Coming off a red hot Rumble, the trend continues here with No Way Out. Opener was a fun CF as in all the craziness, Big Show leaves the new Hardcore Champion. IC Fatal-4 Way was awesome as all four men brought their A-Game with Jericho retaining the title. Trish/Stephanie was a surprisingly fun match that sees Stephanie win thanks to William Regal. Now we get to utter awesomeness with one of the greatest and sometimes forgotten matches of all time, the 2 out of 3 falls match. Austin and HHH just absolutely destroy each other for 40 incredible minutes and HHH defeats Austin 2-1. Richards/Lawler was a decent match as Richards wins and we bid farewell to the Kat and Lawler, though we would see the latter later in the year. Tag Title Tables match was very good as the Dudleyz retain against E&C and the B.O.D. Main Event time as Rock and Angle put on a great title match and Rock regains the title, setting up the epic rematch for WM between Austin and Rock. Overall, this has to go down as one of, if not the greatest secondary show in WWF history. 2001 has gotten off to a rocking start and it looks to continue with WM X-7, which I am greatly looking forward to as that is my favorite show of all time.
A fantastic show from top to bottom with the awesome Austin/HHH match and the tremendous Rock/Angle match standing out from the rest. I especially dig the WWF title match simply because it allowed Angle to get a little more of an edge. The ankle lock spot with Angle screaming at Rock to tap or be crippled is great stuff. Always nice to see Angle going nuts.
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Post by 666thegame666 on Nov 4, 2013 3:01:59 GMT -5
One of my favorite PPV shows of all time that includes my favorite match of all time. Show and Raven is your typical hardcore match its eh and I feel the hardcore division is really starting to loose luster. 4 Way match is fucking awesome 4 really great workers in what might be the first great 4 way match in WWF history. Steph and Trish have a surprsingly good match for 2 women who are not that good in the ring. HHH and Austin deliver a classic 45 minute match which is my favorite match of all time my #1 and #2 guy do battle in the first 3 Stages Of Hell Match and boy its fucking epic. Richards and Lawler is trash nuff said. Tag match is eh just a match. Rock and Angle is a great main event with Rock winning his 5th WWF title in 2 and a bit years I guess that shows how meaningless the titles are at this point. Big Show has a random run in that never made sense at all. Overall a great PPV show with 3 really great matches.
1. Big Show def Raven *½ 2. Chris Jericho def X-Pac, Chris Benoit and Eddie Guerrero ***½ 3. Stephanie McMahon vs Trish Stratus **¼ 4. Triple H def Steve Austin ****¾ 5. Steve Richards def Jerry Lawler *½ 6. Dudleyz def E&C and Kane and Undertaker ** 7. Rock def Kurt Angle ****¼
Post by dregenrockwell on Nov 4, 2013 5:40:38 GMT -5
This is definitely one of the finer secondary shows the WWF has ever produced.
The hardcore free-for-all is passable, but is then gazumped by an excellent IC 4-way. Steph and Trish have a great brawl for 2 then-non-workers before an epic 3 stages of Hell war. Austin and the Game go at it for 45 minutes in a pulsating match which has instant rewatch value. Considering the plans for next month, Austin losing clean is a surprise.
We come back down to earth with a thud with the RTC and Kat/Lawler fued, which would prove to be the last time we'd see the King for quite a while. The Undertaker's oversized ass was wedged into the tag picture for no real reason, as it didn't do anything to raise the match. Finally, The Rock won back the big strap in an excellent match with an inevitable finish.
An excellent set up show for arguably the WWF's finest night ever.
Kind of an unusual show in that the overall show itself is excellent, but it somehow has managed to slip through the cracks and become something of a forgotten classic. Before rewatching the show, I really had only 2 distinct memories of No Way Out 2001: Trish Stratus and Stephanie McMahon brawling all over the place, and an incredible 3 Stages of Hell match between Austin and HHH. But there was a lot of other good stuff here too... I think putting the Brothers of Destruction in the tag title hunt for a little while helped legitimize the other teams by putting them up against two top card guys... Everyone in the IC title match worked their asses off, but with this group you wouldn't expect anything less... And while putting the Big Show into the Hardcore division may be fun, Big Show should realistically be holding that belt til the end of time instead of trading it back and forth with guys half his size... All things considered, a great show and one well worth watching.
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Post by lifelongwwefan on Nov 4, 2013 19:53:39 GMT -5
Viva Las Vegas with No Way Out and such a Great PPV all around. The opening Hardcore Title stuff is good way to kick things off. An awesome 4-Way for the IC Title that never stops or has a dull moment. Stephanie & Trish have a surprsingly good Match and Regal's involvement added to it. Stone Cold Steve Austin and Triple H have the MOTY though I really thought Austin should have won since was going to Wrestlemania. King & Steven Richards have a decent Match and we say goodbye to King (for now) and The Kat. A good Triple Threat Tables Match follows with the Dudleyz keeping the Tag Titles against the Brothers of Destruction and Edge & Christian. The Rock wins back the WWF Title in a very good Match with Kurt Angle to set up the showdown with Austin at Wrestlemania 17. Bring on X-7!
NWO 01 was an overall good show, we see the last appearance of the King for awhile, Mania 17 now has an awesome main event with Rock & Austin, and there would be 1 final surprise the week before Mania 17 that probably no one would ever thought would happen.