameasser. Ziggler with a close two count. Vickie is yelling with the referee. Huge “LET'S GO ZIGGLER” chant. Sheamus pulls himself up to the top turnbuckle, but Ziggler jumps up and brings Sheamus down with a facebuster. Ziggler hooks the leg and again gets a close two count. Sheamus with an Irish Curse backbreaker. Sheamus with repeated forearm shots to the chest of Ziggler against the ropes. Sheamus counters a sleeper and connects with White Noise. Sheamus backs to the corner and is calling for the Brogue Kick. Sheamus connects with the Brogue Kick, hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE World Heavyweight Champion: Sheamus
After the match, we see a series of highlights leading to the finish. Back live, we see a shot of Sheamus holding up the WWE World Heavyweight Championship and a frustrated Dolph Ziggler recovering.
Backstage, we see a shot of Vince McMahon walking down the hall and John Laurinaitis walks up. Laurinaitis says he knows Mr. McMahon has a concussion and wants to make sure everything is okay. Vince puts his hand up and walks into a room. Josh Mathews walks up wanting word from Laurinaitis. Laurinaitis says to leave him alone since he has a show to run tonight, tomorrow and the future.
WWE United States Champion Santino Marella vs. Ricardo Rodriguez
Both are dressed in tuxes. Santino takes a bow and the fans cheer. Ricardo takes a bow and they boo. Ricardo rips off a piece of Santino's tux. Santino does the same to Ricardo ripping off the sleeve. Santino with a pair of atomic drops on Ricardo and takes off Ricardo's jacket. Santino holds out the jacket and Ricardo runs at it like a bull. When he did it a second time against the ropes, Ricardo was sent out through the ropes. Santino with drop toe holds removing the shoes of Ricardo (which smell when Santino takes a whiff). The fans in New Jersey start a “BORING” chant. Ricardo loses his shirt, but his bow tie is still on. Ricardo avoids a shot from the Cobra and pulls of the shoes and pants of Santino. When he pulls off Santino's sock, a Cobra sock is on and he kicks Ricardo in the face with it. Santino pulls off the pants of Ricardo revealing underwear with Alberto Del Rio's face on it. Santino gets the win.
Winner: Santino Marella
Backstage, Matt Striker is with WWE Champion CM Punk. He asks what is going on with AJ. Punk says AJ is crazy and while he digs crazy chicks, this match isn't about her. He said it is about his WWE Championship and he is focused tonight. AJ walks up and gives Punk a kiss on the cheek. She wishes him luck. Punk says luck is for losers.
WWE Intercontinental Championship
Christian (c) vs. Cody Rhodes
Cody Rhodes with a quick shoulder block on Christian early on. Christian with shoulder blocks of his own dropping Rhodes. Christian with a big slap to Rhodes. Rhodes responds with a quick charge. Christian drops out between the legs of Rhodes and pulls him down on the ring apron face first. Christian follows that up with a dropkick through the ropes and then launches himself to the ring apron. Rhodes then trips up Christian. Rhodes pulls Christian shoulder first into the steel ring post. Rhodes with a vertical suplex on Christian and then dumps him down face first. Rhodes dumps Christian out and Christian lands with a thud on his shoulder. Christian drop toe holds Rhodes into the middle rope. Christian then drops the back of Rhodes' head off the top rope and connects with a cross body from the top turnbuckle. Rhodes rolls through and gets a close two count. Christian with a top rope huricanrana on Rhodes for a two count. Rhodes avoids a Killswitch and connects with an Alabama Slam. Roll Tide. Christian comes back with an inverted DDT. Rhodes avoids a Spear from Christian. Rhodes with a close pinfall countering a sunset flip. Christian with the Killswitch. Rhodes kicks out! Rhodes gets his knees up during a frog splash from Christian. Christian counters a kick to the face, Rhodes counters Killswitch, Christian avoids another kick to the face and Christian connects with a Spear. Christian gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE Intercontinental Champion: Christian
We see a shot of Metlife Stadium, the home of Wrestlemania 29 next year.
#1 Contendership for the WWE Tag Team Championships
Primo and Epico w/ Rosa and Abraham Washington vs. Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel vs. The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) vs. The Usos
We start with Titus O'Neil and Jey Uso. Quick tag to Darren Young who is suplexed over Jey who moves out of the way. Tag to Jimmy Uso who chops Young. Tag to Jey who charges in on Young in the corner. Epico tags himself in. Tag again to Jimmy and The Usos hit a double elbow drop. Jimmy with a sitdown bomb. Tag to Justin Gabriel who misses a series of kicks. Jey gets a tag and takes out Gabriel with a Samoan Drop. Titus tags himself in going after Gabriel. Titus powers Gabriel down, tags Young in and suplexes Young over Gabriel. Epico tags himself in and kicks Gabriel in the corner. Tag to Primo who hits kicks as well. Tag back to Epico who dropkicks Gabriel. Epico with back suplexes to Gabriel. Tag back to Primo with a quick leg drop. Tag to Tyson Kidd who takes out Primo with a big springboard dropkick. Kidd with another dropkick to Primo. Kidd with a leg drop over the back of Primo's neck and then connects with a blockbuster off the top turnbuckle. Primo with a backstabber on Kidd for a close two count. The Usos with a double superkick on Titus. Usos with a suicide dive to the outside on Epico and Young. Kidd with a top rope huricanrana on Primo to everyone on the floor. AW tosses Primo back in the ring. Young lifts Primo up and drives his knees into his chest. AW prevents Epico from breaking up the pinfall. Young gets the pinfall.
Winners: The Prime Time Players (Darren Young and Titus O'Neil)
After the match, Abraham Washington raises the arms of both Neil and Young indicating he is going with them. Primo, Epico and Rosa start arguing with AW. Neil and Young beat down Primo and Epico.
A promo for WWE's Money in the Bank PPV on July 15 airs.
A video package runs focusing on Brock Lesnar's return to WWE and his attack on Triple H.
Triple H's music hits and the WWE COO comes out to a big reaction in New Jersey. Triple H says he has spent over half of his life in this ring and he did it because for the most part it was the only thing he ever wanted to do. He added he also never really wanted to get a real job. Triple H then says here he is and now with a corporate job. He talks about having to deal with legal problems since Paul Heyman filed two lawsuits against WWE. Triple H calls himself an ass kicker and a fighter – not a corporate lawyer guy. He talks about Paul Heyman saying Brock Lesnar wants to fight. Triple H mentions quotes from Lesnar saying he isn't an entertainer and instead an ass kicker. He mentions Lesnar breaking his arm the last time he was in a WWE ring. Triple H says the arm is feeling a lot better. He proposes to put everything behind them, get rid of the lawyers, get rid of the lawsuits and get rid of the “fat balding manager.” Triple H says to Lesnar, “This is about me and you. We're fighters Brock. And I want to fight you. Brock Lesnar I want to fight you bad. Brock Lesnar, Triple H, one-on-one, Summerslam. It's not about anything else Brock. Let's do this. Let's…do…this. Let's…fight. Brock Lesnar…let's fight. Or you can be happy with being a quitter. Whatever works for you Brock. I'll be waiting.” Triple H drops the mic and heads to the back.
Backstage, AJ comes up to Daniel Bryan and says after everything they have been through, there is a part of her that hasn't gotten over him. She doesn't expect him to do anything with that and wants to wish him good luck. AJ gives Bryan a kiss on the cheek and walks off.
WWE Divas Championship
Layla (c) vs. Beth Phoenix
Beth Phoenix gets Layla off her early on getting up in the ropes. Phoenix taunts Layla. Layla with a dropkick that takes Phoenix off her feet. Layla grabs the crown of Phoenix and mocks her with it. Layla with a quick facebuster on Phoenix coming off the ropes. Layla with a dropkick to the chest of Phoenix after faking her out a few times. Layla with a quick kick to the chest. Phoenix quickly responds kicking Layla to the outside. Phoenix launches Layla into the padded guard railing area. Phoenix drops Layla over her knee and starts pressing down on her neck. Layla with knees to break it up. Layla counters out of a Glam Slam attempt pushing off the corner. Layla with a corner cross body. Phoenix with a quick powerslam. Layla counters a press slam into a DDT. Layla with a big neckbreaker on Phoenix and gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE Divas Champion: Layla
Backstage, we see AJ going up to Kane in a dark area. She wishes Kane good luck tonight and gives him a kiss on the cheek. Kane grabs her by the arm and they start making out.
Sin Cara vs. Hunico
Hunico comes out with a series of kicks. Hunico catches Cara with a quick dropkick. Cara with an armdrag to Hunico. Hunico catches Cara when he dives through the ropes. Hunico with a springboard senton over Cara from the ring apron. Hunico with a big dropkick to Cara in the corner. Hunico with a big tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. It has been all Hunico taking out Cara from the start. Loud “WE WANT RYDER – WOO WOO WOO” chant starts up. Hunico catches Cara with a quick kick to the head and then goes back to the headlock. Hunico with a powerbomb on Cara when Cara jumps up. Cara with a kick to the face on the ring apron. Cara with a big huricanrana and a series of dropkicks. Cara with a big spinning head scissors takedown into a facebuster. Cara hooks the leg and gets the pinfall.
Winner: Sin Cara
Michael Cole notes that over 1 million fans have attended WWE events in New Jersey at the Izod Center since the early 1980s.
A video package runs hyping CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane.
WWE Championship – Triple Threat Match
CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane
Justin Roberts handled ring introductions for the challengers Kane and Daniel Bryan along with the champion CM Punk. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan double team Kane early on with kicks. Punk and Bryan exchange shots. Crowd is into everything they are doing. Kane quickly drops Punk. Bryan launches Kane out of the ring. Punk then takes out both Kane and Bryan with a suicide dive. Kane pulls Punk out and launches him into the padded guard railing. Kane with an uppercut to Bryan leaping off the ring apron. Kane pulls the body of Punk against the steel ring post. Kane locks on a full body submission on Punk. Punk catches Kane with a boot and Bryan charges in with a big flying knee to Punk. Kane with a side slam on Bryan. Bryan with a kick to the face of Kane and then hits a baseball slide sending Kane out. Bryan drops repeated knees to the head of Punk. Punk with elbows to Bryan up on the top turnbuckle. Kane tosses Punk aside and then hits a big uppercut to Bryan. Kane and Punk take turns shoving each other away near Bryan. Bryan with a double dropkick to Punk and Kane. Bryan with kicks to the chests of Punk and kane repeatedly. Bryan takes out Kane with a big kick to the head, misses a shot on Punk and Punk gets a close two count. Punk witha high knee to Bryan and Kane. Punk with a reverse neckbreaker on Kane. Punk with a quick short arm powerslam on Bryan. Kane has Bryan on his shoulders. Punk with a top rope clothesline knocking Bryan off the shoulders of Kane. Punk dumps Kane to the outside and gets a close cover on Bryan. Punk with a flying elbow over Bryan. Kane with a big boot to Punk when Punk attempted a GTS on Bryan. Punk misses a flying elbow on Kane. Bryan with a top rope headbutt on Bryan. Bryan hooks the leg and Punk kicks out. Kane goes over the top rope when Bryan pulls it down. Bryan with a jumping elbow to the head of Kane. Bryan with a kick to the head of Punk and applies the Yes Lock. Punk reverses for a close two count. Punk with the GTS on Bryan. Kane pulls Bryan out. Kane with a top rope clothesline on Punk. Punk counters a chokeslam into a DDT on Kane. Punk with a flying elbow on Kane. Kane with a big boot to Punk. Kane with a chokeslam on Punk, hooks the leg and Punk somehow gets a shoulder up. Punk avoids a Tombstone Piledriver attempt, pushes Kane into the ropes, AJ jumps up and Kane knocks AJ off. Punk with the GTS on Kane. Punk gets the pinfall.
Winner and still WWE Champion: CM Punk
After the match, WWE officials check on AJ as CM Punk celebrates with the WWE Championship. We then see a shot of a dazed AJ smiling at Punk.
A promo for the 1,000th episode of Monday Night Raw on 7/23 airs.
Ryback vs. Dan Delaney and Rob Grymes
Ryback with a crazy high back body drop and clothesline on Delaney and Grymes. Ryback press slams Grymes. Loud “GOLDBERG” chant. Ryback drops Delaney right on his shoulder with power. Ryback with a splash off the second rope over Delaney. Ryback grabs both, hooks the arms over his head, puts both on his shoulders, marches around and drops them both back with force. Ryback pins both.
After the match, we see a shot of Ryback yelling, “Feed me more!”
A promo for WWE Summerslam on August 19 airs.
A video package runs hyping John Cena vs. Big Show.
Steel Cage Match
If John Cena wins, John Laurinaitis will be fired
If Big Show wins, John Cena will be fired
John Cena vs. Big Show
John Laurinaitis and Vince McMahon both are out at ringside. The bell rings and Big Show comes right at John Cena. Cena dodges an early chokeslam, but is taken down attempting a flying shoulder block when Big Show doesn't budge. Big Show launches Cena face first into the side of the cage. Big Show attempts a knockout punch, but Cena moves and Big Show hits the side of the cage. Big Show pulls Cena down when he tries escaping up the side of the cage. Big Show with a big chop to Cena. Cena with a big dropkick to Big Show. Big Show with a headbutt that drops Cena. Big Show with a big clothesline on Cena. We see a shot of Laurinaitis smiling on the outside looking on. Big Show with a big body shot to Cena. Big Show starts standing on the head of Cena as Cena screams out in pain. Cena breaks free and tries to escape at the top of the cage, but Big Show gets a hand on Cena. Big Show crotches himself on the top rope when Cena pushes him away. Cena with a huge flying shoulder block on Big Show sending Big Show bouncing off the cage wall. Big Show gets Cena on his shoulders, Big Show drives him back first into the side of the cage and then launches him back forcing Cena to land face first on the mat. Big Show with a huge body splash on Cena from the corner. Big Show chokes Cena, backs up to the second rope, Big Show lifts Cena off his feet by his neck with one arm and then shoves him back down to the mat. Big Show brings himself up to the top rope, starts walking across it, jumps and Cena rolls out of the way. Big Show crashes with a thud. The door opens, Big Show starts crawling out and Cena cuts him off. Cena uses his power to pull Big Show back in the ring. Cena levels Big Show with a flying shoulder block. Cena starts to walk towards the door and Laurinaitis closes it. Vince pushes Laurinaitis away and goes to open it. Laurinaitis slams the door in the face of Cena using Vince's head. Vince is down. Big Show goes for the knockout punch and catches the referee instead. Big Show counters an AA and hits Cena with the knockout punch. Big Show walks towards the door when Brodus Clay appears with a steel chair in hand. Clay opens the door and invites Big Show to walk out. Big Show teases he will climb up the cage wall, but Clay walks near him. Big Show goes for the door and Clay runs back in front of it. Clay calls for more help and out comes Santino and Alex Riley. Big Show knocks both off the cage wall. Zack Ryder runs out, jumps on the cage and Big Show catches him with a knockout punch. Kofi Kingston jumps up. Big Show grabs him, Kofi kicks him away and Big Show falls to the mat below. Cena is using the ropes to pull himself toward the cage door. Big Show pulls Cena back out. Cena with an AA on Big Show! Cena goes for the cover. The referee is still down. Big Show is trying to go through the door. Cena is up top of the cage. Laurinaitis is swinging his crutch at Cena. Clay grabs Laurinaitis and holds him back. Cena drops to the floor. The bell rings. Laurinaitis is screaming, “No!”
Winner: John Cena
After the match, Brodus Clay is still holding John Laurinaitis back by his arms. Cena tells Clay to let him go. Cena puts Laurinaitis on his shoulders. Vince McMahon grabs a mic and says, “John Laurinaitis…YOU'RE FIRED!” Cena gives Laurinaitis an AA over the Spanish announce table breaking it to pieces. The PPV goes off the air with John Cena celebrating back inside the steel cage. Michael Cole asks what will happen now that Raw and Smackdown no longer have a General Manager.