WWE No Way Out 2012: 5 Matches They Need to Add to the Card ASAP
The title of the WWE's next pay-per-view, No Way Out, is rather fitting.
Why? Well, because the WWE is in a major slump at the moment, and I'm sure that many wrestling fans legitimately feel like there's no way out of it.
Still, the show must go on, and the WWE will have to give us a card of six to eight matches on Sunday.
With only four announced thus far, here are five more matches that should be added to the card ASAP.
Note: I know that the WWE roster is too thin to add five matches to No Way Out that actually make sense storyline-wise, so bear with me here.
A WWE Tag Team Championship Match
With the news that R-Truth is apparently suffering from a semi-serious foot injury, the WWE has two options: Put the tag team titles on the back burner until he's healthy, or get the titles off of him and Kofi Kingston.
I'm gonna go with the latter.
The tag team division has seen a bit of a revival as of late, so I don't want to see the WWE Tag Team Championship go to waste just because Truth's injured.
So, here's what I'd do: I'd throw Kingston and Truth into a Triple Threat Match (tornado style) for the tag team titles at No Way Out on Sunday (with Epico and Primo and the Primetime Players as the opponents), and have the match work so that Truth gets "injured" early, which would force Kingston to fly solo in a losing effort.
I'd put the belts on Darren Young and Titus O'Neil, who look poised to stick around the tag team division for a while because they're, you know, actually a legitimate tag team.
You could throw Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks into the mix as well to make this a Fatal 4-Way, but no matter what the specifics are, I'd have a tag team title match with at least three teams involved at No Way Out.
Divas Championship: Layla vs. Beth Phoenix
The Divas haven't been on Raw or SmackDown whatsoever in about two weeks, so I'm somehow even less interested in the Divas division than usual.
Thus, I don't particularly care to see any Divas match at No Way Out.
But Layla has done absolutely nothing memorable since winning the Divas Championship, while Beth Phoenix is clearly the most talented female wrestler in the company.
So, just do us a favor, WWE: Book this match some way or another, put the title back on Beth and then set up that great Beth vs. Kharma feud for if and when Kharma comes back.
I'm not begging to see Layla vs. Beth. I'm just begging to put the belt back on the Glamazon where it belongs.
Ryback vs. an Actual WWE Superstar
Perhaps I'm in the minority here, but I'm actually a fan of Ryback.
I dig his Terminator-style gimmick, the way he carries himself in the ring and the fact that he's both strong and athletic, unlike the Mason Ryans and Ezekiel Jacksons of the WWE.
That being said, I think it's time to stop having Ryback beat no-name local competitors, like Stan Stansky or Arthur Rosenberg.
Ryback's strength is impressive during those matches, but no one's really all that impressed by him beating two guys who weigh 150 pounds soaking wet.
He needs to face an actual WWE star, and no, I'm not talking about a heel enhancement worker. I'm talking about a solid mid-card heel.
I don't care who it is, really. Just give Ryback a match that isn't a total squash against two indy wrestlers.
A Showcase Match for One of Three SmackDown Stars
Damien Sandow, Sin Cara and Antonio Cesaro—what do all three of these guys have in common?
They all recently returned/debuted, but none of them have an actual feud.
In a perfect world, any one of these three (or all three) would be involved in feuds that resulted in pay-per-view matches. But come on, we know that isn't going to happen.
Still, the WWE needs to familiarize these relative newcomers with the WWE audience, and there's no bigger stage to do that on than PPV.
So far, all we've seen Sandow and Cesaro do is quickly squash their opponents while Sin Cara has done nothing but put on spot-fests.
So, how about a match for one of these three (pick your favorite) that actually highlights their ability to put on a good match?
That would be a welcome change.
World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Dolph Ziggler
With Alberto Del Rio suffering from concussion-like symptoms, it's looking more and more like he won't wrestle Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship at No Way Out.
Enter Dolph Ziggler.
With the way things are looking right now, Ziggler isn't going to get on the card otherwise, and that's a borderline travesty. He's one of the best workers in the WWE, a guy who should wrestle on every PPV.
And at No Way Out, he should face Sheamus for the World Heavyweight title.
The WWE may have to determine a new No. 1 contender for Sheamus either on tonight's Raw or at tomorrow's SmackDown tapings, and Ziggler's the one that makes the most sense.
He's faced Sheamus twice on TV recently and has developed a bit of a TV rivalry with the Celtic Warrior.
These two seem to have some really good chemistry, and with the way everything is falling, fate is telling the WWE that Ziggler deserves a World title match against Sheamus at No Way Out.