|No Way Out|
|Promotion||World Wrestling Entertainment|
|Date||February 15, 2009|
|No Way Out chronology|
No Way Out was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment. It took place on February 15, 2009, at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. It was the 11th event under the No Way Out name and featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brand divisions. Five matches were held on the event's card. It was the final No Way Out held until June 2012 as No Way Out's February slot was replaced by Elimination Chamber in 2010.
The main events for the Raw and SmackDown brands were their at-the-time annual Elimination Chamber matches for their respective world championships. The WWE Championship was contested for in the Smackdown main event with champion Edge defending against Jeff Hardy, Triple H, The Undertaker, The Big Show, and Vladimir Kozlov. Triple H emerged victorious by eliminating Undertaker last. Later in the evening, the World Heavyweight Championship was on the line in the Raw main event. The match was to originally feature champion John Cena defend against Kane, Rey Mysterio, Mike Knox, Chris Jericho, and Kofi Kingston. However, as Kingston was making his way to the structure he was attacked by Edge and taken out of the match. Edge then assumed Kingston's place in the match and won by eliminating Mysterio last, resulting in both of WWE's world championships belonging to members of the SmackDown brand.
The ECW brand's lone match saw Jack Swagger defend his ECW Championship successfully against Finlay. The remaining matches on the card were all from the Raw brand and saw Randy Orton defeat Shane McMahon in a No Holds Barred match signed after Shane got revenge against Orton for an attack on his father Vince McMahon, and Shawn Michaels defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a match where Michaels would gain financial freedom from JBL if he won but would become a permanent employee of JBL if he lost.
No Way Out was first held as the 20th In Your House pay-per-view (PPV) in February 1998; In Your House was a series of monthly PPV shows first produced by the then-World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in May 1995. The In Your House branding was retired following February 1999's St. Valentine's Day Massacre: In Your House event, as the company moved to install permanent names for each of its monthly PPVs. No Way Out returned in February 2000 as its own PPV event, thus establishing it as the annual February PPV for the promotion, which was renamed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in May 2002. The 2009 event was the 11th event in the No Way Out chronology and was held on February 15 at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. It featured wrestlers from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands. It was the final No Way Out until June 2012. In September 2009, WWE ran a poll on their website to decide a new name for No Way Out. Elimination Chamber was chosen as the new name for the February 2010 event, but WWE in turn decided to end the No Way Out chronology with Elimination Chamber becoming the new February PPV. No Way Out 2009 would also be the final No Way Out to occur during a brand split, as the first brand extension ended in August 2011.
No Way Out featured professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds, plots, and storylines that were played out on Raw, Friday Night SmackDown, and ECW on Sci Fi—World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) primary television programs. Wrestlers were portrayed as either a villain or a hero as they followed a series of events that built tension, and culminated into a wrestling match or series of matches. All wrestlers were from WWE's Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands—a storyline division in which WWE employees are assigned to a television program of the same name.
It was announced at Royal Rumble 2009 that two Elimination Chamber matches would be held, in which SmackDown's WWE Championship would be defended in one and Raw's World Heavyweight Championship in the other. Qualifying matches for Raw's Elimination Chamber began on the January 26, 2009 episode of Raw, in which Kofi Kingston defeated Kane, Rey Mysterio defeated William Regal, and Chris Jericho defeated CM Punk. Mike Knox would later qualify by winning a six-man battle royal at a live event on February 2, 2009. Kane was announced as the final participant by Raw General Manager Stephanie McMahon in exchange for Kane convincing the Undertaker to face Randy Orton in a match the next week on Raw. Qualifying matches for SmackDown's Elimination Chamber match began on the January 30, 2009 episode of Friday Night SmackDown, in which The Undertaker defeated Mark Henry; The Big Show defeated Festus; and Triple H defeated Vladimir Kozlov and The Great Khali in a Triple Threat match; SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero announced that since Jeff Hardy lost the WWE Championship to Edge at the Royal Rumble, Hardy's rematch clause for the championship would be used to include him in the Elimination Chamber match. Vladimir Kozlov, the last entrant, won a battle royal to qualify.
After Randy Orton punted the WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, and threatened legal action (kayfabe) against the promotion if he were fired, due to the fact he had won the 2009 Royal Rumble and therefore he was guaranteed a World Championship match at WrestleMania 25. So Vince's son Shane retaliated by returning and attacking Orton on the January 26, 2009 episode of Raw. Orton's lawyers proposed a challenge from Orton to Shane for a No Holds Barred match at No Way Out, which Shane accepted.
Another rivalry from the Raw brand heading into No Way Out was between Shawn Michaels and John "Bradshaw" Layfield (JBL). At WWE's December pay-per-view, Armageddon, Michaels was engaged in a narrative in which he announced that he was in need of money to support his family and hence, had agreed to work for JBL. JBL began using Michaels to aid him become the World Heavyweight Champion, but all of Michaels' efforts failed. On the February 2, 2009, episode of Raw, JBL challenged Michaels to a match at No Way Out, stipulating that should Michaels win, he would be freed from JBL's employment with all the money JBL has promised him, but if Michaels lost, JBL would have gained ownership of Michaels' name and likeness.
The main rivalry from the ECW brand was between Jack Swagger and Finlay, who are battling over the ECW Championship. On the February 3, 2009 episode of ECW, Finlay defeated Swagger in a non-title match to hand the latter his first defeat in a singles match via pinfall in his WWE career. The next day on WWE.com, it was announced that Swagger would defend his ECW Championship against Finlay at No Way Out.
|English commentators||Michael Cole (Raw)|
|Jerry "The King" Lawler (Raw)|
|Jim Ross (SmackDown)|
|Todd Grisham (ECW)|
|Matt Striker (ECW)|
|Spanish commentators||Carlos Cabrera|
|Ring announcer||Lillian Garcia (Raw)|
|Justin Roberts (SmackDown)|
|Tony Chimel (ECW)|
The event opened with the Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship involving Edge, Jeff Hardy, Triple H, The Undertaker, Big Show and Vladimir Kozlov. Edge and Hardy were the first two entrants. Almost three minutes into the match, Edge attempted a Spear on Hardy, who pinned Edge with a Small Package to eliminate him. Kozlov entered at #3, Big Show entered at #4, Triple H entered at #5 and Undertaker entered at #6. Undertaker performed a Last Ride on Kozlov to eliminate him, becoming the first man in the WWE to pin Kozlov. Undertaker then superplexed the Big Show from the top turnbuckle, following which Triple H performed a Pedigree on Big Show and Hardy performed a Swanton Bomb off a pod on Big Show. Triple H then pinned Big Show to eliminate him. Undertaker performed a Tombstone Piledriver on Hardy to eliminate him. Undertaker performed a Tombstone Piledriver on Triple H, who placed his foot on the bottom rope to void the pinfall at a two count. Triple H performed a pedigree on Undertaker for a near-fall. Triple H performed a second Pedigree on Undertaker to win the WWE Championship for a record-setting eighth time, his 13th World Championship overall.
The second match was a No Holds Barred match between Randy Orton and Shane McMahon. During the match, a trash can, an exposed turnbuckle and a Kendo Stick were all used as weapons. Shane hit Orton with a television monitor, causing Orton to bleed. Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase interfered, attacking Shane. Rhodes attempted to hit Shane with a chair but accidentally hit Dibiase with the chair, allowing Shane to perform a DDT on Dibiase onto the chair. Shane performed a Coast-To-Coast into a Trash Can was placed in front of Rhodes. Shane attempted a Leap of Faith on Orton through an Announce Table but Orton avoided it and Shane fell through the Announce Table. Orton performed a Superplex on Shane through a Table for a near-fall. Orton performed an RKO on Shane to win the match.
The third match was for the ECW Championship between Jack Swagger and Finlay. Throughout the match, Hornswoggle, who was in Finlay's corner, attempted to distract Swagger. Swagger performed a Gutwrench Powerbomb on Finlay to retain the title.
The main event was an Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship, scheduled to involve John Cena, Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, Kofi Kingston, Mike Knox and Kane. Before the match, Edge attacked Kingston, performed a Con-Chair-To on the steel steps on him and locked himself in a chamber pod, replacing Kingston in the match. Jericho entered at #1, Mysterio entered at #2 and Kane entered at #3. Kane was eliminated by Mysterio after a Diving Seated Senton off a chamber pod. Knox entered at #4. Knox was eliminated by Jericho after a Codebreaker. Edge entered at #5 and Cena entered at #6. Cena was eliminated by Edge after a Codebreaker from Jericho, a 619 from Mysterio and a Spear. Jericho was eliminated by Mysterio after Mysterio pinned Jericho with a double leg cradle. Mysterio was eliminated by Edge after a Spear, meaning Edge won the match and the World Heavyweight Championship.
Randy Orton continued his feud with the McMahon family, after No Way Out. On the very next night on Raw, Orton faced Shane McMahon in an unsanctioned match, before both Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase had to interfered in the match, after the interference, Orton then punted Shane. When Raw General Manager Stephanie McMahon came out to check on Shane's condition and confront Orton, he attacked her with an RKO, that brought out the furious Triple H to the ring to check on his wife and led to him seeking revenge on Orton any way that he could. On the March 2 episode of Raw, Orton (who was the winner of the Royal Rumble) was goaded by Triple H into choosing to face him in the main event of WrestleMania 25 for the WWE Championship.
Also on the same night, after No Way Out, Edge revealed that he entered the second Elimination Chamber match with the approval of his (kayfabe) wife, SmackDown General Manager Vickie Guerrero. John Cena then invoked his rematch clause, but Edge chose not to defend the title on that night and returned to SmackDown with it. Cena and Edge were eventually signed to face off in a Triple Threat match for the World Heavyweight Championship at WrestleMania with Big Show (who was Edge and Guerrero's ally), as their third opponent.
With their feud now over, Shawn Michaels and John "Bradshaw" Layfield went in different directions. JBL went on to feud with CM Punk over the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which he won on the March 9 episode of Raw to become the ninth Grand Slam winner in company history. Michaels, meanwhile, began feuding with The Undertaker in an effort to set up a match between the two of them for WrestleMania, which eventually took place.
|1D||Melina (c) defeated Beth Phoenix||Singles match for the WWE Women's Championship||N/A|
|2||Triple H defeated The Undertaker, Jeff Hardy, Big Show, Vladimir Kozlov, and Edge (c)||Elimination Chamber match for the WWE Championship||35:55|
|3||Randy Orton defeated Shane McMahon||No Holds Barred match||18:16|
|4||Jack Swagger (c) defeated Finlay (with Hornswoggle)||Singles match for the ECW Championship||7:53|
|5||Shawn Michaels defeated John "Bradshaw" Layfield||Singles match
Since Michaels won, he was released from his employment contract with JBL. Had JBL won, Michaels would have had to be a permanent employee of JBL.
|6||Edge defeated Rey Mysterio, Chris Jericho, John Cena (c), Mike Knox, and Kane[Note 1]||Elimination Chamber match for the World Heavyweight Championship||29:46|
- Before the match started, Edge attacked Kofi Kingston and replaced him in the match.
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (SmackDown)
|1||Edge (c)||1||Jeff Hardy||Pinned after an inside cradle||03:00|
|2||Vladimir Kozlov||3||The Undertaker||Pinned after a Last Ride||22:57|
|3||Big Show||4||Triple H||Pinned after a Swanton Bomb from Hardy off the top of a pod||26:09|
|4||Jeff Hardy||2||The Undertaker||Pinned after a Tombstone Piledriver||28:28|
|5||The Undertaker||6||Triple H||Pinned after a Pedigree||35:55|
Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (Raw)
|1||Kane||3||Rey Mysterio||Pinned after a Seated Senton off the top of a pod||09:37|
|2||Mike Knox||4||Chris Jericho||Pinned after a Codebreaker||14:42|
|3||John Cena (c)||6||Edge||Pinned after a Spear||22:22|
|4||Chris Jericho||1||Rey Mysterio||Pinned with a double leg cradle||23:54|
|5||Rey Mysterio||2||Edge||Pinned after a Spear||29:46|
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