In the next edition of the Old School Review, we go back to the beginning of 2003 at a time when the WWE was approaching the first anniversary of the Brand Extension. But this event marked the return of one of the biggest stars of the infamous Attitude Era, and one of the biggest return matches between two industry icons . With WrestleMania XIX quickly on the approach, this event return to the Bell Center in Montreal, Quebec for the first time since 1997. The recollection of this event is mixed, it had good and bad moments so it’ll be interesting to see it again after all this time. So, here we go with the…
Old School Review: No Way Out 2003
We go straight to No Way Out, a RAW and SmackDown production with a cracking theme song that is amazing. We then go inside the arena, with a red hot Montreal crowd. Our RAW commentators for the evening are Jonathan Coachman and Jerry Lawler who welcome us to the show. We then head to the ring for the first match of the evening as the references to the Montreal Screwjob begin…
Chris Jericho vs. Jeff Hardy
Jericho makes his way to the ring first, soon followed by Jeff to an amazing reaction. The match is pretty good, with Jericho being in control of lots of the action. There are a couple of nice moments and near finishes from Jeff but he is ultimately unsuccessful after he submits to the Walls of Jericho. Nice opening match, needed more time though. Afterwards, Christian and Shawn Michaels become involved, the later of which to a terrible reaction. Michaels then takes out Christian and Jericho to the annoyance of the crowd whilst Jeff has seemingly disappeared.
Match Rating: 3.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Kurt Angle with Team Angle, who goes on a rant about Canada in an effort to prepare them. He does this well, and generates him a lot of heat with the fans. We then go to the parking lot, where Evolution is shown arriving at the arena before the camera pans to Stone Cold’s pickup truck in the background. We then return to the arena for the next match of the evening.
World Tag Team Championship: William Regal and Lance Storm (c) vs. Rob Van Dam and Kane
RVD and Kane make their way to the ring first, to nice reactions before Storm and Regal then make their way to the ring. Regal suffers an injury in the first few minutes of the match, and is visibly disorientated. This leaves the action down to Storm for a few moments with some nice spots from RVD. The end of the match comes after Kane’s mask is messed with by Lance Storm, causing him to inadvertently choke slam RVD allowing Storm to pick up the win. So-so match with a nice finish.
Match Rating: 2.0 out of 5.0 Stars
We go backstage to Josh Matthews talking to Matt Hardy about his weight loss for his match before seeing Jeff Hardy and giving him a little bit of abuse. This causes Jeff to slap him before walking off. We return to the arena with our SmackDown commentators for the evening, Tazz and Michael Cole.
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Billy Kidman (c) vs. Matt Hardy (w/ Shannon Moore)
Both competitors make their way to the ring, and the action soon gets underway. Matt is fairly dominant over Kidman, with the match continuing at a nice pace. After several minutes with Matt in control, Matt is able to pick up the win and capture the championship following a Twist of Fate. Good match but instantly forgettable.
Match Rating: 1.5 out of 5.0 Stars