Top critical review
good but some shocking matches as well
on 19 December 2007
One month prior to wrestlemania 20,no way out occured,a totally smackdown brand event,this event relied heavily on storylines which started weeks earlier to give the event added hype and interest.
The events first two matches were patchy enough so the signs werent good on that basis,the opening match had scotty 2 hotty and rikeshi in a handicap match against the basham brothers along with shaniqua who is no ordinary woman,she was bodyslamming like a good one.The match was sludgy and not that captivating and passed without rasing any pulses.
The next match came with vast hype,jamie noble had previously 'blinded' his girlfriend nidia after he saw her as money grabber,when she revealed that for months she had faked the blindness it was decided that they should fight and that he should be blindfolded and so it was,the match was poor with a novelty value stamped to it that tried to gain laughs and frolics,nidia creeping up behind jamie and kicking him in the behind and so on,thankfully it doesnt last long but it certainly stopped the flow of this,oh yeah the event hadnt really got going yet,could the next match make up for things?Yes!
The worlds greatest tag team,once known as team angle,benjamin and haas against the APA,this match was lively and forceful and pleasing so all good there then.
Next up was hardcore holly against rhyno,this wasnt that memorable but contained some good moments,holly performed well here and ryno huffed and puffed his way through but did his reputation no real harm,not a classic but not really a filler.
Next up was the cruiserweight title match between chavo and rey mysterio,this was a fiercely fought contest with yards of scientific wrestling,skill and intent,this match flew by and contained more thrills than all the previous matches put together.
Next up was a triple threat match with the winner getting a title shot at the following months wrestlemania,we had john cena vs the big show vs kurt angle.This was another good match with three men wanting the prize at stake with all they had,it didnt last that long but didnt waste any moments of its time,the ending was good and paved the way for the main event nicely.
The main event was an epic,in fact it was half a hour long,the champ lesnar who was leaving the company shortly after against eddie guerrero who waited so long for this moment.The match was packed with ability,for long parts of the match eddie looked outclassed,brock was one of the industries great powerhouses who also could wrestle any way you wanted him too,watching him being locked in figure four leg lock and pulling eddie along the ground was something i could barely believe ,it was the way he did it that impressed.The match was filled with close calls,some blood,refs flying in knocked out stance,everything,packed to the rafters with ability,guile and heart and in the end a winner was found and what a way to end this event.
It has always been my view that RAW was and is better than smackdown and that didnt change with this event which had to be dragged kicking and screaming to its eventual greatness,look no further than two months after this and the all RAW event backlash for proof of that,but in saying that this event has some classic matches but certainly some poor stuff,3 stars and not a star more.