WWE NO WAY OUT 2004
San Francisco, California
February 15, 2004
Results thanks to: steveswrestling.com
Rikishi & Scotty 2 Hottie (WWE Tag Team Champions) vs. The Bashams with Shaniqua
Scotty and a Basham had a botched exchange in the opening minute. Rikishi tagged in right away and beat up both Bashams and then yanked Shaniqua into the ring. He set up an early Stinkface attempt, but the Bashams made the save and Shaniqua bailed to ringside. Doug went for a headbutt on Rikishi, but it hurt him and not Rikishi. As Jim Ross would say, Doug didn't read the scouting report on Rikishi. Scotty went for the Worm, but Shaniqua stopped it. After the Bashams beat on Scotty, they tagged in Shaniqua. Scotty eventually backdropped Shaniqua and hot-tagged Rikishi. Rikishi set up a Stinkface at 6:45, but the Bashams dropped him off the top rope backward. Shaniqua made the cover and scored a near fall at 7:00. Rikishi made a comeback and gave Shaniqua a Samoan Drop. Then he did the sit-down splash for the three count. Rikishi even went to the trouble of making sure Shaniqua's arms were not under the ring ropes.
Jamie Noble vs. Nidia
Jamie Noble Blindfolded
Right as the match was about to begin, Noble put the hood over his head and immediately dove at Nidia. Nidia stepped aside and then punched Noble. Noble yanked off his mask and complained to the ref. When Noble put the hood back on, Nidia dropkicked him in the head. Noble kept taking a quick shot at Noble and then diving out of his path. Noble had Nidia backed in the corner and almost reached out to touch her boobs, but he turned away at the last second. Nidia then yanked down his shorts revealing white boxer/briefs. Noble pulled his pants up right away. Nidia then sent Noble flying to the floor. Nidia celebrated. When he reentered the ring, Nidia walked behind him and made funny gestures, then gave him a kick to the butt. Then she ducked down and tripped him. Tazz complained that Noble is a world class athlete and doesn't deserve to be humiliated. Noble got a hold of Nidia by the hair at 3:30. He yanked out a wad of her hair. Nidia came back with a boot to Noble's head. Then she went to the top rope. Noble stuck a peek by lifting his hood and then pressed her to the mat. The ref didn't see. Noble then applied a chokeout and Nidia tapped out immediately. Tazz defended Noble's cheating as taking advantage of an opportunity.
APA vs. Shelton Benjamin & Charlie Haas
Cole asked Tazz if longtime San Francisco promoter Roy Shire ever imagined "an event of this magnitude at the Cow Palace." He continued his imitation of Mike Tenay by bringing up that Pat Patterson headlined so many events in that arena. Bradshaw's right arm was wrapped. Benjamin and Haas worked over Faarooq's left arm starting at 2:30. . Faarooq hot-tagged in Bradshaw at 5:45. He tossed Haas over the top rope and then gave Benjamin a Powerbomb. Haas made the save. Haas tossed Faarooq into the ring post. Bradshaw gave Benjamin his Last Call overhead slam. Haas interfered, but got nailed with the Clothesline from Hall. Benjamin then blindsided Bradshaw with a sidekick for the win. Bradshaw sold that his arm was in great pain after the match.
Rhyno vs. Hardcore Holly
The match started with nice intensity, including a brawl in the aisle and some hard chops in the ring by Holly. Then they settled in a pretty slow paced, low impact mat-based match that led the director to go to Spanish commentary briefly just to shake things up. Holly made a comeback with a dropkick at 7:00. He then hit an inverted DDT at 8:00 for a two count. Rhyno came back with a Spinebuster, which prompted Tazz to compare him to Arn Anderson. Rhyno then hit the Gore which woke up the crowd. Holly came back with the Alabama Slam out of nowhere for the win.
Rey Mysterio (WWE Cruiserweight Champion) with Jorge Paez vs. Chavo Guerrero, Jr. with Chavo Guerrero, Sr.
They built slow and steady. Rey hit the 619 at 4:30. When Chavo Sr. interfered, Paez KO'd him. The ref ordered Paez to the back. Rey nailed Chavo Jr. with a plancha. Rey scored a near fall at 6:00. Rey schoolboyed Chavo for a near fall at 6:15. Chavo made a comeback with a backbreaker off the ropes at 7:00. Chavo began working over Rey's back. Chavo applied an abdominal stretch. Chavo shifted to a single-leg Boston crab at 9:00. The announcers did a nice job explaining the holds and actually paying attention to them. Rey hit a surprise sunset flip for a near fall at 10:15. Chavo came back with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker. Rey made a comeback with a wheel kick to Chavo's face at 12:00, then sent Chavo into the ring post shoulder first. Rey hit Chavo with a reverse Russian leg sweep then went for a cover at 13:15. Cole took all the drama out of it by screaming, "Rey's going to get him, this is it!" Of course, announcers never call finishes correctly ahead of time. Rey hit a DDT onto the ring apron as he leaped to the ground. Nice move. He scored a two count. When he went for a springboard body block, Chavo moved, then gave Rey a sit out gourdbuster and scored a near fall himself. Chavo went to the top rope with Rey and ripped at Rey's mask. Rey elbowed Chavo to the mat, then hit a Moonsault for a near fall. Chavo put his foot on the bottom rope to stop the count at two. Chavo came back with a near fall himself at 15:45. Rey came back with his second 619 of the match. Rey then springboarded onto Chavo, but Chavo rolled through into a modified single leg Boston crab. Rey grabbed the bottom rope to break. Chavo waited until the ref's four count to break the hold. When Rey went to the top rope, Chavo Jr. distracted the ref and Chavo Sr. shoved Rey off the top rope. Rey clotheslined the top rope with his neck and then Chavo Jr. scored the pin.
John Cena vs. Kurt Angle vs. The Big Show
They listed Angle at 6-2, Cena at 6-1, and Big Show at 7-0. They added about three inches to both Angle and Show. Cena's height is close to accurate, because he's taller than Angle by an inch or two. Angle and Show had an intense stare down as Cena headed to the ring. Cena said: "Kurt thinks I hit him with a chair. This fool is out of his mind. I'm not the guy who's going to hit another guy from behind. I'm not your right hand, there's no way I could whack you. If I'm going to beat you, I'd come right up to your face and smack you. You want to know who knocked you out, here's a really big clue. He's 500 pounds, he smells like crap, and he's standing right next to you. Let's throw this whale back into the Bay and have him sleep with the fishes. This is no three way dance, this is me serving two bitches. No Way Out is my house, check the chain and the lock. There people will hang from words, you two can swing from my (blank)." A below average opening spiel from Cena. Show began against Angle as Cena looked on and reacted. Cena then went after Show as Angle observed. Angle and Cena then went face-to-face and exchanged some blows. When Show had Angle down after a sideslam, Cena broke up the pin attempt. Angle attempted to back suplex Show off the ring apron, but Show held onto the top rope. Cena ran into Show. Angle then gave Show a low blow from behind. Show fell to the ground, giving Angle and Cena a chance to fight. Angle rammed Cena's head into the stairs. Cena scored a two count on Angle at 5:00. Angle back suplexed Cena three consecutive times. Show then took over on Cena, tossed him around the ring. He stomped and rubbed his boot into Cena's sore knee. Cena sidestepped a charging Show, then came off the top rope onto Show. Cena then sold his knee giving out. Angle stepped into the action and covered Show for a near fall at 8:15. Cena recovered and gave Show an FU at 8:45. Angle then went for an Angle Slam on Cena. Cena escaped and dropped Angle to the mat. Cena crawled over to Show and covered him. Show put his foot under the bottom rope. Cena dove at Angle, but Angle ducked, so Cena landed on the floor. Angle gave Show an Angle Slam for a two count at 9:30. Cena reentered the ring and lifted Angle, but Angle slipped out and applied the Ankle lock. Show then chokeslammed Angle. Cena rolled Show for a convincing near fall. Show came back immediately with a Chokeslam. Angle then put Show in an Ankle lock just as Show went for the cover on Cena. Show screamed in pain. He powered out of the hold by twisting and kicked Angle off of him. Cena then gave Angle a Spinebuster. He followed with a fist drop. He set up an FU, but Show clubbed his leg out from under him. Cena collapsed and dropped Angle. Show then slammed Cena into the top turnbuckle. Angle went for a back suplex. Show elbowed out of it. Angle then lifted Show and dumped him over the top rope Angle-slam style. Angle then went after Cena with a stomp to his leg and a grapevine. Cena tapped out at 12:19. Cole said half of the main event at WrestleMania has been decided.
Brock Lesnar (WWE Champion) vs. Eddie Guerrero
The match began at 9:58 p.m. ET, leaving nearly an hour for the match if they choose to go long with the match. After some Brock bully-like facial expressions, they did a collar and elbow hook-up. Brock easily tossed Guerrero backward. Then he threw a series of kicks to his belly in the corner. Guerrero caught a charging Brock with an elbow, but Brock stopped Eddie's attempt at an offensive flurry. Eddie went for a head scissors off the top rope, but Brock caught him and spun him around and then released him. Tazz said Brock was treating Guerrero like a rag doll and dissecting him. Brock charged Eddie in the corner and hit him with a high knee. It looked painful. Tazz said he didn't think Guerrero was in Brock's class. Cole asked Tazz what Eddie's strategy could be. Tazz said he wasn't completing counting him out. Eddie staggered around ringside. He shouldered Brock and then yanked Brock's neck over the top rope. He dragged Brock's leg toward the ring post and wrapped it around it with force. Brock did a great job fighting it. Eddie rammed his leg again into the ring post at 5:45. Brock came back and settled into a chin lock. Eddie escaped at 7:45 with a drop down jawbreaker. Brock fired back with a vicious clothesline. They did a slo-mo to show the sweat flying off of their bodies upon impact. Brock smiled as the regained his composure and moved in on Guerrero with some kicks in the corner. Brock flew at Guerrero, but Eddie ducked and Brock landed hard on the floor. He grabbed at his knee. Cole and Tazz excitedly wondered aloud whether it could be the turning point in the match. Eddie began working over Brock's legs. Brock turned momentum briefly by dropping Eddie over the top rope. He scored a two count. He put his boot over Eddie's throat, then lifted him by the neck. Eddie turned the throat grab into a UFC-style reversal into a knee bar and then an STF. Great sequence at 12:30. The crowd screamed encouragement to Guerrero as Brock attempted to power out. Guerrero began to apply a figure-four, prompting "whoos" from the crowd. Brock kicked at Eddie to break the attempted submission. Lesnar struggled to get to his feet and then powered Eddie over his head with a belly-to-belly toss. Guerrero continued to work over Brock with some mat holds that slowed the match down a bit. Brock came back with a spinebuster at 18:15. Brock applied a chin lock and held it on despite Guerrero attempts to escape. Guerrero dropped Brock face-first into the middle turnbuckle at 20:00. When he flew off the second rope, Brock moved. Cole said fatigue had to be a factor now. Brock was bleeding from his nose. Brock squeezed Guerreros belly and yelled, "Die!" Eddie made a full-fledged comeback at 23:45 with some headbutt and a dropkick to Brock's knee. Cole wondered how he was doing it. He then dropkicked Brock in the back of his head. Brock then picked up Eddie coming off the ropes, but Guerrero turned it into a head scissors takedown. Brock powered Guerrero into the corner, but when he charged, Eddie moved. Guerrero kicked Brock in the gut and then went for his three unreleased vertical Suplexes. After two, Tazz wondered if he could do a third. He did a third. After working the crowd into a frenzy, Guerrero went for a Frog Splash. Brock moved out of his path and then went for an F5. Brock spun Eddie right into the ref. With the ref down, Brock went to ringside, grabbed his title belt, and brought it into the ring. Goldberg ran to the ring and nailed Brock with a Spear. "Where the hell did he come from?" asked Cole. Goldberg returned to the back laughing. After about 45 seconds, Guerrero went for a cover. Brock kicked out just before three. Eddie picked up the title belt and called for Brock to stand up. The ref was trying to regain his consciousness. Eddie swung the belt and missed when Brock ducked. Brock then kicked Eddie in the gut and went for an F5 on the belt. Guerrero reversed it and DDT'd Brock near or on the belt. Eddie then hit the Frog Splash for the win. Eddie dove into the crowd in celebration. They mosh pitted him briefly. Eddie held the belt in the air in celebration, then found his mother in the crowd. He hugged her. Eddie stood on the announcers table and saluted the crowd. Tazz said he didn't think anyone could beat Brock.