No Way Out (2008) was the ninth annual No Way Out professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by International Wrestling Entertainment (IWE). It took place on February 17, 2008 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. It starred wrestlers from Meltdown, Fusion and XCW brands.
The event featured six professional wrestling matches on the card. The event starred wrestlers from the Meltdown, Fusion and XCW brands –storyline expansions of the promotion where employees are assigned to wrestling brands under the IWE banner. Wrestlers portrayed either a villainous or fan favorite gimmick, as they followed a series of events which generally built tension, leading to a wrestling match.
The next match was the Fusion!/XCWElimination Chamber match between Martin McAlmond, Jesse Dern, Keith (with Matt Striker), [[Dan Hooper, Reg Hageman and Mikhail Schmalzried. Dern and Martin McAlmond were selected to start the match. McAlmond gained control of the match early after tossing Dern over the top rope onto the chamber's steel surface. In the ring, both men were knocked down by hitting a big boot to each other. The third entrant, Keith, then entered, and dominated both Martin McAlmond and Jesse Dern for some time, until Dern hit him with a massive Spinebuster, and then Martin McAlmond hit a DDT onto the steel floor of the chamber. Dern capitalised and pinned Keith to eliminate him. The fourth entrant was The Reg Hageman, who also dominated upon entering, but was eliminated when he submitted to Gogoplata submission hold. The fifth entrant was Dan Hooper, who gained the advantage over Jesse Dern by tossing him into the steel chains of the chamber, and over Martin McAlmond delivering a Celtic Cross to him. Dan Hooper also slammed Martin McAlmond's head into the bullet-proof glass of the one of the pods and breaking it, and also causing Martin McAlmond to start bleeding. The sixth entrant, Mikhail, was attacked by Martin McAlmond when his pod was opened. Mikhail used a steel chain as a weapon on the other three competitors, until he climbed to the top of a pod. Martin McAlmond followed and delivered a chokeslam to Mikhail from the top of the pod onto the ring,which caused Mikhail the match as Finlay pinned Mikhail and eliminated him. Later, Hornswoggle passed a shillelagh to Dan Hooper from under the ring, which he used on both Jesse Dern and Martin McAlmond. He was soon eliminated by Martin McAlmond who pinned him after a Chokeslam from inside the ring onto the steel floor of the chamber. The final two men were Jesse Dern and Martin McAlmond. Jesse Dern gained advantage after delivering a thunderous Jesse Bomb, But Martin McAlmond kicked out which led to Jesse Dern tossing Martin McAlmond into the chamber's steel chains.Martin McAlmond however, retaliated and countered a powerslam attempt on the outside, bringing both men in, and delivered a devastating Tombstone Piledriver and pinned Jesse Dern, winning the match and earning a World Heavyweight Championship match at IWE WrestleMania XXIV, which he also went on to win.
The third match was a "Career threatening" match between Ric Flair and Mr. Kennedy. In this match, had Flair lost, he would have had to retire from professional wrestling. Throughout the match Kennedy worked on Flair's injured leg, but in the end, Flair was able to trip Kennedy into a Figure four leglock, forcing Kennedy to submit. Thus, Flair won the match and avoided retirement.
The next match was a World Heavyweight Championship match between Rey Mysterio and the champion, Edge. Throughout the match, Edge worked on Mysterio's injured biceps, which affected Mysterio's offense. Mysterio, however, was able to retaliate as he hit a Tornado DDT on Edge for an unsuccessful pinfall attempt. Later in the match, Mysterio hit Edge with a 619, but failed to capitalize due to his biceps. He then tried to hit Edge with a Springboard Splash, but Edge speared Mysterio in mid-air, and pinned him to retain the title. After the match, The Big Show made a surprise return to the company, where he cut a promo on his recent weight loss (over 108 pounds) and future plans of becoming a champion again. After doing so, The Big Show began to taunt professional boxerFloyd Mayweather, Jr., who was in attendance and Mysterio's close friend. As The Big Show threatened to give Mysterio a chokeslam, Mayweather jumped over the security wall and entered the ring to confront The Big Show. The Big Show then got on his knees to allow Mayweather to punch him, which Mayweather did with a combination of punches, which caused The Big Show to bleed from the nose and mouth. Mayweather and his crew fled the ring, and then through the crowd, where Shane McMahon stopped The Big Show from chasing them.