No Way Out was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event, produced every February by the professional wrestling promotion, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). The event was created in 1998, with its inaugural event produced as an In Your House event in February of that year. The event in 2000 was rebranded as an annual PPV event for WWE. To coincide with the brand extension, the event was made exclusive to the SmackDown brand in 2004. In 2007, to follow the format of WrestleMania, all PPV events became tri-branded. The supposed final event was held in 2009, with Elimination Chamber replacing No Way Out in 2010 until the event's return in 2012.
During its time, the event had been held in two countries: the United States and Canada. It had been held in eight U.S. states and one Canadian province, where every event has been held in an indoor arena. Each event featured talent from WWE competing in various professional wrestling match types. Seven championship matches have taken place in the main event during its run.
Professional wrestling is a non-competitive professional sport, where matches are prearranged by the promotion's writing staff, and is also considered an athletic performing art, containing strong elements of catch wrestling, mock combat, and theatre. Each PPV event features several professional wrestling matches that involve different wrestlers from pre-existing scripted feuds and storylines. Wrestlers are portrayed as either villains or heroes in the scripted events that build tension and culminate into a wrestling match or series of matches.
No Way Out dates and venues
|In Your House 20: No Way Out of Texas||February 15, 1998||Houston, Texas||Compaq Center|
|No Way Out 2000||February 27, 2000||Hartford, Connecticut||Hartford Civic Center|
|No Way Out 2001||February 25, 2001||Las Vegas, Nevada||Thomas & Mack Center|
|No Way Out 2002||February 17, 2002||Milwaukee, Wisconsin||Bradley Center|
|No Way Out 2003||February 23, 2003||Montreal, Quebec||Bell Centre|
|No Way Out 2004||February 15, 2004||Daly City, California||Cow Palace|
|No Way Out 2005||February 20, 2005||Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania||Mellon Arena|
|No Way Out 2006||February 19, 2006||Baltimore, Maryland||1st Mariner Arena|
|No Way Out 2007||February 18, 2007||Los Angeles, California||Staples Center|
|No Way Out 2008||February 17, 2008||Las Vegas, Nevada||Thomas & Mack Center|
|No Way Out 2009||February 15, 2009||Seattle, Washington||KeyArena|
|No Way Out 2012||June 17, 2012||East Rutherford, New Jersey||IZOD Center|
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|1998 • 2000 • 2001 • 2002 • 2003 • 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2012|