No Way Out (2012)

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No Way Out (2012)
Promotional poster featuring AJ Lee and Daniel Bryan
"Unstoppable" by Charm City Devils[1]
Promotion WWE
Date June 17, 2012
Attendance 10,000[2]
Venue Izod Center
City East Rutherford, New Jersey
Pay-per-view chronology
Over the Limit (2012) No Way Out (2012) Money in the Bank (2012)
No Way Out chronology
No Way Out (2009) No Way Out (2012) Final

No Way Out (2012) (also known as No Escape (2012) in Germany, since No Way Out was used as the substitute title for the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view over concerns regarding The Holocaust imagery of the title)[3] was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by the WWE promotion, which took place on June 17, 2012 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The show was the twelfth No Way Out event and the first one since 2009.

Nine matches were on the card. The event received 194,000 buys, up from last year's Capitol Punishment pay-per-view of 170,000.[4]


The professional wrestling matches at No Way Out featured professional wrestlers performing as characters in scripted events pre-determined by the hosting promotion, WWE. Storylines between the characters played out on WWE's primary television programs, Raw and SmackDown.[5][6]

The main event of the pay-per-view involves John Cena and Big Show. On the May 14 edition of Raw, the general manager of Raw and SmackDown John Laurinaitis fired Big Show for making fun of his voice. At Over the Limit, just before John Cena would defeat Laurinaitis, Big Show used his Knockout Punch and knocked out Cena, allowing Laurinaitis to pin Cena. The next night on Raw, Laurinaitis revealed that he gave Big Show back his job, complete with an ironclad contract with a bonus on the condition that he would take out Cena as Show was outside the influence of the no interference stipulation for the match. Show stated that he only helped Laurinaitis when he didn't receive any sympathy from the other Superstars, and because of his ironclad contract, started attacking those Superstars. Laurinaitis would soon book a match between Cena and Big Show inside a steel cage for the pay-per-view. On the June 11 edition of Raw, Mr. McMahon returned to evaluate John Laurinaitis' job, but was interrupted by the Big Show, at which point Mr. McMahon announced that if Big Show loses, Laurinaitis would be fired, at which point the Big Show knocked out Mr. McMahon after Cena ducked. On the June 15 episode of SmackDown, Laurinaitis announced the stipulation if Cena loses, he would be fired, at which point Cena knocked Laurinaitis out.

The main event of SmackDown was originally Sheamus defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Alberto Del Rio. Following a successful title defense by Sheamus against Del Rio, Randy Orton and Chris Jericho at Over the Limit, Del Rio, Orton and Kane competed in a Triple Threat match on the May 25 edition of SmackDown to earn a match against Sheamus for his title. Del Rio successfully pinned Kane to score a match against Sheamus at No Way Out. Del Rio was pulled from the match following a concussion during the June 8 episode of SmackDown.[7] On the June 11 edition of Raw, Dolph Ziggler defeated Christian, Jack Swagger and The Great Khali in a Fatal-Four Way Elimination match to become the new number one contender for the World Heavyweight Championship.

The main event of Raw involved the WWE Champion CM Punk defending his title in a Triple Threat match against Daniel Bryan and Kane. On the May 18 edition of SmackDown, Punk was put in a match against Kane, where Bryan was in commentary observing the match. Bryan would run interference by attacking Kane with a steel chair and making it look like Punk did it, causing Kane to attack Punk. On the May 21 edition of Raw, Bryan, who demanded a rematch due to Punk tapping out moments after scoring the pin during their WWE Championship match at Over the Limit, was facing off against Kane, set up by Punk in which the situation nearly reversed itself. Afterwards, Kane would start attacking both indiscriminately after being a pawn in each of their plans. On the June 1 episode of SmackDown, which involved Punk defending the WWE Championship against Kane, Bryan would interfere in the match, attacking both once more, only for Kane to chokeslam both Bryan and Punk. Afterwards, John Laurinaitis came out to announce a Triple Threat match involving Punk, Bryan and Kane.



The pre-show featured Brodus Clay defeating David Otunga by countout.

Preliminary matches[edit]

The event opened with Sheamus defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Dolph Ziggler. In the end, Ziggler applied a Sleeper Hold on Sheamus but Sheamus countered the hold into the White Noise on Ziggler and executed a Brogue Kick on Ziggler for the victory.

Next, United States Champion Santino Marella faced Ricardo Rodriguez in a Tuxedo match. Marella won by stripping Rodriguez down to his underwear.

After that, Christian defended the WWE Intercontinental Championship against Cody Rhodes. The match ended when Rhodes attempted a Beautiful Disaster Kick on Christian but Christian avoided the move and executed a Spear on Rhodes for the victory.

In the fourth match, The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) faced Primo & Epico, The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso), and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel in a Fatal 4-Way Tag team match to determine the #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship. Young executed a Gut Check on Primo for the victory.

Next, Layla defended the WWE Divas Championship against Beth Phoenix. Layla executed a Neckbreaker on Phoenix for the victory.

After that, Sin Cara faced Hunico. Sin Cara executed a Tilt-A-Whirl Headscissors Takedown on Hunico for the victory.

In the seventh match, CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan and Kane. During the match, Bryan applied the Yes Lock on Punk but Punk escaped the hold and executed a GTS on Bryan. Punk pinned Bryan but Kane pulled Bryan out of the ring, voiding the pinfall. Kane attempted a Chokeslam on Punk but Punk countered into a DDT on Kane for a near-fall. Punk executed a Diving Elbow Drop on Kane for a near-fall. Kane executed a Chokeslam on Punk for a near-fall. The match ended when Kane accidentally collided with AJ Lee, allowing Punk to execute the GTS on Kane for the victory.

After that, Ryback faced Dan Delaney and Rob Grimes in a Handicap match. Ryback executed a Shell Shocked on Delaney and Grimes simultaneously for the victory.

Main event[edit]

In the last match of the night, John Cena faced Big Show inside a Steel Cage. The stipulation of the match was that if Big Show won, John Laurinaitis would fire Cena, but if Cena won, Mr. McMahon would fire Laurinaitis. Big Show dominated the match in the early going. Cena nearly escaped multiple times, but was stopped by Big Show. Cena almost escaped through the door, but this time was foiled by Laurinaitis even after Mr. McMahon tried to intervene, knocking out the outside referee in the process. Show then executed a Chokeslam on Cena for a near-fall. Show then inadvertently knocked out the inside referee with a WMD that was intended for Cena, who ducked. Show then executed a second WMD on Cena. Show attempted to walk out the door, but was stopped by Brodus Clay, wielding a steel chair. Show then attempted to climb out over the top, but numerous superstars from Zack Ryder to Kofi Kingston tried to knock Show off the top of the cage. Kingston finally succeeded in this, temporarily stunning Show. Cena tried to crawl out the door, but Show stopped him at the last second. Cena then executed an Attitude Adjustment on Big Show and climbed to the top of the cage, but was stopped by Laurinaitis, flailing his crutches at him. Clay came over and subdued Laurinaitis long enough to allow Cena to climb over the top before Big Show could crawl out the door. McMahon then fired Laurinaitis and Cena put Laurinaitis through the Spanish announce table with an Attitude Adjustment.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1P Brodus Clay (with Naomi and Cameron) defeated David Otunga by countout Singles match[8] 05:43
2 Sheamus (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler (with Vickie Guerrero) Singles match for the World Heavyweight Championship 15:08
3 Santino Marella defeated Ricardo Rodriguez Tuxedo match 04:25
4 Christian (c) defeated Cody Rhodes Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship 11:31
5 The Prime Time Players (Titus O'Neil and Darren Young) (with A.W.) defeated Primo and Epico (with Rosa Mendes), The Usos (Jimmy Uso and Jey Uso), and Tyson Kidd and Justin Gabriel Fatal 4-Way match to determine #1 contenders to the WWE Tag Team Championship[9] 09:30
6 Layla (c) defeated Beth Phoenix Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship 06:57
7 Sin Cara defeated Hunico Singles match 05:48
8 CM Punk (c) defeated Daniel Bryan and Kane Triple threat match for the WWE Championship[10] 18:17
9 Ryback defeated Dan Delaney and Rob Grymes Handicap match 01:38
10 John Cena (with Mr. McMahon) defeated Big Show (with John Laurinaitis) Steel Cage match
Since Cena won, Laurinaitis was fired, Had Show won, Cena would be fired[11][12]
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • P – indicates the match took place on the pre-show


The event received 194,000 buys, up from last year's Capitol Punishment pay-per-view of 170,000.[13] It was also the most-bought No Way Out PPV in WWE history.

The event received extremely high reviews. The triple threat match between CM Punk, Daniel Bryan, and Kane received the highest rating of the event by Dave Meltzler, with 4.5 out of 5 stars. The steel cage match between John Cena and Big Show and the opening contest between Sheamus and Dolph Ziggler were both praised, each getting 4 out of 5 stars.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ WWE Music Group Tweet on Twitter
  2. ^ "Attendance for 6/18 No Way Out PPV in New Jersey". 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2012-06-22. 
  3. ^ Caldwell, James (2012-05-26). "Next WWE PPV given different title int'lly". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2012-05-26. 
  4. ^ "WWE Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results" (PDF) (Press release). WWE. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 
  5. ^ Grabianowski, Ed. "How Pro Wrestling Works". HowStuffWorks, Inc. Discovery Communications. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 5 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Live & Televised Entertainment". WWE. Archived from the original on 18 November 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Concussion wipes out Alberto Del Rio for No Way Out". WWE. Retrieved 2012-06-11. 
  8. ^ Murphy, Ryan (June 17, 2012). "Brodus Clay def. David Otunga". WWE. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  9. ^ Medalis, Kara A. (June 17, 2012). "The Prime Time Players won a Fatal 4-Way Tag Team Match". WWE. Retrieved June 17, 2012. 
  10. ^ "WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan vs. Kane – Triple Threat Match". WWE. Retrieved 2012-06-01. 
  11. ^ "John Cena vs. Big Show – Steel Cage Match". WWE. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  12. ^ Caldwell, James (2012-06-17). " - CALDWELL'S WWE NO WAY OUT PPV REPORT 6/17: Ongoing 'virtual time' coverage of live PPV - Cena vs. Show, potential 'firings,' who will A.J. choose?". Retrieved 26 November 2015. 
  13. ^ "WWE Reports 2012 Second Quarter Results" (PDF) (Press release). WWE. August 2, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2012. 

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