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No Way Out 2009 was a professional wrestling pay-per-view 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.

Aftermath

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 in the head. When Raw GM Stephanie McMahon came out to check on her brother's condition and confront Orton, he hit 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.

Reception

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.

Results

Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
(c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
  • If JBL had won, he would have become the owner of Michaels' name and likeness. If Michaels won, he would be free from JBL and receive a full payout with benefits.

Elimination Chamber Matches

Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (SmackDown)

Elimination # Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move
1 Edge Jeff Hardy Pinfall with a small package.
2 Vladimir Kozlov Undertaker Pinfall after a Last Ride.
3 Big Show Triple H Pinfall after a Superplex from Undertaker, Pedigree from Triple H, and a Swanton Bomb from the top of a cell from Hardy.
4 Jeff Hardy Undertaker Pinfall after a Tombstone Piledriver.
5 The Undertaker Triple H Pinfall after a Pedigree.
Winner: Triple H


Elimination Chamber entrances and eliminations (Raw)

Elimination # Wrestler Eliminated by Elimination move
1 Kane Rey Mysterio Pinfall after a seated senton from the top of a cell.
2 Mike Knox Chris Jericho Pinfall after a Codebreaker.
3 John Cena Edge Pinfall after a Codebreaker from Jericho, 619 from Mysterio, and a Spear from Edge.
4 Chris Jericho Rey Mysterio Pinfall after countering the Walls of Jericho into a straddle pin.
5 Rey Mysterio Edge Pinfall after a Spear.
Winner: Edge


Other on-screen talent

Commentators
Interviewers
Ring announcer
Referees

See also

DVD Release

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