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The Most (Un)Predictable PPV Ever

The taste of victory.As the crowd gathered at the local bar last night before No Way Out began to air, one word could be heard bouncing from table to table: predictable.

We all just knew that the event would open with a boring ECW title defense by Jack Swagger, followed by HBK super kicking JBL, followed by Cena retaining, and finally Edge also retaining. No need to change titles at this PPV, let’s just shell out some quick money to the McMahons and move on to the big show in April.

Right? Wrong.

We were proven wrong the second we heard the familiar death bells of The Undertaker’s music. A bold move, indeed, to start the night off with what most people were sure would be the main event. That set the tone for the rest of the night.

We were shocked when Edge was eliminated immediately from the first match. But he managed to top that, in true Edge fashion, by forcing his way into the other title match – and winning! Edge always pulls stunts like this, and yet it’s always somehow new and innovative. For that, I applaud him, and the writers behind his schemes.

A quick run down of the mid-card matches:
– Jack Swagger and Finlay stumbled about the ring until Swagger came away with the title (sidenote: Finlay REALLY needs to ditch the midget, he’s lost credibility and has become hard to watch)
– Shane McMahon took some solid bumps (as usual) and Orton came away the victor (though, it was quite lame that the other Legacy members had to come out to give the assist – Orton should have had an easier time with Shane.. I mean, really)
– HBK super kicked JBL into oblivion, and another tired storyline was finally put to rest while we all gawked at Mrs. HBK

While it is true that the middle card matches were quite predictable, it didn’t really matter. By book ending the show with big surprises and great in-chamber action, this pay per view actually came to become one of the best I’ve seen in a while.

Highlight of the night: Cena’s elimination from the title match, where he took a Code Breaker from Jericho, followed by a 619 from Mysterio, and then a Spear from Edge. It all happened so fast, and the transitions between moves were so fluid – it was a thing of beauty.

Joshua Schlag

About Joshua Schlag

For most of the last 20+ years of my life, I've been watching WWE. As a kid, Monday Night Raw hooked me from the start. From Bret Hart and Razor Ramon, to Stone Cold Steve Austin and The Rock, to CM Punk and Daniel Bryan.. I've witnessed the ups and downs and I'm proud to have enjoyed pro wrestling through the years. Though I now watch in a much different fashion than I did when I was a kid (finding out Vince McMahon was the owner and Jack Tunney no more than a figurehead was like finding out Santa Claus did not exist), I feel like I have a much greater appreciation for the hard work pro wrestlers do and the things they sacrifice to entertain us. It's still real to me, dammit!

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