WWE held its June PPV, No Way Out, on June 17, and the final results were fairly underwhelming. There were no title changes and the end came with Vince McMahon firing John Laurinaitis. Also on the card, Triple H came out and issued a challenge to fight Brock Lesnar at Summerslam. Here is a look at what else went down.
- Jobber Matches
Pay-per-view cards should not have lower card matches in 2012. This was something used in the glory days of the WWF, but is something that should be avoided now because it comes at the expense of wrestlers who need a push. In two such matches, Sin Cara beat Hunico with La Mistica in just under six minutes and Ryback squashed two local wrestlers in just over a minute.
Also, it needs to be mentioned that Santino Marella beating Ricardo Rodriguez in a tuxedo match was not just a waste of time but devalued the importance of the U.S. title even more. Also, Brodus Clay beat David Otunga by countout but that was a preshow match, so it is excused.
- The Tag Team Division
The Truth is injured, so there was no tag team title match on the card. However, there was a four-way for the No. 1 contenders role and that was won by The Prime Time Players (Titus O’Neil and Darren Young) when A.W. turned on Primo and Epico to help them pick up the win.
- Lower Title Matches
The Intercontinental title match was a great one with Christian beating Cody Rhodes after around 11 minutes with a spear. Now, it is time to see if they elevate Rhodes into the main event scene. The Diva’s title was also defended and Layla beat Beth Phoenix with a neckbreaker.
- World Championship Matches
The World Championship opened the show and Sheamus defeated Dolph Ziggler with a Brogue Kick after 15 minutes. While Ziggler lost, he continues to prove he deserves to be in the world title picture. The WWE title was defended successfully as well as CM Punk pinned Kane with the GTS in a match that also included Daniel Bryan. That match lasted about 18 minutes.
- The Main Event
The fact that neither world championship match was the main event shows what is wrong with this PPV. In a steel cage match, John Cena beat The Big Show by escaping the cage first. However, the win was due to people that Show had beaten up recently running down and interfering. Those names include Brodus Clay, Kofi Kingston, Zack Ryder, Santino Marella and Alex Riley. After the match, Cena hit the AA on Laurinaitis through the announcers table after Vince McMahon fired him.