WWE No Way Out 2012 Results: 7 Huge New Rivalries We Could See Going Forward
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No Way Out is over and done with, so we can now officially start the road to the WWE's next pay-per-view, Money in the Bank.
Of course, that doesn't mean that we can totally ignore No Way Out, though.
Lots of things happened at tonight's pay-per-view that could very well lead to new feuds, matches and storylines going forward.
In fact, some major feuds may now be brewing.
Here are seven new huge WWE rivalries we could see going forward.
7. WWE Tag Team Titles: The Primetime Players vs. R-Truth and Kofi Kingston
We got an out-of-the blue Fatal 4-Way to determine the No. 1 contenders for the WWE Tag Team Championship tonight.
Given that R-Truth and Kofi Kingston are the babyface champs, it was pretty obvious that either of the two heel tag teams (Epico and Primo or Darren Young and Titus O'Neil) were going to win the match.
As it turned out, the Primetime Players picked up the victory after A.W. turned on Epico and Primo by helping Young and O'Neil.
I liked it, too.
Epico and Primo already had a manager in Rosa Mendes, so it makes sense to get more use out of A.W. by pairing him with the PrimeTime Players, and it also makes sense to make those two the new No. 1 contenders.
The Primetime Players have only suffered one loss since being promoted to SmackDown, and that loss came to Truth and Kingston, which means there's some history between these two duos.
With Truth currently injured, I wouldn't be surprised if the tag team champs' new feud with Young and O'Neil either didn't start for a while and resulted in a quick title change.
6. Dolph Ziggler vs. Jack Swagger
Late last month, the WWE planted the seeds for a breakup between Dolph Ziggler, Jack Swagger and Vickie Guerrero when Ziggler walked out on Vickie and Swagger after another unsuccessful attempt to win the tag team titles.
Yet, that tease of a breakup has been all but forgotten since then.
Ziggler's still tagging along with Vickie, while he and Swagger have never officially done anything (since that one incident) that should make us think they're going their separate ways.
But with Ziggler now seemingly done with Sheamus and Swagger having nothing of note to do, why not pick this storyline back up?
Perhaps you book Ziggler and Swagger in a tag match on tomorrow's Raw to try to help Ziggler regain his momentum after a big loss tonight at No Way Out, but Swagger somehow screws it up in a major way.
Ziggler freaks out, loses it on Swagger, and just like that, the group implodes.
I think that's going to happen at some point, because even WWE creative is not stupid enough to have this storyline go nowhere.
5. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan (Minus Kane)
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Let's think about the way that Daniel Bryan lost the last two pay-per-view WWE Championship matches.
At Over the Limit, he made CM Punk tap out just a split second after Punk pinned him, and tonight at No Way Out, he wasn't involved in the finish whatsoever.
So, what's this mean? That the WWE is making Bryan look good in defeat, which is why I think that their rivalry is going to continue...without Kane.
While Kane may somehow stay involved, it's looking more like he and AJ could spin off and out of this rivalry with yet another Kane romance storyline.
And that's exactly what I think should happen.
Let Kane do his love angle with AJ, and keep Bryan and Punk feuding for the WWE title, based largely on the fact that Bryan's two losses were somewhat controversial.
Although as this guy pointed out, I wouldn't be surprised if we see another Cena/Punk feud a year after they tore the house down at Money in the Bank.
4. WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. John Cena
Nothing at all has directly pointed to a feud between CM Punk and John Cena.
But this guy makes a good point, as he sees some huge potential in Cena/Punk match at Money in the Bank just one year after they absolutely stole the show at last year's pay-per-view.
And when you really think about it, it could definitely work.
Punk could very well be done with both Daniel Bryan and Kane, while Cena might also be done with Big Show, who I think will be moving on to a feud with someone else.
If both of those things happen, when are Punk and Cena gonna do? Nothing?
Of course not. They're going to be somehow involved in the WWE's top feuds.
If they don't have anyone else to feud with but each other, then I'd have no problem with seeing them fight again at the Money in the Bank.
It won't be as good as last year's match, but a battle between the company's top two baby faces has the potential to be epic.
3. The Big Show vs. Brodus Clay
The Big Show and Brodus Clay started a little rivalry a few weeks back, when Show dismantled Clay when the two were supposed to have a match on Raw.
I wasn't sure if this was ever going to lead to an actual match and/or full-on feud between the two, but now I think it will.
Show basically had a victory against John Cena in the bag tonight, but it was Clay who single-handedly cost him the match.
While Show could and likely will continue his beef with Cena in some way, he should now have more beef with Clay.
I'm not particularly crazy about a big man vs. big man rivalry, but Clay really needs a major feud to help himself get over as a more serious character, and a feud with Show could definitely do that.
Given the way things transpired at No Way Out, don't be surprised if this likely Show/Clay rivalry officially kicks off on tomorrow's Raw.
2. World Heavyweight Championship: Cody Rhodes vs. Sheamus
Two important things happened tonight that me think this rivalry is now very possible: Sheamus beat Dolph Ziggler clean, and Cody Rhodes lost to Christian clean.
As a result, it's pretty safe to say that the brief feud between Ziggler and Sheamus is over while Christian and Rhodes are done with each other, too.
And if history tells us anything, it's that Rhodes will be almost immediately elevated to the top of the card.
It's textbook WWE booking for an up-and-coming mid-card talent to drop a mid-card title and then be instantly thrust into a World title feud.
This happened most recently with Dolph Ziggler, who lost the United States Championship at WWE TLC in December 2011 and then wrestled CM Punk for the WWE title the next month at The Royal Rumble.
That's exactly what I think could happen with Rhodes now.
He lost the Intercontinental Championship, and now it's time for him to move on to bigger and better things, like the World Heavyweight Championship.
1. Triple H (With Vince McMahon) vs. Brock Lesnar (with John Laurinaitis)
At tonight's pay-per-view, Triple H challenged Brock Lesnar to a "fight" at SummerSlam, and we can definitely pencil that in for the WWE's big summer PPV.
But two other things happened that lead me to believe that we could see Triple H side with Vince McMahon and John Laurinaitis side with Lesnar in the very near future: Big Show lost, and Laurinaitis was fired.
Oddly enough, these things put the wheels in motion for a major storyline over the summer.
Despite Brock Lesnar’s rocky relationship with WWE, plans are still in place for him to fight Triple H at SummerSlam in August.
One scenario discussed for the match would be for Vince McMahon to be in Triple H’s corner and John Laurinaitis to be in Lesnar’s corner. This would involve John Cena defeating Big Show at No Way Out and Vince McMahon firing Laurinaitis at the pay-per-view.
Laurinaitis, with the backing of WWE’s Board of Directors, would then return with Brock Lesnar as his enforcer to take out Triple H, who would be aligned with Vince McMahon.
The first two steps in this plan are now complete, after Triple H challenged Lesnar to the match and Big Show lost tonight.
Of course, plans could always change.. But even if they do, I don't expect them to change much.
Look for Laurinaitis to remain a TV character, pair himself with Lesnar and battle the united duo of Triple H and McMahon for control of the WWE.