No Way Out returns to the pay-per-view schedule this year after a three-year absence.
No Way Out was previously placed as a February pay-per-view and was often the last event prior to WrestleMania.
That spot has since been taken over by Elimination Chamber.
That chamber match became popularized at No Way Out and it was No Way Out that first had multiple chamber matches in one night.
No Way Out now sits in mid-June and seems to be a nice precursor to SummerSlam. Not every superstar can recall being around when the last No Way Out took place, but many superstars remember. No Way Out was a good stomping ground for some, while being rather forgettable in the eyes of others.
Careers stand to be impacted directly from what happens this year at No Way Out, so it stands to reason to recall No Way Out history and see what impact those previous matches had on their futures.
Before the events of No Way Out 2012 take place, here are the 20 superstars currently on the roster that have competed at No Way Out before, complete with their win-loss records.
Big Show sure has a big match at No Way Out, but he has had some big match success at No Way Out.
Following a controversial ending to the 2000 Royal Rumble, Big Show faced The Rock with a world title shot at WrestleMania on the line. Big Show won that bout and went to WrestleMania 2000 in a match that became a Fatal 4-Way match. Big Show also defeated Raven in 2001 to become the Hardcore Champion.
Big Show has also fallen on the stage of No Way Out. Even with Paul Heyman by his side, Big show fell to The Undertaker in 2003. Big Show lost a Triple Threat match that had the right at the WWE Champion at WrestleMania XX on the line in 2004. He also failed to win the WWE Championship from JBL in 2005 inside a Barbed Wire Steel Cage match. Big Show slammed JBL through the ring, enabling the champion to crawl from under the ring and escape the ring before Big Show did.
The last No Way Out in 2009 saw Big Show involved in an Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship, only to be eliminated by Triple H.
No Way Out is also the event where Big Show returned to WWE in 2008. This was a slimmer Big Show and one that picked on both Rey Mysterio and boxing star Floyd Mayweather.
No Way Out has been eventful for Big Show and, while steel cages pose a bit of a history lesson for Big Show, you wonder which Big Show will show up. Will it be the man who won his first No Way Out bouts or the one who lost the last four?
Even though he sits at the commentary desk, Booker T is still considered a member of the WWE roster. The retired wrestler had four matches at No Way Out in his career, but won just one of them. That win was in 2005, when he was able to defeat Heidenreich. Technically speaking, it was Heidenreich who lost the match by getting himself disqualified. Still, it counts as a victory for Booker T.
Booker T teamed with Test at No Way Out in 2002, but was unable to win the WWE Tag Team titles from the underdog team of Tazz and Spike Dudley. He would also suffer defeat in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, it was the United States Championship of Booker T that was lost in the process, going back around the waist of Chris Benoit.
The following year saw King Booker attack Kane following his elimination from the Royal Rumble match. This led to Booker T and Kane at No Way Out, which was won by Kane.
Brock Lesnar may not be seen on WWE programming lately, but he is still technically a member of the WWE roster currently. He had just two matches at No Way Out, but both were a bit unusual. The first one was in 2003, when Lesnar was feuding with Kurt Angle. In the event before their WrestleMania XIX clash, Lesnar was scheduled to team with Chris Benoit and Edge to take on Team Angle, the team of Angle, Shelton Benjamin and Charlie Haas. Edge was ambushed prior to the match, making it a three-on-two handicap match, which Benoit and Lesnar won anyway.
The following year was one of the last matches Lesnar ever wrestled for WWE. Walking into 2004's No Way Out as WWE Champion, Lesnar would face off against Eddie Guerrero. In what was the defining moment of Eddie's career, Guerrero pinned Lesnar, thanks to Goldberg, and became the WWE Champion.
Lesnar would have a fight with Goldberg at WrestleMania XX, the last match for both men before they both left WWE.
Chris Jericho will still be serving his suspension during No Way Out, but that doesn't mean that the former world champion hasn't had success at No Way Out in the past.
Jericho's first match at the event was in 2000, when Jericho, with Chyna at ringside, lost the Intercontinental Championship to Kurt Angle. One year later, Jericho was back to being Intercontinental Champion, but was able to defend his title against Eddie Guerrero, Chris Benoit and X-Pac.
In 2002, Jericho came to No Way Out as a champion yet again, but it was as the Undisputed Champion in WWE, holding both the WWE and World Championship (formerly the WCW Championship).
Stone Cold Steve Austin attempted to rain on Jericho's parade, but Y2J was able to move past The Texas Rattlesnake and on to a date at WrestleMania. From main event match in 2002, Jericho was back down to the opening contest in 2003, making easy work of Jeff Hardy.
As an additional bonus to Jericho, his band, Fozzy, produced the song "Enemy", which was used as the theme to 2005's No Way Out event.
Jericho would return in the flesh to No Way Out in 2008 with a WWE Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV on the line. Jericho began the match and was the third man eliminated.
The following year had another Elimination Chamber match. This one had the World Heavyweight Championship up for grabs. Beginning the match yet again, Jericho lasted until the final three participants, becoming the fourth man to be eliminated.
The current Intercontinental Champion could be defending his title this Sunday, which will mean that Christian may try to even his win and loss totals at No Way Out.
Christian came to No Way Out in 2000, defeating The Hardy Boyz, alongside long-time tag team partner Edge. Together, Edge and Christian became the number one contenders for the tag team championships.
One year later, Edge and Christian were still in the hunt for tag team gold. The duo would lose in a triple threat tag team tables match that also included The Brothers of Destruction and current champions The Dudley Boyz. The Dudleys retained their titles that night.
No Way Out 2012 will mark exactly a decade since Christian appeared at the event. In 2002, Christian tagged with Lance Storm in a Tag Team Turmoil bout. The two defeated Scotty 2 Hotty and Albert, but lost right after to The Hardy Boyz.
The 2012 edition of No Way Out will mark the first singles match for Christian at No Way Out.
The current WWE Champion hopes for some better luck this Sunday than his lone match at No Way Out.
That match was all the way back in 2008 and, while it was a title match, it was back when Punk was a challenger. To date it even more, it was for the ECW Championship and the champion at the time was Chavo Guerrero of all people.
In a competitive match, Chavo was hung up on the top of a turnbuckle when Punk tried for a hurricanrana. Chavo held on to the ropes, which sent Punk flying alone. One Five-Star Frog Splash later and Chavo was a winner.
Who knows if anything will be going on for The Punjabi Nightmare this Sunday.
What we do know about Khali and No Way Out is that it doesn't yield victories for the Indian giant. Sure, this is granted that Khali only competed in one match at No Way Out, but his pay-per-view matches are hard to come by these days anyway. His lone match at No Way Out came in 2008 in an Elimination Chamber match with a world title opportunity at WrestleMania up for grabs.
In the match, Khali started with Big Daddy V and would later be joined by MVP, Finlay, Batista and The Undertaker.
It was The Undertaker that did Khali in, forcing him to submit to Hell's Gate.
How hard can it be to win a match at No Way Out? Apparently, it's not that hard.
Hornswoggle, of all people, has a victory at No Way Out. Well, technically, the victory is not for Hornswoggle. It does actually belong to a superstar known at the time as Little Bastard. That was Hornswoggle's name, given to him by Michael Cole, until Hornswoggle was revealed to be his actual name. Little Bastard was the under-the-ring ally of Finlay, who had sparked a rivalry with The Boogeyman, an unusual superstar in his own right.
At No Way Out 2007, to counter the wild card of Little Bastard, Boogeyman revealed a little version of himself. We saw a tag team match with Finlay and Little Bastard facing the team of The Boogeyman and Little Boogeyman. The big and little Boogeyman (Boogeymen?) pulled off the victory, which hardly matters to Hornswoggle now. That loss was so long ago for him.
Jack Swagger had a nice showing at his only No Way Out appearance in 2009.
Swagger was the ECW Champion at the time and enjoying a nearly perfect win percentage. His lone blemish to that point: a loss to Finlay. This prompted a number one contender status for Finlay, which brought us to this match.
Swagger avenged his loss by defeating Finlay, retaining the ECW title and continuing his meteoric rise. That rise would soon be halted, however, when Christian returned to WWE on the ECW brand.
How can you not adore The Attitude Era?
Jerry Lawler wrestles only on occasion anymore and it is only for the important issues. Lawler got into the ring in 2001 at No Way Out to fight Steven Richards, leader of Right to Censor. The Right to Censor faction came out in dress shirts and ties with the intention of censoring the filth in the WWE. Lawler, as many older fans know, is all about said filth. Lawler fought Richards at No Way Out to combat Right to Censor. More specifically, he fought for his right... to see his girlfriend take her clothes off in the ring.
The stipulation was simple. If The King could win, The Kat could strip. The King did not, The Kat did not, and we soon saw neither King nor Kat in the WWE.
John Cena can possibly go into No Way Out and be fired as a result of losing to Big Show.
Cena has been successful at No Way Out most of the time, so at least history is on his side. In 2004, Cena faced Big Show, along with Kurt Angle, in a Triple Threat match with the winner facing the WWE Champion at WrestleMania XX. Neither Show nor Cena won the match, but the two had a WrestleMania match of their own, leading to Cena's first title win.
The following year, it was only Cena and Angle with the same stipulation available. The winner would face the WWE Champion at WrestleMania 21. Cena was the winner this time around and would defeat JBL at WrestleMania for his first world championship.
After a year off the card, Cena returned to No Way Out in 2007 to team with Shawn Michaels in the main event and defeat The Undertaker and Batista. It was the two WrestleMania main events teaming with their respective opponents in a unique main event.
In 2008, Cena went into No Way Out trying to defeat Randy Orton and get his WWE Championship back. Cena did win, but it was via disqualification and the title could not change hands.
In 2009, Cena was the WWE Champion, but lost it inside the Elimination Chamber. Edge, who began the night as World Heavyweight Champion, literally forced himself into the chamber and won the WWE Championship.
Kane has a chance to leave No Way Out as WWE Champion, which would be a lot better for The Big Red Monster than his history at the event.
His first match at No Way Out was in 2000, when he had an emotionally-charged match with X-Pac. This weird situation with AJ, Daniel Bryan and CM Punk has a lot of the same feelings that the X-Pac/Kane/Tori situation had a dozen years ago. Kane lost this match, as well as the following year's match, along with The Undertaker in a triple threat tag team tables match.
In 2003, Kane would have yet another tag team title match, alongside of Rob Van Dam. RVD and Kane were unable to defeat the team of William Regal and Lance Storm.
Kane wouldn't appear again at No Way Out until 2007, when he defeated King Booker in a grudge match stemming from the Royal Rumble match of that same year. The following year had Kane win the dark match at No Way Out, but that does not get included in the total.
In 2009, Kane once again lost at No Way Out, this time doing so in the Elimination Chamber. Kane was the first to be removed from a pod and was the first to lose in the chamber match that had the World Heavyweight Championship on the line.
Mark Henry has been on the sidelines for quite some time now.
Expect a return of the World's Strongest Man, just not at No Way Out.
That shouldn't be too shocking to hear, since Mark Henry has been away from the No Way Out event for a dozen years now. In fact, the two matches with Henry at No Way Out happened at the first two No Way Out pay-per-views to ever occur.
In 1998, a War of Attrition match, or just a fancy name for a ten-man tag team match, saw Henry, as a member of The Nation of Domination, fall to the team of Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson and Disciples of Apocalypse.
No Way Out became its own pay-per-view concept in 2000 (it was an In Your House name in 1998), which also included a Mark Henry match. Henry took care of Viscera as two of the bigger men in WWE went at one another. Mark Henry hasn't been back to No Way Out since.
A suspension due to a Wellness Policy violation will be keeping Randy Orton from extending his great luck at No Way Out.
In 2006, Orton came to No Way Out and defeated Rey Mysterio. His prize for winning that match was Mysterio's world title opportunity at WrestleMania 22. Mysterio would find his way into the match anyway, but that's another story.
Two years later, Orton was WWE Champion and John Cena wanted to get the championship back. Orton lost the match, but did not lose his championship. Orton got himself disqualified, sacrificing the victory but keeping the championship around Orton's waist. The following year had a No Holds Barred match with Shane McMahon, which saw Orton win as well.
Rey Mysterio is still suffering from injuries, so he will not be at No Way Out in all likelihood.
That's probably better off when you see his win-loss record at the event. In 2003, he defeated Jamie Noble on Sunday Night Heat, but that isn't on the main card, so it doesn't go into the count for his wins and losses.
His first true bout at No Way Out was a loss to Chavo Guerrero in 2004. That loss also marked the loss of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship. Chavo had his father, Chavo Guerrero Sr., in his corner, while Rey Mysterio had Jorge Paez, a former champion boxer from Mexico, in his corner. His lone official victory at No Way Out was in 2005, which saw Mysterio and Eddie Guerrero become WWE Tag Team Champions, defeating The Basham Brothers.
In 2006, Mysterio was fresh off of a shocking Royal Rumble victory, but put his title opportunity at WrestleMania 22 on the line in a match against Randy Orton and lost. We all know that Mysterio made it into the match anyway.
In 2008, Mysterio's opponent was Edge and the World Heavyweight Championship was on the line. Mysterio would fall at that time to Edge. Deja vu would strike one year later inside the Elimination Chamber. Starting the match, Mysterio was the final man to be eliminated with the World Heavyweight Championship on the line. The winner of the match was Edge, who was not even scheduled to be in the bout, but literally forced his way into a pod in the chamber.
The Great One says he isn't quite done, but while that may have him at WrestleMania XXIX in MetLife Stadium, he probably will not be showing up across the street to IZOD Center for No Way Out.
The People's Champion had decent luck at No Way Out and has a winning record to show for his troubles. His first match with No Way Out was in 1998, when the event was an In Your House pay-per-view with the subtitle of No Way Out of Texas. The Rock was as a member of The Nation of Domination at the time and fell in the war of Attrition match to the team of Ken Shamrock, Ahmed Johnson and Disciples of Apocalypse.
In 2000, The Rock was trying to make it to WrestleMania's main event. After a controversial ending to the Royal Rumble, No Way Out saw The Big Show defeat The Rock for a chance at the WWE Championship at WrestleMania 2000. The Rock made it into the match after all in the infamous "McMahon in Every Corner" main event.
One year later, it was The Rock defeating Kurt Angle to win the WWE Championship at No Way Out. This would lead weeks later to the first Austin/Rock encounter at WrestleMania.
In 2002, it was The Undertaker who fell victim to The Great One. One year later, No Way Out saw the Rematch of Rematches when The Rock and Hulk Hogan squared off for the second time. Once again, it was The Rock defeating Hulk Hogan as Sylvan Grenier, who was still a developmental wrestler at the time, served as the referee (there's a good trivia question for you).
Tensai is on the active roster, but doesn't have a match at the moment for No Way Out. If he does appear, it would technically not be his first showing at No Way Out.
Remember that Tensai has the history of being Prince Albert, Albert and A-Train in WWE. In 2000, known as Albert, he was in the corner of Big Boss Man when he lost via disqualification to Tazz. Two years later, Tensai would have his only match at No Way Out. As Albert, he teamed with Scotty 2 Hotty in a Tag Team Turmoil. The team of Albert and Scotty began the match and lost to Christian and Lance Storm.
Triple H is scheduled to appear at No Way Out, but only to address issues and not take part in any matches. If he never wrestles at No Way Out again, he will have accomplished a lifetime's worth of success simply from No Way Out matches.
Triple H was a part of the main event from the first-ever No Way Out. In the main event, it was D-Generation X against Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack and Chainsaw Charlie. Shawn Michaels could not compete and Savio Vega was appointed to team with Triple H and the New Age Outlaws. DX lost that match.
In 2000, Cactus Jack had his career on the line inside Hell in a Cell to try and pry the WWE Championship away from The Game. Cactus was unable to do so and Triple H marched on. A year later, the animosity with Stone Cold Steve Austin had boiled over and a Three Stages of Hell match occurred. Triple H defeated The Texas Rattlesnake in the match.
In 2002, emotions between The Game and his wife, Stephanie McMahon, had resulted in him having to face Kurt Angle for a shot at the Undisputed Championship with Stephanie as the special referee. Angle won the match, but Triple H ultimately got the chance at WrestleMania and became the Undisputed Champion.
The championships had been split by 2003 and Triple H was World Heavyweight Champion, fending off Scott Steiner, a man familiar with a belt that looks very much like the World Heavyweight Championship. As No Way Out became a Smackdown-exclusive event, Triple H would not appear at No Way Out again until 2008, when he won an Elimination Chamber match that made him the No.1 contender for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania XXIV. Triple H had to defeat JBL, Umaga, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels and Jeff Hardy to win the chamber.
Triple H would win yet another Elimination Chamber match the following year, becoming the WWE Champion in the process. The Game defeated Edge, The Undertaker, Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov and Jeff Hardy to win the world championship.
Don't expect an appearance by The Undertaker on Sunday, but The Deadman has had plenty of matches at No Way Out.
Shockingly, though, it hasn't been a great event for The Undertaker. He didn't appear on a card until 2001, when he teamed up with Kane and tried to win tag team titles from the Dudley Boyz. In a Triple Threat bout that included Edge and Christian, The Undertaker fell short as the Dudleys retained. A year later, The Undertaker lost a heated match with The Rock that included help from Ric Flair.
The following year saw his first victory at No Way Out, a defeat of The Big Show, even with Paul Heyman in the corner of Big Show. After a year off the card, The Deadman would return to No Way Out in 2005 to dispose of Luther Reigns. In 2006, it was the hope of The Undertaker to become World Heavyweight Champion, but he could not defeat Kurt Angle, who was on a collision course with Randy Orton and Rey Mysterio at WrestleMania 22.
In 2007, The Undertaker was on the losing end in the main event that had him team with Batista, his WrestleMania opponent, against the team of Shawn Michaels and John Cena. A year later, The Undertaker won the Elimination Chamber to be granted a World Heavyweight Championship match at WrestleMania XXIV against Edge.
The match was entirely dominated by The Undertaker, who pinned two opponents, made another submit and performed the move that led to the elimination of the other two opponents. In 2009, the WWE Championship was up for grabs. The Undertaker was the last man to enter the match and the last one to be eliminated after suffering two Pedigrees.
William Regal is still active in WWE, wrestling on rare occasion and commentating at times.
When faced with having a match at No Way Out, Regal has made his royal countrymen proud with two victories in two chances. In 2002, Regal came into No Way Out as the Intercontinental Champion. Facing Edge just weeks before WrestleMania in Edge's hometown of Toronto, Regal won a Brass Knuckles on a Pole match, one of the more sane pole match concepts in wrestling history.
A year later, Regal was one half of the World Tag Team Champions with Lance Storm. Regal and Storm fended off the advances from the tag team of Kane and Rob Van Dam. It would be nearly a year and a half later before WIlliam Regal appeared on pay-per-view again.