|City Seattle, Washington|
No Way Out (2009) No Way Out (2012)
|No Way Out (2009) WrestleMania XXV|
Date 15 February 2009
song(s) "Hunt You Down" by Saliva|
Location KeyArena, Seattle, Washington, United States
Brands WWE Raw, WWE SmackDown, ECW
No Way Out (2009) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and was presented by AT&T. It took place on February 15, 2009, at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. It was the eleventh event under the No Way Out name and featured talent from the Raw, SmackDown, and ECW brands. Five matches were held on the event's card.
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 Melina successfully defend the WWE Women's Championship against Beth Phoenix, 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 defeat John "Bradshaw" Layfield in a match where Michaels would gain financial freedom from JBL if he won but become a permanent employee of JBL if he lost.
Before the event aired live on pay-per-view, a dark match took place in which Melina defeated Beth Phoenix to retain the WWE Women's Championship.
The first match was an 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 to Spear Hardy although Hardy pinned Edge with a Small Package to eliminate him. During the match, Kozlov entered at #3, Big Show entered at #4, Triple H entered at #5 and Undertaker entered at #6. Approximately twenty-two minutes into the match, Undertaker performed a Last Ride on Kozlov, pinning Kozlov to eliminate him. Approximately twenty-six minutes into the match, Triple H performed a Pedigree on Big Show, followed by Hardy performing a Swanton Bomb off the top of a Chamber Pod on Big Show. Triple H pinned Big Show to eliminate him. Approximately twenty-eight minutes into the match, Undertaker performed a Tombstone Piledriver on Hardy, pinning Hardy to eliminate him. Undertaker performed a Tombstone Piledriver on Triple H although HHH placed his foot on the bottom rope, voiding the Pinfall at a two count. Triple H performed a pedigree on Undertaker, who kicked out at a two count. After the two fought, Triple H performed a second Pedigree on Undertaker, pinning Undertaker to eliminate him to win the match and the WWE Championship.
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 Steel Chair but accidentally hit Dibiase with the Chair, allowing Shane to perform a DDT on Rhodes onto the Chair. Shane performed a Coast-To-Coast on Rhodes whilst a Trash Can was placed in front of Rhodes and attempted to perform a Leap of Faith on Orton through an Announce Table however Orton avoided it and causing Shane to crash through the Announce Table. Orton performed a Superplex on Shane through a Table for a near-fall. Orton performed an RKO on Shane, pinning 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, pinning Finlay to win the match and retain the ECW Championship.
The fourth match was between Shawn Michaels and John "Bradshaw" Layfield. Michaels performed Sweet Chin Music on JBL, pinning JBL to win the match.
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 the top of 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.
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 GM Stephanie McMahon came out to check on her brother'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 March 2, 2009's episode of Raw, where Orton (who is the winner of this year's Royal Rumble) was goaded by Triple H into choosing to face him in the main event of WrestleMania XXV 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, Vickie Guerrero (who happens to be the GM of Smackdown at the time). Dethroned champion 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 is Edge's ally), as their third opponent.
With their feud now over, Shawn Michaels and JBL went in different directions. JBL went on to feud with CM Punk over the WWE Intercontinental Championship, which he won on March 9, 2009 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.
No Way Out was generally well received by critics. The Sun in their review noted that the unpredictability, shocks and top-notch wrestling overshadowed the few minor missteps of the evening, such as Vladimir Kozlov's stiff wrestling and the relative unimportance of the Orton/McMahon and Swagger/Finlay matches, criticizing the quality of both. Overall however, they awarded the event 8 out of 10, heaping praise on the use of Edge and his character. The event had 272,000 buys, down on the No Way Out 2008 figure of 329,000 buys.