27 May 2008 | wrestlingsitewebmaster
WWE No Way Out 2008
Another strong PPV for the WWE but what's with having two Elimination Chamber matches on the card? Talk about overkill, but these were great especially when you consider who was in the Smackdown! EC (Big Daddy V and The Great Khali). However WWE wisely booked these two to last longer than needed and a wise move it was. As soon as Khali entered he was heckled by the fans shouting a richly deserved "You can't Wrestle" chant and even though Big Daddy V looks abysmal on most occasions he didn't look that bad well disregarding the man boobs of course.
The Raw EC match was far superior to the Smackdown! EC match partly because it had 5 good workers (Jeff Hardy, HHH, Umaga, Chris Jericho and Shawn Michaels) and these can work believe me. My jaw dropped when I seen Umaga performing the double Samoan drop on Y2J and Michaels, that was awesome and even though everyone knew HHH would win, it was great seeing that he helped elevate Hardy into a main player in the match. Fans actually booed HHH and cheered Hardy.
The Smackdown! EC match was good and Batista and The Undertaker certainly work well together. MVP took a chokeslam off one of the elimination pods from The Undertaker, I'm surprised MVP agreed to do this because he's only been in the WWE for a year and a half and doesn't have that much experience well at taking big bumps anyway. Finlay proved he can still take big bumps when he allowed Taker to chokeslam him on the steel outside, that most have hurt like hell. Bearing in mind Finlay is 50 years old.
The rest of the card was average but was flawed by Ric Flair having a match against Mr Kennedy. I don't care how much Flair has done for the wrestling business, Kennedy deserved better. Flair won the with the figure four leg lock in a passable contest.
The first match on the card was CM Punk against Chavo Guerrero. This was poor and Punk doing Eddie Guerrero's 3 suplexes spot dampened the mood further, what an idiot. Guerrero won to retain his ECW title and was actually cheered by some fans. This is a shame as Guerrero and Punk are good workers but for some reason they didn't click in this match.
Results from the show: Chavo Guerrero downed CM Punk to retain the ECW title in a poor match.... Edge defeated Rey Mysterio in 5 minutes to retain the World title (Rey suffered a bicep injury about a month before the event and was unable to compete in a full match).... The Undertaker bested Finlay, Big Daddy V, The Great Khali, MVP and Batista in a very good Elimination Chamber match.... Ric Flair defeated Mr Kennedy via a figure four leg lock in a so so match.... John Cena downed Randy Orton via DQ in a passable match.... Triple H defeated Jeff Hardy, Chris Jericho, Shawn Michaels, Umaga and John 'Bradshaw' Layfield in an excellent Elimination Chamber Match to win the right to face the WWE champion at Wrestlemania (even though John Cena won the Royal Rumble to go on to face a Champion at Wrestlemania 24) Overall Grade - B-