We begin with a look back at Vince McMahon’s attempt to fire John Laurinaitis only to get a meeting with Big Show’s fist. What is in store for the main event participants on Sunday?
AJ Lee makes her way to the ring and she has stars in her eyes. Is she thinking of her new BFF CM Punk, her ex-boyfriend Daniel Bryan, or the center of her universe and owner of AJ’s tongue Kane?
AJ says that she wanted to say something before the show started. There is a very simple reason for why she kissed Kane on Raw. She says that she did it . . .
We will never know because Vickie Guerrero had to interrupt. She tells AJ that she is not the story tonight. Everyone is not talking about her kissing Kane. They are not going to talk about Big Show punching Mr. McMahon. They are talking about the winner of the Fatal Four Way Match to determine the number one contender for the World Title. They are talking about Dolph Ziggler.
Dolph comes out and he has something to say. Dolph says that two weeks ago after a pointless tag match with Jack Swagger, he told everyone that he is better than this. On Monday night, he did what he does best, he stole the show and he proved it. Dolph says that he is going to become the new World Champion. He says that he is not going to let some 95 pound whacked out, hair brained, disgruntled Hot Topic employee go all non compos mentis and steal his spotlight.
AJ says that she stopped listening half way through what Dolph had to say and she wonders if she is supposed to feel insulted. AJ says that Dolph’s bleach has seeped into his brain. She tells Dolph that he is delusional if he thinks he is going to become World Champion. AJ says that also goes for his grandma.
Dolph slaps AJ and Vickie tells AJ that she will not talk to them again. She tells AJ to get out of Dolph’s ring or she will throw her out.
AJ starts to stare at Dolph and this might become a Pentagon of Love, but CM Punk’s music plays and the obsession of Ms. Crazy Chick comes to the ring.
Punk smiles awkwardly at AJ after their eyes meet. Punk says that after all of the screeching, he thinks she said Excuse Me. Punk says that him, AJ, and the WWE Universe do not have to excuse Vickie simply because she says it. Punk says that there is not an excuse in the world to have to listen to her. Punk says that she is a broken record whether it is Raw or Smackdown. She comes out and touts Dolph Ziggler and he doesn’t come through. Punk reminds Ziggler that he said it in January and he lost. It will be the same thing on Sunday against Sheamus. It will be the same thing tonight against him and Sheamus.
Punk tells Vickie that if he is the voice of the voiceless, then Vickie is the voice of the pointless.
Dolph tells Punk that he is the voice of the next World Heavyweight . . .
Daniel Bryan makes his way to the ramp as his music plays. Bryan says that this is priceless. Punk is AJ’s knight in shining armor. She is making out with Kane on Monday and saving her on Friday. Bryan calls CM Punk ‘the Hero’.
He says that AJ probably told Punk that she kissed Kane to save Punk from the monster, but AJ has Punk wrapped around her finger without Punk realizing it. The great thing about learning from his mistakes is seeing Kane and Punk make the exact same mistake. That mistake is AJ.
Bryan reminds everyone that AJ cost him the World Title at Wrestlemania. If AJ is in Punk’s corner, her bad luck will help Daniel Bryan become the new WWE Champion.
Bryan starts to Yes, but Sheamus’ music plays and we have all four men in the main event in the ring.
Sheamus says hello to Danny Boy and he asks Bryan if he still thinks AJ cost him the title. Sheamus wants to know how many times we have to prove Bryan wrong and then he wonders which side to listen to because Bryan talks out of his arse so much.
Sheamus tells Dolph that he will admit that Dolph had an impressive showing on Monday but that was one night. Dolph says that he will become the new World Champion on Sunday. Sheamus says that all Alberto Del Rio’s injury has done is give him another time to beat him.
Sheamus wants to know if they are all ready for their match, even if it is scheduled for the main event.
AJ says that she has some old business to take care of and she wants a piece of Vickie Guerrero but Punk and Sheamus keep AJ from going psycho on Vickie.
We go to commercial.
Match Number One: Sheamus and CM Punk with AJ Lee versus Daniel Bryan and Dolph Ziggler with Vickie Guerrero
Bryan and Sheamus start things off and Sheamus with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Sheamus catches Bryan and gets him on his shoulders for the rolling fireman’s carry slam and he hits it and gets a near fall. Sheamus works on the arm and Punk tags in and hits an elbow from the turnbuckles. Punk with a hammer lock and sends Bryan into the turnbuckle. Punk with an Irish whip but he runs into a knee.
Ziggler tags in and Punk with a drop toe hold for a near fall. Sheamus tags in and he hits the slingshot shoulder tackle for a near fall. Sheamus works on the arm and he slams Ziggler and tags Punk back in and Punk with a slingshot senton for a near fall.
Punk with a front face lock into a delayed vertical suplex and he gets a near fall. Sheamus tags in and he punches Ziggler. Ziggler tags Bryan in and Bryan with a kick and European uppercut. Sheamus with a back elbow followed by a knee and forearm. Ziggler distracts Sheamus and Bryan with a running drop kick into the corner. Ziggler tags in and he punches Sheamus in the corner until the referee pulls Ziggler out of the corner. Bryan chokes Sheamus while Ziggler distracts the referee.
Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop and an arm bar before tagging Bryan back in. Bryan with a European uppercut but Sheamus with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Punk tags in and he hits a springboard clothesline followed by a leg lariat, clothesline, and swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Punk with an Irish whip but Bryan sends Punk to the apron. Punk stops Ziggler on the apron but Bryan knocks Punk off the apron and Bryan with a running knee off the apron.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Bryan with a seated abdominal stretch but Punk with elbows. Bryan with a knee to the midsection and Ziggler tags back in. Ziggler with a boot to the chest and then he taunts Sheamus before pulling Punk back into his corner. Bryan tags in and he kicks Punk with a resounding Yes. Bryan with a front face lock suplex and then he goes up top for the diving head butt, but Punk moves at the last minute.
Punk struggles to get to the corner to make the tag and Sheamus does as well as Ziggler. Sheamus with double sledges followed by a shoulder in the corner and a running knee lift and uranage back breaker for a near fall but Bryan breaks up the cover. Punk with a forearm and Bryan is sent to the floor. Bryan sends Punk into the ringside barrier.
Sheamus avoids a Fameasser and hits White Noise. Sheamus knocks Bryan off the apron and then he looks into the crowd and gets motivation to turn around for the Brogue Kick but Vickie gets on the apron. AJ pushes Vickie into the ring and Sheamus gets distracted long enough to allow Ziggler to get the rollup for the three count.
Winners: Dolph Ziggler and Daniel Bryan
After the match, Sheamus chases Ziggler through the crowd. Meanwhile, back in the ring, AJ and Vickie are in the ring and Vickie pushes AJ. AJ has that happy go kill someone look on her face and AJ attacks Vickie but Vickie gets out of the ring. AJ goes after Vickie and she grabs Vickie but Vickie kicks AJ into the apron. Vickie goes to the back and AJ is down.
From out of nowhere, the Big Red Monster comes to the ring to check on his woman.
Kane picks up AJ and takes her to safety. Punk attacks Kane and Kane drops AJ. Kane punches Punk as they fight to the ring. Kane with an uppercut and then they get into the ring and Bryan joins in and kicks Punk. Kane choke slams Bryan and then he choke slams Punk.
AJ stares at Kane and she drops to her knees and then she starts to laugh.
We go to commercial.
We are back and are you ready for some preshow wrestling on Sunday because the Funk faces the Ivy League.
Brodus Clay says that it is time for some real talk. John Laurinaitis has banned him from Monday Night Raw. If he gets anywhere near the Big Show, he will be fired on the spot. He says that he is confident that John Cena is going to take care of Big Show at No Way Out. He says that he will agree on one condition, that he get some competition.
Brodus wants to know who Johnny is going to bring out to put him on his back.
Match Number Two: Brodus Clay with the Funkettes versus Heath Slater
Clay with a running head butt followed by an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Clay with a Sheeeplex followed by a big splash for the three count.
Winner: Brodus Clay
After the match, it is time to dance.
David Otunga attacks Clay while he was dancing and he clips Clay and works on the hamstring. Otunga slams the leg into the mat and then the apron while Cameron and Naomi stand around and don’t try to get anyone to help Brodus.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Layla joins the announce team for our next match because Divas are wrestling, including Layla’s opponent on Sunday, Beth Phoenix.
Match Number Three: Beth Phoenix versus Alicia Fox
Beth with a kick and then she sends Alicia into the turnbuckles. Beth with an Irish hwip but Alicia with a back elbow from the turnbuckles. Alicia misses a flip leg drop and Beth tries for a running boot to the head but Alicia with a rollup for a near fall. Beth with a back breaker as she looks at Layla and then Beth hits the Glam Slam and gets the three count.
Winner: Beth Phoenix
We go to commercial.
We are back with a Raw 1000 Memorable Moment. This week it is Hornswoggle and he says that it is the Muppets guest hosting Raw on Halloween last year.
It is time for John Laurinaitis to come out and he reminds us who he is and what he does. He says that he apologized to Vince McMahon on Tuesday but he wants to make a public apology. He says that he is sorry and he says that it was a mistake. He says that at Vince’s age, he should stay out of the way of the Big Show.
We have a video package from Raw showing what Show did to Vince McMahon.
John says that at Wrestlemania he willingly put up his job and Team Johnny was victorious. At Over the Limit, his job was in jeopardy and he beat John Cena. At No Way Out, his job is on the line, but he put his faith in the man who will defeat John Cena inside a steel cage, the Big Show.
Show makes his way to the ring.
He says that he has no reason to lie whether he punched Vince McMahon intentionally. Show says that he could get fired, but he would be paid millions of dollars to stay home. Even when he was in WCW, he was never given the ability to reach his fullest potential by outshining the faces of the company. People like Hulk Hogan, Sting, and Ric Flair.
When the chance came to be a free agent, he was told by everyone to come to WWE because he could be the biggest star. Show says that he talked to Vince McMahon and Vince told him that he has to be a better business man and let people care about him. He has to know how to put on a show. Your name is now The Big Show.
For fourteen years, he did it Vince’s way. Meanwhile, John Cena, CM Punk, Randy Orton, and Sheamus rose to the top while Show was on the sidelines being happy about being a special attraction.
Show says that he smiled and told jokes for ten years. He says that he is proud that he is not John Cena. In this steel cage match, he is going to make up for lost time. He is going to show what he is truly capable of. He will not be burdened by what people think any more.
Unlike what he did to Vince McMahon, what he does to John Cena will be extremely deliberate and calculated. It will be uncomfortable. Show says that he may be a sell out to some but he will make John Cena suffer.
For fourteen years, he has been in the WWE. Show says that he is looking at Sunday as his first match. He says that he will be victorious and he guarantees it.
Michael Cole stops John and he tells John that he has to hear this. Cole says that he has it on good authority that John Cena has left his home in West Newbury, Massachusetts and he will be in the arena tonight.
Show gets back into the ring and he says that if John Cena is coming here tonight, he won’t be hard to find. He will be right here.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Christian comes to the ring. We see how Christian became the Intercontinental Champion.
Match Number Four: Jack Swagger with Vickie Guerrero versus Christian in a Non Title Match
Christian with a waist lock but Swagger with a standing switch and he sends Christian into the corner and connects with a forearm to the back followed by a shoulder to the midsection. Christian with a pendulum kick and then he ducks down and Swagger goes to the floor. Vickie distracts Christian and Swagger hits Christian from behind.
Swagger rolls Christian back into the ring and gets a near fall. Swagger with a power slam and a leaping leg drop for a near fall. Swagger rolls back to his feet and he does a lap before trying another leg drop but Christian moves out of the way. Christian punches Swagger and hits a running forearm and then he slingshots himself to the floor and he punches Swagger.
Christian waits for Swagger to get to his feet and he tries for the spear but Swagger trips Christian and applies the ankle lock. Swagger is sent into the turnbuckles and then Christian with a back elbow from the turnbuckles and he tries for the Killswitch. Christian is sent to the apron but Christian goes up top. Swagger goes up and tries for a superplex but Christian knocks Swagger off the turnbuckles and Christian gets the three count after a frog splash.
We go to commercial.
We are back and it is time for Ryback’s latest meal to talk about how they are not going to suffer the same fate as the prior victims of Ryback. This time they tells some jokes.
Match Number Five: Ari Cohen and Mike Testa versus Ryback
Testa and Cohen try to surround the marching man but Ryback grabs Testa. Cohen climbs on Ryback’s back and Ryback sends Testa to the floor. Ryback with a power bomb to Cohen and then he focuses on Testa and Ryback hits a fallaway slam that sends Testa into Cohen. Ryback sends Testa into the corner and then the same to Cohen. Ryback with a splash into the corner followed by a lariat to Testa. Cohen doesn’t miss out on a Ryback lariat. Ryback with the double muscle buster for the three count.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Tyson Kidd is in the ring waiting for his opponent.
The music plays and Damien Sandow emerges. Damien says that he is here to help all of us. Last week on this very serial, he was compelled to resort to physical means to liberate their falsely anointed idol from the shackles of his own self imposed inadequacies. He demands that the people remain silent when he is speaking.
Sadly, before he could impart his lesson, he was accosted from behind by the ignoramus in the ring in front of him. This said ignoramus will learn the consequences for undermining not only his enlightenment, but the enlightenment of everyone. Damien tells everyone thank you.
Match Number Six: Tyson Kidd versus Damien Sandow
They lock up and Sandow with a knee followed by a side Russian leg sweep and an emphatic elbow drop. Kidd with a shoulder from the apron followed by a kick to the head. Kidd goes up top and hits a moonsault but Kidd can only get a near fall. Kidd tries for the Dungeon Lock but Sandow kicks Kidd into the turnbuckles. Sandow with knees to the head followed by a strait jacket neck breaker for the three count.
Winner: Damien Sandow
After the match, Sandow does a victory cartwheel.
We go to commercial.
We are back with another Raw 1000 Memorable Moment. This time, we see Michael Cole’s favorite and it was the night he got ‘knighted’.
We have an Earlier Tonight Moment from the opening match main event.
It is time to run through the card for No Way Out.
We see another Earlier Tonight Moment of what Big Show said about 45 minutes ago.
We are interrupted by the sight of John Cena walking through the back of the arena and he enters John Laurinaitis’ office while the Booker T Emergency Broadcasting Network Signal sounds. Johnny is not in his office.
Cena leaves the office and we go to commercial.
We are back and John Cena comes to the ring and he has something to say. John says that he is sorry for being late, but he wasn’t supposed to be here tonight. Cena says that he was on his way to Hampton Beach and he gets a call from his boy that Big Show called him out.
Cena says that he didn’t want to disappoint so here he is. He didn’t want the big lug to know he was hiding. Cena tells Big Show that he is the guy in the ring wearing green and jorts. He says that he is not hiding. Cena has been looking for Show and John wonders how you hide a seven foot five hundred pound sell out like Show.
John Laurinaitis’ music plays and he limps his way to the ring.
Cena wants to know what is going on.
Laurinaitis tells Cena that Big Show is not here any more. Laurinaitis tells Cena that what happened to Vince McMahon was his fault. The match will happen no matter what so Laurinaitis sent Big Show home.
Cena says that is unfortunate because he did not come here to talk. Cena says that either Show was going to knock him out or he was going to knock out Show. Since Laurinaitis sent Show home, that means that Johnny moved up to the number one spot.
Laurinaitis reminds Cena who he is and what he does because we have never heard it before. Laurinaitis says that if Cena lays a hand on him, he would fire Cena.
Cena pulls a rabbit of logic out of a hat and tells Laurinaitis that he needs to listen to what he said because the Board of Directors said that the match would happen no matter what. That means that he is just going to move Laurinaitis’ nose a little bit.
Laurinaitis reminds Cena that he beat him at Over the Limit and he has no problem embarrassing him again.
Cena says that Laurinaitis is embarrassing. He says that he is embarrassed by the fact that Laurinaitis has a position of power in this company. He says that Laurinaitis’ biggest asset is being the biggest ass kisser. If Show loses on Sunday, Laurinaitis is fired. If Laurinaitis is gone, that means that Cena cannot fire him.
Laurinaitis tells Cena to think about what he is going to do. If Cena loses at No Way Out, the first thing he will do on Sunday is FIRE JOHN CENA
Cena thinks about it and he must not be concerned about his match on Sunday because he drills Laurinaitis in the head.