WWE No Way Out Results: Christian and Rhodes Easily Match of the Night

William RenkenCorrespondent IIIJune 18, 2012

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With a pay-per-view centered around crazy chicks and bosses getting fired, the match that easily stole the show at WWE No Way Out was the Intercontinental Title between four-time (and current) champion Christian and former two-time champion Cody Rhodes.

In the days leading up to the pay-per-view, a groundswell of talk and speculation in the IWC began to surround Christian and Rhodes' return match from Over The Limit. And honestly, for all of the hype certain matches get and ultimately fail on delivering, their contest in East Rutherford did exactly the opposite.

With Rhodes holding up three fingers throughout the match to signify him vying for his third IC title, he traded counter after counter with the champion, as Christian had to eventually deplete all of his finishers to defeat Rhodes with a spear to get the win.

Regardless of which maneuver secured the win, the fact that WWE gave Christian a quality pay-per-view victory brought a collective sigh of relief based on the events of last summer, where in a manner of five days Christian was deposed as World Heavyweight Champion after winning the title at Extreme Rules.

Although there was considerable support for Rhodes to reclaim the title based on the fact that he has been one of the better IC champions over the past years, the decision to have him spar with Christian makes greater sense in the long run for Rhodes.

Even though an extended feud between Christian and Rhodes would continue to showcase quality matches month after month, the fact is Rhodes has a stock that is rapidly climbing and needs to be cashed in on the main event level.

With any luck, the Money In The Bank pay-per-view next month will be Rhodes' opportunity to get the World Title shot he has been deserving of.

But in the immediate time, what he and Christian put on display at No Way Out was one of the best pure wrestling matches of the year with its combination of high spots, false finishes and reversals.

There is something to be said for great in-ring chemistry in wrestling. Some have it. Many don't. Thankfully, CM Punk and Daniel Bryan have been able to display it on the main event stage. But even last night they fell second to the effort Christian and Rhodes put on display in the under card.

Where do you want to see Christian and Cody Rhodes go from their battle at No Way Out?