Review: WWF-WWE No Way Out 2002 DVD

February 28, 2011 by Brett Mix

Brett Mix’s- WWF No Way Out 2002 Review:

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“Hey YO!” -Scott Hall

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No Way Out (2002) was a wrestling (PPV) event produced by the Federation. (WWF). The event took place on Sunday, February 17th, 2002 in front of 15,291 fans at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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-The fourth annual No Way Out.

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-The biggest storyline for No Way Out 2002 was when Mr. McMahon revealed that he would unleash the New World Order (nWo) upon the World Wrestling Federation in an attempt to “kill (his) creation”. Ever since he had become (kayfabe) equal ownership partners with Ric Flair in November 2001 (after Survivor Series), he had gone to great lengths to try to undermine Flair, which led to the angle. McMahon promised that he would not bring the nWo in if Flair agreed to sell his fifty per cent stake in the WWF back to McMahon. Flair refused to sell, leading McMahon to reveal several vignettes over the next several weeks with Hogan, Hall and Nash, the three original members of the nWo in WCW, appearing as McMahon’s hired guns.

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-DDP (c) defeated The Big Bossman by DQ at 3:19 to retain the European Chapionship on Sunday Night Heat before the event.

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-Jim Ross and Jerry Lawler did commentary.

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Now onto the PPV…..

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Segment 1-

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The New World Order Arrives:

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The nWo get a great pop, especially Hogan.

Hall, Nash and Hogan stand in the ring and cut a promo to begin No Way Out in style. Nash speaks first, then Hall, then Hogan who got the biggest ovation obviously.

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They essentially say in so many words they are marks and here to help, and are not the bad guys which remained to be seen.

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1) Opening Contest- The APA vs Lance Storm and Christian vs Scotty 2 Hotty and Albert vs The Hardy Boyz (With Lita) vs The Dudley Boyz (With Stacy Keibler) vs Billy and Chuck in a Tag Team Turmoil Match

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We start off with Scotty and Albert against Storm and Christian.

Scotty 2 Hotty and Lance Storm to be exact. A roll-up by Scotty and then in comes the Hip Hop Hippo, remember him.

Christian runs in and Albert sends him on a giant swing. Storm off the ropes catches a big boot to the face.

Storm with a high boot but Albert sends him outside of the ring. Storm with a front facelock trying to isolate Albert in their corner but Christian and Storm hit a double clothesline. Albert just able to make the tag.

Scotty back-drops Storm to the outside. Christian looking for the un-prettier and recieved a martial arts kick by Scotty. Albert came in and crashed into the corner. Storm and Christian hit a double clothesline on Albert. Scotty now goes for the Worm on Christian but Storm tries a thrust kick.

Christian hits an un-prettier on Scotty. Storm held back Albert.

Third team came out and it is the Hardyz!

Jeff Hardy and Matt re-united come to the ring to a loud pop. Matt takes it to Christian right away slamming him hard to the mat. Storm coming in the ring stomps on Matt.

Storm with a jaw-breaker to Matt. Christian tagged in and he goes after Matt.

A chant for Lita comes out. Matt elevated Christian up and hit a hot shot on the ropes. Matt able to see his brother as he tagged in Jeff Hardy.

Side Russian Legsweep to Storm, a nearfall as Christian interupted the count. Inside the ring, Storm with a half-crab to Jeff Hardy. Matt interupts and goes for a side effect. Storm caught his own partner by accident.

Trist of fate by Matt, then the Swanton Bomb by Jeff Hardy. Now Christian and Storm are gone.

Dudleyz and Stacy come out.

Hardyz and Dudleyz go at irt right away. Five time tag champs the Hardyz are against the six time tag champs the Dudleyz as of this time, both teams were not strangers to each other.

Jeff Hardy off the ropes and a powerslam by D-Von Dudley. Bubba then irishwhips Jeff Hardy and brings him down. Bubba with a leg-lock on Jeff Hardy until Matt interupted the submission combination.

Bubba comes in and scoops up Jeff Hardy slamming him hard to the mat. Bubba off the top is distracted by Matt, Jeff Hardy with a lowblow and off the top rope, Jeff Hardy attempted a superplex by Bubba.

Bubba Ray Dudley landed on his rear on the mat as Jeff Hardy moved out of the canvas. Matt hits Bubba with a ddt. Matt sent to the corner with a boot to D-Von. Matt with a leg-drop off the top and then Jeff comes in and hits a dropkick to Bubba.

Combination offense by the Hardyz to Bubba. Matt waiting for a twist of fate on Bubba but Stacy grabs Matt by the hair, Lita then got on Stacy. Bubba with a big shot to Matt. Matt then got Bubba but ended up in a Bubba Bomb. Lita off the top hit a hurricanrana to Bubba.

Jeff Hardy now with a summersault senton to Bubba on the concrete.

Matt rolls up D-Von and the Dudleyz are gone. D-Von gives Matt a cheap-shot before he left.

Both Dudleyz then 3-D;d Jeff Hardy on the floor as the Dudleyz and Stacy walk to the back.

Hardyz are in trouble here.

Billy and Chuck are out next.

Matt unloading on Billy and Chuck with some offensive strikes and Matt clotheslines Chuck.

Chuck Palumbo with a big thrust kick and then the Fameasser and Billy eliminated Matt Hardy.

So now it is down to two teams. The APA and Billy and Chuck.

Bradshaw and Billy brawl on the outside.

A big shoulder block from Bradshaw to Chuck inside the ring, out of the corner Palumbo gets one on Bradshaw. Chuck then irishwhipped ducks a clothesline but Bradshaw has him scooped in the air hitting a textbook fall-away slam.

A tag into Farooq and both guys shoulder-block Chuck. Both Billy and Chuck get back on the offense and take it to the APA both inside and outside the ring.

Gunn stomping on Farooq. Billy with a reverse chinlock. Farooq fires back and then off the ropes he runs into a hard spinebuster by Simmons. Bradshaw wanted a tag in as the fans applaud.

We have seen some very good tag team action during this turmoil match. Bradshaw with a high boot to Chuck and then a clothesline in both corners to Palumbo sending him out to the floor.

A clothesline to hell by Bradshaw to Gunn.

In the end at 14:05 the APA were the survivors of the tag team turmoil match making them the winners and will head to Mania.

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This opening match was delivered extremely well. Amazing pace for a near fifteen minute match.

Highly entertaining.

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*** 1/2

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2) Rob Van Dam vs Goldust

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An interesting match here. Heel Goldust and a red-hot RVD.

Both men had different styles that was for sure but both guys could work for sure.

Rob Van Dam comes out after Goldust.

Rob Van Dam attacked by Goldust immiedately and then Goldust slams RVD face-first off the apron.

RVD with spin kicks to Goldust and then rolling thunder gets him a nearfall. He looked for a leap-frog but Goldust elected to duck out and use the top rope to roll out of the ring. Goldust says he has had enough of this match.

Goldust recieves a leg-drop off the apron.

King and Ross get into American Pie quotes some how during this match. Pretty funny. Goldust drives his knee into Van Dam. Goldust with big shots to the face of RVD. Goldust drives RVD down and then sends RVD to the buckle hard.

A stiff european uppercut to Van Dam. Goldust with more and more slaps to RVD. Crowd still chant for RVD. Goldust with a unique rear chin-lock holding him back against the turnbuckle padding. Goldust scoops up both legs of RVD and now he catapolts RVD back and he was hung out to dry and he torks the back of RVD leaning backwards.

Goldust with a knee-drop onto the chest of RVD. Goldust goes to catapolt RVD into the ropes hitting him with a stun gun and then he layed back on RVD hurting his back to perfection with his strategic wrestling hurting the back of Van Dam.

A Camel Clutch putting more pressure on RVD and his lower-back. Goldust drops his body-weight on RVD.

Goldust then back to the sleeper wearing down the quicker and more agile Rob Van Dam. Fans still chanting his name.

Van Dam with a monkey flip getting him back in the match and a spinning heel kick off the top. RVD scoop slams Goldust and hit rolling thunder again and once more gaining a nearfall. A long two.

Goldust then got hit with the five star frogsplash.

In the end at 11:06 RVD was declared the winner.

This match was excellent. Great pace, highly entertaining for the time it got.

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*** 1/2

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3) Tazz and Spike Dudley (c) vs Test and Booker T for the WWF Tag Team Championship

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Test begins working over Tazz. Tazz met Test coming in with a high boot, and he had to get it high to reach the leverage advantage of Test with a bit boot and a clothesline.
Spike is tagged in hitting a missile dropkick on Booker T, then threw Booker out of the ring.

Test looks to powerbomb Spike but he rolls out and then Test re-gains the momentum pounding away on Spike with hard rights and lefts.

Booker T tagged in as Test holds Spike in the air and he comes by with a scissors kick. Booker T and Tazz push each other away. Booker T chops Spike over and over again. Booker then clotheslines Spike down. Booker T tags in Test who takes Spike lightly, Test slams him down.

Spike spears Test with a a headbutt in the abdomen. All of the sudden Spike tries a Dudley Dog but is pushed off by Booker T.

Booker T with a scissors kick and a Spinnerooni. Booker T almost got the three on Spike but Tazz broke it up. Booker T sets up Spike Dudley up high and then Spike tried a huge tornado ddt and Booker T dropped him at the same time.

Both men want a tag.

Tazz in as is Test and Tazz runs over both heel team members. Northern Light Suplex by Tazz and now Test goes for a big boot but Tazz ducks.

Booker goes for Tazz who Test is holding but he ducks and Booker T is sent to the outside.

Tazz looked for the Tazzmission on Test and then he was sent aside. Spike looked for the Dudley Dog and was sent to the outside. Test slammed Tazz down got a nearfall and then tried to pin him using his legs on the ropes for additional leverage.

The official pushed Test into Tazz after being provoked and Tazz choked him out with the Tazzmission.

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In the end Spike and Tazz retain the titles at 7:17.

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This match was very solid.

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** 1/2

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4) William Regal (c) vs Edge in a Brass Knuckles on a Pole Match for the WWF Intercontinental Championship

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These guys had a series of PPV matches at Vengeance in December of 2001, then again at January 02s Rumble card, now here in February of 2002 at No Way Out. Regal stole the IC title with the power of the punch or so he said.

So now we get a unique stipulation match here.

The match is not started officially as both mens hatred gets the best of each other as they brawl outside the ring.

Back inside the ring it starts as both men hear the bell and brawl inside the ring now. Edge tried to climb the pole but Edge grabbed him.

Edge sends Regal to the turnbuckle, he turned around leaping off but still caught a dropkick by Edge. Edge sent Regal into the crowd and kicked away at him.

Edge climbs back in the ring and goes for the Knucks but instead hits a mid-air dropkick to William Regal and a nearfall, but Regal rakes the eyes.

William Regal turns Edge over and then another go-behind and a shot to the abdomen.

William Regal then stun-gunned Edge upside down on the ropes and stomped away on Edge taking out his feet which was smart considering what makes you the winner in this match.

A nice abdominal stretch by William Regal here. Regal sucks is chanted, a hiplock take-over by Edge takes William Regal to the outside of the ring. Edge with a golden oppurtunity to climb the pole.

Edge is shoved off the top turnbuckle by Regal. Regal sends Edge into the barricade.

Regal comes back in. Edge is bleeding from the mouth.

A modified STF, The Regal Stretch locked on Edge.

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Fans all get oh the side of Edge.

Regal keeps it locked in and wants to retain his title.

Edge tried to reach for the ropes. William Regal gets a nearfall on Edge after a powerslam.

Both men crash and burn off the apron to the floor as Regal botched a powerbomb Edge off the apron, Edge kicked the legs out on Regal and William Regal looked to get the worst of that exchange.

Both these guys taking a lot of stiff bumps in this one.

Edge slowly gets back in the ring and bleeding from the mouth he is slowly climbing in dramatic fashion. Fans chant Edge but Regal tried to get back in it. Edge and Regal punch back and forth and a hard left hand by William Regal the South Paw, and Regal has the Knucks.

Edge with a side superplex off the top though and both men fall down.

The Knucks are loose on the canvas!

Edge holding his ribs gets a spear on Regal off the ropes! Edge grabs the Knucks and cusses but Regal with his own pair from his trunks layed out Edge and William Regal gets the WIN!

In the end at 10:25 Regal retained the title after he out-smarted Edge.

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This match was very stiff and an enjoyable match to their series.

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*** 1/4

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5) The Rock vs The Undertaker

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The Undertaker and The Rock going to get it on here.

Taker as Booger Red and Rock obviously very popular in this time period.

Rock with a sloppy swinging neck-breaker, Ross says he did not get as much as he wanted. The Undertaker drops his boot on The Rock. The Undertaker choked Rock out on the middle rope.

The Undertaker has Rock in the corner and lays him out with some punches and then a hard elbow to the face.

Ross says Undertaker has turned it into a sadistical methodical pace, Rock fired back with right-hands and The Undertaker hits a vicious side suplex.

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Taker gets a nearfall on Rocky.

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The Undertaker then applied a rear chinlock to the great one.

Rock then driven head-first into the steps.

Rock goes for an elbow after gaining momentum back into this match.

Ref takes a bump and Taker grabs a pipe.

Ric Flair chopped The Undertaker.

Undertaker with a high boot to Flair.

Rock has a sharpshooter on The Undertaker. Vince then runs to the ring and distracts the official and Rock grabs Vince in the ring and lays the Smackdown! on McMahon.

The Undertaker lifted up Rock but caught a pipe to the head.

Rock Bottom to Taker.

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In the end at 17:25 The Rock defeated Undertaker.

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This match was slow in parts but picked up near the end.

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** 3/4

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6) Triple H vs Kurt Angle with Special Referee Stephanie McMahon and the Winner going to Wrestlemania to compete for the Undisputed Title

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Kurt Angle and Hunter go at it.

Fans want Steph to take her shirt off.

Steph is bumped off the apron.

This was around the time where HHH divorced Steph and him and her over-shadowed Angle, Jericho and everyone else which was stupid.

Angle stun guns The Game on the other side.

Angle chops back at Hunter slamming his head into the apron.

Both these guys went at it at the 2001 Royal Rumble and that turned out to be a fantastic contest. A big reverse elbow off the ropes and Angle gets a nearfall on the Game.

HHH pushed to the corner and the crowd is hot on Angle, HHH sends him into the corner and stomps him down to size.

Kurt Angle runs into a boot, but Angle hits a belly to belly suplex. Angle again with a belly to belly overhead making it three, Hunter kicked out all three times says Tim White, Angle is furious.

Angle drops rights on Hunter.

Hunter shoots pack on Kurt, these were the final two men in the 2002 Royal Rumble.

Hunter caught in a headlock by Angle.

Hunter gains momentum and hits Angle with a face-buster and then a high knee-drop Harley Race like but Angle kicks out at two.

HHH chases Angle outside the ring.

HHH hit Angle with a neck-breaker and the official is down.

Hunter is hit with a german now that the official and Stephanie are both down. Angle is ready with a Steel chair, the Game Ducks it and goes for the Pedigree and gets it. Hunter covers Angle and White rolls in the ring but Stephanie elbows Tim White.

Stephanie kicks him out o fthe ring.

HHH glares at Steph.

HHH goes for a Pedigree on Steph, he reversed it into an Angle Slam on HHH.

In the end at 14:40 Angle defeated Hunter.

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This match was pretty entertaining throughout.

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7) Main Event- Y2J Chris Jericho (c) vs Stone Cold Steve Austin for the WWF Undisputed Championship

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Stone Cold Steve Austin looking for the title, I believe this was his last Championship match in his entire career.

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Chris Jericho flips off Steve and he flips him off back.

Jericho backed out of the corner as Austin smiled. You can tell Steve was starting to lose his steam around this time but considering how bad his body went through hell in 2001 during that god-like run he was in pretty amazing condition.

Jericho hammered away on Austin until he flipped him over the top rope.

Jericho leaped over Stone Cold and ran into a reverse elbow. Austin chops Jericho in the corner. Austin relentless in the corner with chops, not stopping.

Stone Cold Steve Austin slamming Jericho head-first into the top turnbuckle and the fans WHAT after each one.

Stone Cold Steve Austin then did so in the middle turnbuckle, and the bottom. Austin slammed Jericho in the corner and hit a clothesline.

Stone Cold Steve Austin with a snapshot vertical suplex. Steve working well here, on fire actually.

Another snap-suplex. Austin with more hard chops to the chest of Jericho which is now kool-aid red.

Austin with an irish-whip and now the neck of the Rattlesnake is left vulnerable as Jericho hits a swinging neck-breaker. Jericho hits a reverse elbow, but Austinc lotheslines Jericho out of the ring and then spears him into the corner.

The match is back and forth.

Attitude Era Brawl begins as they battle through the entrance.

They go to the No Way Out Stage and get some of their moneys worth and then Stone Cold Steve Austin puts Jericho into the security railing.

Stone Cold chopping Jericho with a front facelock and a superplex off the top.

Stone Cold Steve Austin had great workrate here with three straight superplexes to Jericho off the top but a nearfall. Austin sends Jericho to the corner and chops the hell out of him.

Jericho though gains an edge and drops an elbow to Austin and chops him now in return. Jericho looked for the Walls but Austin used his leg-strength to free himself.

Jericho chokes out Austin in the corner turnbuckle. Jericho misses a lionsault, and still applies a headlock. Now a running bulldog to an extent and catches Austin with the Lionsault, but not enough so he hits another one, textbook but Austin kicks out.

Jericho catches Austin going for the Lou Thesz Press off the ropes as Austin had his tank empty and Jericho puts Stone Cold Steve Austin in the Walls of Jericho.

King wants Austin to tap out.

Austin gets to the ropes, Jericho goes for a chair, Austin unloads desperation rights and lefts. Austin sends Jericho to the ropes and spinebuster slams him on the title belt.

1…2..a kickout by Jericho, right shoulder, inches off the canvas.

Austin goes for a Stunner and Jericho plants him face-first into the belt.

The official is knocked to the outside, Austin had Jericho in the Walls, Austin hit the Stunner on Jericho after he got out and charged after him.

The nWo comes in and Austin knocks down Hall, Nash and Hogan!

Sooner then later Hogan, Hall and Nash take down Austin and the damage has been done. Jericho throws the official in the ring. Jericho covers Austin.

In the end at 21:34 Jericho retained the Undisputed title and is going to Wrestlemania.

The nWo sent the message.

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This match was GREAT, much better then I remembered.

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*** 1/2

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Final Rating for WWF No Way Out 2002 = 7.5/10

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This show had a lot of hype for a No Way Out because of the debut of the nWo in the WWF which a lot of people wanted to see. Some good to great matches on the card made this consistenly a solid PPV event. HHH-Angle, the main event were solid. There was nothing bad on the card, everything was average to good to great all night long. Solid thumbs up here.

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4 Comments left on this article...

Reply to Jay Karia

 

  1. Jay Karia says:

    The rock/undertaker match was excellent.

  2. gavinotts says:

    its scary to say nxt year this event is 10years old lol keep them coming brett

  3. Dennis says:

    i remember at the time thinking it was weird seeing all those guys on wwf programming again..

  4. william says:

    This could have been a hell of alot better of a show not saying it was bad but rock taker hhh angle and austin y2j could have been better plus undercard not so good

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