No Way Out, Inevitability just canít escape
Itís the final PPV before Wrestlemania and after this weíll know at least two of the Smackdown matches at Wrestlemania 22, so I better get on with the preview hadnít I?
World Heavyweight Title: Kurt Angle v The Undertaker
You know what I wish theyíd made this the main event for Smackdown at Wrestlemania. The pair are guaranteed to put on a good match and Vince could have gone way over the top with the special effects for Undiís entrance and itís a match we havenít seen too much of in recent years. But no, itís the main event of what is virtually a Wrestlemania semi-final and itís almost totally overshadowed by the Orton v Mysterio match.
This isnít your everyday WWE match as itís face v face though I canít understand why they turned Angle face and surely this was a chance to turn Undertaker heel. Well, thatís Vince and his talented writers decision, so is Undertaker about to become champion? Sadly no, the nightmare here is that Mark Henry is on his way down to the ring (heís probably starting around now) to interfere and set up his match with The Undertaker at Wrestlemania, canít wait for that one, NOT! So Angle is going to retain his title here thatís for sure, but who does he face at Wrestlemania?
Number One Contender match: Rey Mysterio v Randy Orton
If the rumours are right then this is a pointless exercise. Angle is likely to be defending against both these two in a triple threat match at Wrestlemania. That probably means Orton gets a more than dodgy win at No Way Out and then Theo gives Mysterio a title shot out of sympathy. The whole build-up to this has been rather tasteless to say the least with the use of Eddie Guerreroís name constantly and in a way that makes me sick to the bottom of my stomach. I go for Orton to win.
US Title: Booker T v Chris Benoit
The US Title may have a storyline and a continuing feud but itís been more than farcical thanks to Bookerís injury. How can he allow Orton to get wins which make him champion and then let Finlay defend his belt? I wonder what Batista is thinking of all this after he had to give up the World title due to injury. I fear for Booker as The Boogeyman is after him and the thought of a feud with him must scare any pro wrestler. Will Boogeyman worm his way into this match tonight? I think he just might do that and I go for Benoit to get the title at No Way Out
Tag Titles: MNM v Matt Hardy and ?
Donít get your hopes up because the Hardy Boyz reunion is not going to happen this weekend if ever. At least this represents a slight boost for Hardy even if it means his singles run is over. Who tags with him? Animal is an odds on shot Iím afraid. Will they get the titles from the impressive MNM? I donít think so but I see this feud running till Wrestlemania by which time Animal could be in the Hall of Fame.
Cruiserweight Title: Gregory Helms v the rest of the cruiserweight division
Why canít we just have a one-on-one feud for this belt? The big question is whether Kid Kash will be able to wrestle, the other question is does anyone really bother who wins? The Cruiserweight division has potential but itís just too confusing at present. I go for Helms to retain the belt and hopefully set up a proper feud with either Nunzio, Kid Kash or Paul London.
Lashley v JBL
So JBL stumbles along and Lashley wonders if he is going to get a big push. I donít think either are destined for great feuds in the coming months. JBL is over-exposed and Lashley is just another big strong guy. I go for JBL to get a dodgy win and carry the feud onto Wrestlemania.
Hopefully the match on Heat might give Burchill a chance to show what he can do. This isnít a bad card but thereís an air of inevitability hanging over it, go on Vince remember NYR and give us a shock!