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The February 9th, 1998 episode of Raw was the go-home show for the upcoming No Way Out (of Texas) pay-per-view, due to be headlined by an unsanctioned 8-man tag featuring Stone Cold Steve Austin, Owen Hart, Cactus Jack, and Chainsaw Charlie taking on D-Generation X.
As it turned out, Hbk’s nagging back injuries prevented him from wrestling on the show, and he was replaced by…Savio Vega. Yeah. Even so, Raw slid the chess pieces firmly in place ahead of WrestleMania, further heightening the feud between Austin and Dx, while the show’s remainder was comprised of the usual mix of hilarious, weird and lame that defines just about any Attitude Era episode of Raw.
And with the release of Sunny’s porno, Sunny Side Up, this week, what better time to consider all the sad difference that 18 years can make?
Here are 29 Wtf moments from the February 9th, »
- Jack Pooley
When viewers last saw AMC's The Walking Dead, the situation was dire and on the verge of violence. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Andrew Lincoln discussed the show's upcoming dark turn, Rick's changing leadership style, and more.
"I will say that five of my favorite episodes in a long time — and very different episodes — are in this back eight."
Lincoln also touched on what Episode 609, "No Way Out", has in store for Rick Grimes and company:
"[Showrunner Scott M. Gimple] and the writers have done a very smart thing in that they’ve thrown a lot of propositions and questions and challenges to Rick and the family and the community, and you will quickly realize they are answered in a very shocking, brilliant, terrifying, epic way. All I will say is this is our Magnificent Seven, »
- Derek Anderson
For 20 years, sandwiched between the two biggest Pay Per Views of the year, Royal Rumble and Wrestlemania, stands the February Pay Per View. From 2000 until 2009 (plus 1998), it was called No Way Out. From 2010 until 2014, it was called the Elimination Chamber. Last year and this year, it’s now called Fastlane.
The February Pay Per View is a lot more interesting than the September Pay Per View because the writing team is still in its creative peak as they build the Road to Wrestlemania. Stakes are pretty high for a non-big four Pay Per View. A major theme involves the Royal Rumble winner putting his Wrestlemania title shot on the line, which happened at the 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, and 2015 editions of the February Pay Per View (the Rumble winner was actually going for the championship at the 1997 and 2008 editions). Interestingly enough, only Shawn Michaels in 1996 and Roman Reigns in 2015 successfully defended their title shots, »
- Justin Seagull
For 11 years, No Way Out was the final pay-per-view stop on the road to World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania. Home of some extraordinary matches and moments that have been indelibly etched in the memories of those who watched them, the event was must-see broadcasting for fans as WWE marched toward the biggest event of its calendar year.
Unfortunately, the event disappeared from the schedule, replaced by a show devoted to the Elimination Chamber match. It was a disappointing end to a show with such tradition and history behind it. An event that featured extraordinary wrestling matches, monumental returns and the first hints of what fans could expect from the Showcase of the Immortals, No Way Out was one of the signature events during WWE’s hottest period as a company.
Now, some seven years after the very last incarnation of the event, we relive the 12 matches and moments that helped define the event. »
- Erik Beaston
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