Friday, 25 May 2012

WWE Over the Limit 2012 Review

Over the Limit took place last Sunday at the PNC Arena at North Carolina State University. I have been looking forward to some of the matches on the card so will I be happy with the results? Let's take a look.

In the pre-show match, Zack Ryder took on Kane in a match that should have happened months ago due to Kane single-handedly tripling Ryder’s health insurance premiums. Early on, Kane gets sent to the outside and Ryder begs the referee to count. Ryder goes for the RoughRyder but Kane reverses it into a sidewalk slam. Ryder tries again for the RoughRyder but Kane gravs him and performs a Chokeslam to get the victory. It was a decent match but I didn’t think Ryder had a chance. Saying that, it would be nice if they develop this story further but they probably won’t.
Winner: Kane                                                                                      Predictions: 1 for1

Backstage, Cody Rhodes and Santino Marella are still arguing over which Championship is better. Therefore, Eve Torres decides to settle the dispute by having a people power battle royal in which the winner will challenge either for the Intercontinental Championship or the United States Championship. Right...I don’t see how this settles the argument. Wouldn’t a match between the two make a lot more sense? You know what, fuck it. Let’s focus on the battle royal, which is next...? Doesn’t the PPV start in about ten minutes?

The Inaugural People Power Battle Royal was next featuring David Otunga, Tyson Kidd, Alex Riley, The Miz, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, William Regal, The Great Khali, Heath Slater, Titus O’Neil, Darren Young, Ezekiel Jackson, Jinder Mahal, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Curt Hawkins, Michael McGillicutty, JTG, Yoshi Tatsu and a returning Christian. The match starts in the pre-show then goes into the PPV. I don’t think I have ever seen a PPV start with a match in progress. It’s a bit weird and I think WWE did it to encourage more people to buy the PPV. Anyway, the match goes quite quickly with some of the highlights being the Usos eliminating JTG with a double superkick; and Khali eliminating Reks and Hawkins before getting eliminated himself by Young, O’Neil and The Miz. The final five were Christian, Miz, Alex Riley, David Otunga and Tyson Kidd. Miz eliminates Riley;  then Otunga and Miz eliminate Kidd then team up to take on Christian. Christian fights back and eliminates Otunga. Miz tries to tae advantage by almost eliminating Christian. They both end on the apron and Christian spears Miz off the apron to get the win. Christian then implies that he will challenge Santino. I guess that we will have a new United States Champion.
Winner: Christian                                                                                            Predictions: N/A

The PPV officially starts with the Tag Team Championship in which Kofi Kingston and R-Truth are challenged by Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler.  Lawler decides to spend more time talking about Vickie Geurrero’s dress then doing his job, which is, you know, commentating. Swagger and Ziggler wear down Truth  before Kingston gets the hot tag. Kingston hits a crossbody and Swagger stops the pin. Ziggler then hits the Fameasser and Truth stops the pin. Kingston hits the Trouble in Paradise on Ziggler, giving him and Truth the win. This was a fun match and great performances by Ziggler and Kingston.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth                                                  Predictions: 2 for 2

Next was the Divas Championship as Beth Phoenix challenges Layla and this could be a good match.  Beth starts to attack Layla’s surgically repaired knee and puts her in a one legged Boston crab. Layla reverses a Gorilla Press Slam into an armbreaker to get back some momentum. Eventually, Beth goes the Glam Slam, which is reversed into a roll up, which Beth reverses into another roll up, which Layla kicks out. Layla then hit the Lay Out to get the win. This was a good Divas match and  it shows how good they can be. On a side note, no Kharma? Boo!!
Winner: Layla                                                                                     Predictions: 3 for 3

The World Heavyweight Championship was defended  in a fatal 4-way between champion Sheamus, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio and Chris Jericho. Sheamus and Orton attack  Jericho and Del Rio before wrestling each other. Del Rio and Jericho team up to attack first Orton then Sheamus. Jericho stops Del Rio pinning Orton ending that alliance and the match continues with Sheamus being stopped from taking part in the match. Sheamus gets back into the match and wrestles Del Rio for a while before Jericho gets involved. Orton goes on a hot streak then Del Rio puts him into the cross armbreaker, which Jericho breaks up. Jericho hits the Codebreaker on Orton then Jericho gets put in the cross armbreaker  which Jericho reverses into the Walls of Jericho. Sheamus stops Del Rio from tapping out. Jericho then puts the Walls of Jericho on Sheamus. Orton stops that with a RKO to Sheamus then Del Rio. Sheamus hits Orton with the Brogue Kick then hits Jericho with the White Noise to get the win the retain the World Heavyweight Championship. This was a really good match with so many highlights.
Winner: Sheamus                                                                                Predictions: 4 for 4

Backstage Cody Rhodes is talking to Eve Torres saying that Christian will legitimatise the United States Championship by beating Santino Marella. Rhodes goes on to say that he would have beaten Christian if he had faced him. Christian overhears this and decides to challenge Rhodes instead. Wait, so is that Christian making a face turn? I liked Christian as a heel asking for ONE...MORE...MATCH for the World Heavyweight Championship. I guess he’s going to postpone that for now.

Next we have The Miz (the Most Must-See WWE Superstar in Miz-tory) taking on Brodus Clay. Miz decides to start dancing before being interrupted by Clay’s music. Miz tries to get some momentum but Clay keeps on coming back to destroy Miz. Miz finally starts to wear down Clay. Clay makes a comeback and hits the Fuck Funk It to get the usual win for Clay. Afterwards, Clay celebrates in the ring with some kids. Er..yeah, that’s it really.
Winner: Brodus Clay                                                                          Predictions: N/A

The Intercontinental Championship is on the line as Cody Rhodes is challenged by Christian. The match goes back and forth with Rhodes hitting a Moonsault. Christian sends Rhodes into the turnbuckle then hits the Killswitch to get the win and become the Intercontinental Championship for the fourth time. This was a good match and congratulations to Christian.
Winner: Christian                                                                    Predictions: N/A

The next match was someone that I think a lot of people were looking forward to, the WWE
Championship match between CM Punk and Daniel Bryan. Punk starts to focus on Bryan’s left knee before Bryan  gains some momentum. Both guys are going for submission moves and counters and Bryan applies a Springboard on Punk. Punk does a Fisherman’s Suplex but Bryan kicks out and then Bryan later on does a flying headbutt. The match goes back and forth with Punk applying a Figure Four Leg Lock, which Bryan gets out of by reaching the rope. Punk goes for the GTS but Bryan reverses it into a roll up. Punk does the knee to the face then attempts the bulldog. However, Bryan reverses it into the LeBell Yes Lock. Punk reverses it into a roll up, which gives him the win. However, just when the bell rings, Punk starts to tap, creating a questionable ending. The match was, without a doubt, the match of the night and at the minute, one of the leading contenders for LDW Match of the Year. I hope that we have a rematch between the two as this could be a tremendous rivalry.
Winner: CM Punk                                                                   Predictions: 5 for 5

After a backstage segment involving David Otunga, Eve Torres and Laurinaitis’ bitch Teddy Long, we get Camacho getting squashed by Ryback.  No, wait, hang on, I’m being too presumptive. Camacho might have a chance. Camacho attempts a suplex but Ryback reverses it into a reverse suplex. Camacho actually gets Ryback down on the floor. This is when Ryback starts to fuck up Camacho. He does a Spinebuster followed by a Powerbomb then the Muscle Buster to get the win. It’s good to see Ryback go from random Jabronis no one gives a fuck about to random low level wrestlers that no one gives a fuck about.
Winner: Ryback                                                                       Predictions: N/A

The main event is between John Laurinaitis (did you know that he’s the Executive Vice President of Talent Relations and the GM of both RAW and Smackdown?) and John Cena.  As soon as the bell rings, Laurinaitis tries to bolt it but Cena catches him and  proceeds to beat the shit out of him. This continues for a good 5 minutes including a fun bit where Cena does a bit of commentary. Cena then announces that he is going to put Laurinaitis in the STf and he’ll let go if Laurinaitis can survive ten seconds. Laurinaitis does so Cna does it again then pours water all over Laurinaitis then uses a fire extinguisher on him. Laurinaitis tries to escape him and Cena grabs him. Laurinaitis slams Cena’s arm against the barrier then proceeds to keep on attacking Cena’s arm with a steel chair. Cena grabs the chair and attacks Laurinaitis with it. Laurinaitis eventually leaves through the crowd and Cena decides to not chase after him. Suddenly Big Show turns up dragging Laurinaitis to the ring. Cena puts Laurinaitis in the STF but Show hits Cena with the WMD. This gives Laurinaitis the opportunity to pin Cena and get the win. This was actually a fun match which didn’t drag too long. With Show now turning heel, it would be interesting to see where we go from here.
Winner: John Laurinaitis                                                        Predictions: 6 for 6 J J

I really enjoyed this PPV. All of the matches worked well and I thought the two World Championship matches were fun. And the best bit, for the first time ever, I got all my predictions right JJJJ. Anyway, I’m looking forward to see where they go from here leading to No Way Out.

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