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No Way Out (2009)

Promotional poster featuring Vladimir Kozlov
Theme
song
(s)
"Hunt You Down" by Saliva[1]
Information
Promotion World Wrestling Entertainment
Date February 15, 2009
Attendance 12,500[2]
Venue KeyArena
City Seattle, Washington
Pay-per-view chronology
Royal Rumble (2009) No Way Out (2009) WrestleMania XXV
No Way Out chronology
No Way Out (2008) No Way Out (2009) TBA

No Way Out (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), which took place on February 15, 2009 at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington.[3] It was the 11th event under the No Way Out name and featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown and ECW brands.[4] Five matches were held on the event's card.

The main event on the Raw brand was an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. Edge won the match after last eliminating Rey Mysterio. The predominant match on the SmackDown brand was an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, in which Triple H won after last eliminating The Undertaker. The primary match on the ECW brand was for the ECW Championship between Jack Swagger and Finlay, which Swagger won. The undercard also featured two more matches from the Raw brand. The first was a No Holds Barred match between Randy Orton and Shane McMahon, which Orton won. The second match saw Shawn Michaels defeat John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a standard match.

The event had 272,000 buys, down on the No Way Out 2008 figure of 329,000 buys.[5]

Contents

Background

No Way Out featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, and ECW on Sci FiWorld Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) primary television programs. Wrestlers were portrayed as either a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches.[6] All wrestlers were from WWE's Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands—a storyline division in which WWE employees are assigned to a television program of the same name.[7]

It was announced at Royal Rumble 2009 that two Elimination Chamber matches would be held, in which SmackDown's WWE Championship would be defended in one and Raw's World Heavyweight Championship in the other.[8] Qualifying matches for Raw's Elimination Chamber began on the January 26, 2009 episode of Raw, in which Kofi Kingston defeated Kane, Rey Mysterio defeated William Regal, and Chris Jericho defeated CM Punk. Mike Knox would later qualify by winning a six-man battle royal at a live event on February 1, 2009.[9] Kane, was announced as the final participant by Raw General Manager Stephanie McMahon in exchange for Kane convincing the Undertaker to face Randy Orton in a match the next week on Raw. Qualifying matches for SmackDown's Elimination Chamber match began on the January 30, 2009 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, in which The Undertaker defeated Mark Henry; The Big Show defeated Festus; and Triple H defeated Vladimir Kozlov and The Great Khali in a Triple Threat match; SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced that since Jeff Hardy lost the WWE Championship to Edge at the Royal Rumble, Hardy's rematch clause for the championship would be used to include him in the Elimination Chamber match. Vladimir Kozlov, the last entrant, won a battle royal to qualify.

After Randy Orton punted the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, and threatened legal action (kayfabe) against the promotion if he were fired, due to the fact he had won the 2009 Royal Rumble and therefore he was guaranteed a World Championship match at WrestleMania XXV. So Vince's son Shane retaliated by returning and attacking Orton on the January 26, 2009 episode of Raw. Orton's lawyers proposed a challenge from Orton to Shane for a No Holds Barred match at No Way Out, which Shane accepted. [10]

Another rivalry from the Raw brand heading into No Way Out was between Shawn Michaels and John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL). At WWE's December pay-per-view, Armageddon, Michaels was engaged in a narrative in which he announced that he was in need of money to support his family and hence, had agreed to work for JBL. JBL began using Michaels to aid him become the World Heavyweight Champion, but all of Michaels' efforts failed. On the February 2, 2009, episode of Raw, JBL challenged Michaels to a match at No Way Out, stipulating that should Michaels win, he would be freed from JBL's employment with all the money JBL has promised him, but if Michaels lost, JBL would have gained ownership of Michaels' name and likeness.

The main rivalry from the ECW brand was between Jack Swagger and Finlay, who are battling over the ECW Championship. On the February 3, 2009 episode of ECW, Finlay defeated Swagger in a non-title match to hand the latter his first defeat in a singles match via pinfall in his WWE career. The next day on WWE.com, it was announced that Swagger would defend his ECW Championship against Finlay at No Way Out.

Results

# Matches Stipulations Time[11]
Dark Melina (c) defeated Beth Phoenix[12] Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship N/A
1 Triple H defeated Edge (c), The Undertaker, The Big Show, Jeff Hardy, and Vladimir Kozlov[13] Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship 35:55
2 Randy Orton defeated Shane McMahon [14] No Holds Barred match 18:16
3 Jack Swagger (c) defeated Finlay (with Hornswoggle)[15] Singles match for the ECW Championship 07:53
4 Shawn Michaels defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield[16] Singles match; If JBL had won, he would have become the owner of Michaels' name and likeness. 13:17
5 Edge1 defeated John Cena (c), Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Mike Knox, and Kane[17] Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship. 29:46
(c) - refers to the champion heading into the match
  1. ^  Before the match began, Edge attacked Kofi Kingston and replaced him in the match.

Elimination Entrances and Eliminations

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (SmackDown)
Eliminated Wrestler Entered Method of elimination Time[11]
1 Edge 1 Pinned by Hardy with a roll up 02:59
2 Kozlov 3 Pinned by Undertaker after Last Ride 22:57
3 Big Show 4 Pinned by Triple H after superplex from Undertaker, Pedigree from Triple H, and Swanton Bomb from Hardy from the top of a pod 26:09
4 Hardy 2 Pinned by Undertaker after Tombstone Piledriver 28:28
5 Undertaker 6 Pinned by Triple H after a Pedigree 35:55
Winner Triple H 5
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (Raw)
Eliminated Wrestler Entered Method of elimination Time[11]
1 Kane 3 Pinned by Mysterio after a seated senton from the top of a pod 09:37
2 Knox 4 Pinned by Jericho after a Codebreaker 14:42
3 Cena 6 Pinned by Edge after a Codebreaker from Jericho, a 619 from Mysterio, and a Spear from Edge 22:22
4 Jericho 2 Pinned by Mysterio with a roll-up 23:54
5 Mysterio 1 Pinned by Edge after a Spear 29:46
Winner Edge 5

References

  1. ^ "Saliva provides No Way Out theme". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/exclusives/saliva. Retrieved 2009-02-04.  
  2. ^ "Recent WWE attendance figures". Wrestleview.com. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1234995812.php?style=dark. Retrieved 2009-02-19.  
  3. ^ "WWE Presents No Way Out". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/schedules/events/eventdetail/?id=8281200. Retrieved 2008-10-24.  
  4. ^ "WWE Pay-Per-Views To Follow WrestleMania Formula". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2007/2007_03_14.jsp. Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
  5. ^ (PDF) WWE Reports 2009 First Quarter Results. World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-05-07. http://corporate.wwe.com/documents/PressReleaseQ109050609FINAL_000.pdf. Retrieved 2009-05-07.  
  6. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment of World Wrestling Entertainment". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://corporate.wwe.com/company/events.jsp. Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
  7. ^ "WWE Launches ECW As Third Brand". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://corporate.wwe.com/news/2006/2006_05_25_02.jsp. Retrieved 2009-01-11.  
  8. ^ "Royal Rumble 2009". Royal Rumble. 2009-01-25.
  9. ^ "Knox: One in the Chamber". World Wrestling Entertainment. 2009-02-01. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/exclusives/9265678?cid=2009EP-00. Retrieved 2009-02-02.  
  10. ^ Adkins, Greg (2009-02-02). "Blistering Son". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/results/. Retrieved 2009-02-03.  
  11. ^ a b c "No Way Out 2009". Pro Wrestling History. http://www.prowrestlinghistory.com/supercards/usa/wwf/nowayout.html#2009. Retrieved 2009-02-24.  
  12. ^ Martin, Adam. "Dark match result at No Way Out". WrestleView. http://www.wrestleview.com/news2009/1234764011.php. Retrieved 2009-02-16.  
  13. ^ Passero, Mitch. "Results:Regaining the throne". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/matches/9253224/results/. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  14. ^ Sitterson, Aubrey. "Results:Legacy of Brutality". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/matches/9274736/results/. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  15. ^ Burdick, Michael. "Results:Saving face". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/matches/9282128/results/. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  16. ^ Vermillion, James. "Results:Sweet Chin Music to our ears". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/matches/8281270/results/. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  
  17. ^ Tello, Craig. "Results:Gold way out". World Wrestling Entertainment. http://www.wwe.com/shows/nowayout/matches/9229100/results/. Retrieved 2009-02-15.  

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