The WWE No Way Out 2012 results aren’t going to surprise anyone, yet it really wasn’t a bad show. The show will be remembered for a complex finish which resulted in one man getting fired. Whether this firing lasts one day or infinitely is the question most fans are asking today.
The finish came when Cena tried to escape from the cage but was met with a door being shut on him by John Laurinaitis. Vince McMahon shoved Laurinaitis aside at that point but Ace recovered, shoved Vince from behind, and the door wound up shut again. Remember this moment as it would not surprise to come back in some form as Vince and Laurinaitis in cahoots.
Brodus Clay wound up coming out and holding Show off at the front door with a cage. Brodus was then joined by Alex Riley and Santino Marella. Show tried to escape by climbing over the cage but was met by the men. Zack Ryder also came out but Show punched the cage into him. Once on top of the cage, Kofi Kingston ran in and kicked Show repeatedly. Show fell back into the cage. Cena laid Show out with the A.A. but there was no referee to count.
Clay was at the door holding off Show from walking out and Laurinaitis was swinging a crutch at Cena as Cena went to climb over. Clay grabbed Laurinaitis, Cena fell to the floor, thus giving him the win. Cena put Laurinaitis through the Spanish announce table after Laurinaitis was publicly fired by Vince McMahon.
I liked the finish a lot and loved the idea of bringing back all of these guys that Show laid out (no R-Truth though). Now the idea of Laurinaitis being fired is great however, no firing stipulation has held up over the last year or so in the WWE. The WWE really needs to enforce this firing, if not for even just a few months. This isn’t a case of Cena being “fired” where the company felt it really couldn’t move on without him. As great of a heel as Johnny Ace has become, he is certainly expendable in this kind of situation.
The other big story coming out of No Way Out was Triple H’s return. Triple H came out and cut an interview on Brock Lesnar. Hunter said he’ll be 100% soon (quick recovery from a broken arm eh?) and that he wanted to challenge Lesnar at SummerSlam to a fight. I would expect some kind of response tonight from Paul Heyman. I think Lesnar vs. HHH is going to be a lot of fun. The match had been rumored for some time so the announcement really didn’t surprise anyone.
CM Punk also retained the WWE championship defeating Kane and Daniel Bryan. AJ did play into the finish as expected. AJ was on the ring apron and Punk shoved Kane who went backwards into AJ. Kane turned his back on Punk showing concern for AJ as she fell to the floor. Punk hit the GTS on him and pinned him. Kane picked up AJ who smiled at Punk as if she set him up. Unfortunately the match was nowhere near as good as the Punk vs. Bryan singles bout from Over the Limit.
John Cena defeated The Big Show in a Steel Cage Match
CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan vs. Kane in a Triple Threat Match to retain the WWE championship
Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE world heavyweight championship
Christian defeated Cody Rhodes to retain the WWE intercontinental championship
Layla defeated Beth Phoenix to retain the WWE Divas championship
Sin Cara defeated Hunico
Titus O’Neil and Darren Young beat Primo and Epico, The Uso Brothers, and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel in a four-way tag match to become No. 1 contenders to the WWE Tag Titles
Santino Marella defeated Ricardo in a Tuxedo Match
Brodus Clay defeated David Otunga
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