The No Way Out pay-per-view returned after a three year hiatus from the WWE calendar in a show that consisted of 10 total matches, counting the YouTube preshow match. In addition, Triple H addressed the current Brock Lesnar lawsuit storyline.
The last two No Way Out PPVs (in 2008 and 2009) featured the addition of the Elimination Chamber match, but this PPV's only main gimmick match was the Steel Cage one.
This is the WWE’s PPV return to the Izod Center after five years and it worked best with the advertised matches.
Here are the grades each match earned from No Way Out.
YouTube hosted the No Way Out preshow where David Otunga took an intentional count out loss to Brodus Clay.
The match was mostly Otunga working on the left knee of Clay that he injured on Friday Night SmackDown. It was one of the few times Clay hasn’t squashed his opponent in recent memory, but the match felt too slow. Based on Otunga’s actions, there is the possibility of a brewing feud between the two which helped give the match some purpose.
Having Clay out there first seemed like smart move, as he gets the crowd pumped.
It was Dolph Ziggler’s night to shine, and though he lost a pinfall victory to Sheamus, he made it count in the ring.
It was a great opening match with the live Izod crowd behind Ziggler. With the several close falls on Ziggler’s part and the power of Sheamus throughout, it gave the match something to work off of. The two seemed to have worked well together.
Hopefully this is just the beginning of a feud that will lead Ziggler to capturing the World Heavyweight Championship.
Anything labeled as a Tuxedo match really only has one goal, and that’s to entertain. Don’t expect any amazing maneuvers here.
Santino Marella and Ricardo Rodriguez did just that and it worked because Marella made it humorous with his comments. The only notable moment in the match is that Marella’s finisher, the Cobra, is also a kick now.
Despite both giving a good effort, hopefully the WWE doesn't have any plans for these two to appear together on the next PPV.
The Intercontinental Championship was decided in a rematch from last month with Christian retaining his title against Cody Rhodes in a quality match from the two.
The match saw lots of action from both sides with Christian seeming to land a majority of his offense. It took Christian the use of his Killswitch and spear finishers to win this one.
These two have had some great chemistry together and it may be in the WWE’s best interest to keep to them feuding a little longer.
The match was announced on the No Way Out preshow with the winning team becoming No. 1 contenders for WWE Tag Team Championship.
The teams were The Prime Time Players, Primo and Epico, The Usos and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel.
The match showed that the WWE has some talent in the tag division. The match was quick with Kidd and Gabriel really making the statement that they should tag more often. In the end, the match had A.W. interfere and help his apparent new clients, The Prime Time Players, pick up a win.
Although the A.W. taking on a new tag team seemed to be the point of this match, everyone involved did well.
While this doesn’t count as a match, it took up time where a match could have gone, so it’s getting a grade.
The promo with Triple H challenging Brock Lesnar to a match at SummerSlam didn’t have any excitement to it. Listening to the crowd’s reaction during Triple H’s entrance was the best part.
Triple H is known for delivering a promo that can sell a match, but this one just didn’t come across as one of his best and could have been saved for RAW.
After several good prior matches between the two, Layla was able to defeat Beth Phoenix again to retain her Divas Championship.
For the most part, this match was sloppy because of Layla. She blew several noticeable spots and it was the power versus agility between these two that made the match alright in the end.
These two have been feuding for several weeks now and it might be time to end it.
For Hunico and Sin Cara, this may have been the end of their running feud that started last year.
Considering the skill these two men have, there should have been lots of high-flying maneuvers in this one, but the match was slow.
Just like how the WWE just threw this one on the card, it appeared like there was no care about how the match came off. The point was for Sin Cara to win.
The match was alright as it was just missing the expected arsenal of lucha libre moves.
CM Punk defeated Kane and Daniel Bryan in a solid performance to retain his WWE Championship.
The match saw Bryan and Punk continue their technical type matches, with Kane adding the position of strength. There was some slight comedy too, which made the match that much more enjoyable.
While Kane was a great addition, it seems that the WWE has more prepared between Punk and Bryan with a big match blowout planned.
Like all of Ryback’s matches, this was the same.
Ryback destroys some local fighters and acts indestructible.
If he’s going to be on a PPV, it needs to be against someone who can possibly amount some offense.
Every year the WWE seems to put these two in a feud.
For John Cena and the Big Show, the addition of Steel Cage helped them tell their story in the ring. With the help of other WWE superstars, Cena was able to win.
The match worked as it made both wrestlers still look dominant.
The firing of John Laurinaitis by Vince McMahon at the end was important to the match, but the Steel Cage stipulation would have been sufficient.
WWE No Way Out 2012 drew an overall grade of a B.
The matches that were announced prior to the PPV were what made the show. The matches that were just added hurt the overall rating for the return of No Way Out.