What you didn’t know about No Way Out

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May 23, 2012

After a three-year absence, WWE's No Way Out returns on June 17, live on pay-per-view.The last time the WWE Universe laid eyes upon No Way Out, the calendar read Feb. 15, 2009, and the notion of any chant, let alone a Daniel Bryan-inspired one, usurping “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s long-ubiquitous “What?” was little more than a distant fantasy.

More than three years removed from that date, however, and No Way Out is set to return to pay-per-view on June 17 in East Rutherford, N.J. Despite its long recess, the event’s return is an occasion for celebration and, perhaps, a little reflection.

After all, outside of the tent-pole four pay-per-views (WrestleMania, SummerSlam, Survivor Series and Royal Rumble), No Way Out is perhaps the most storied event on the 2012 lineup. Since 1998, the year of No Way Out’s inconspicuous birth as part of the In Your House series, the event has taken place 11 times, skipping only 1999, 2010 and 2011. This year marks the first time No Way Out, historically a February event, is held in the summertime. 

Besides its recent absence and In Your House origin, though, what’s so special about No Way Out? Plenty, actually.

To reacquaint the WWE Universe with this time-honored event, WWE.com examines a few of the most memorable matches and historical footnotes that made No Way Out stand out from the pack.

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