Sunday, May 20, 2012

WWE Over The Limit 2012 Results and Recap



A few short weeks after the WWE got Extreme on PPV, the company returns to go Over the Limit, this time at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. The main storylines of the show include Daniel Bryan attempting to take the title from CM Punk and John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis, in a pinfall or submission only contest. No contracted WWE superstar/employee can interfere on Johnny's behalf or they will be fired and if Johnny's loses...he will be terminated. Now that the stage is set, let's to ringside...



YouTube Pre-Show
Zack Ryder vs. Kane


You will all have the pleasure seeing Operation Bury Ryder for free tonight. Remember a few months ago when Kane's abuse of Ryder cost him his U.S. Title and his would-be gal Eve? Remember when Kane's constant assaults on him cost him his push and he never got his comeuppance, as the angle turned into Kane-Cena? Well, don't expect Ryder to get revenge or his push back on track (unfortunately).

RESULT: 
Kane pinned Ryder after the Chokeslam

Well it is always good to see Ryder and this was free, so I guess you get what you pay for. At least this was not a squash and made Ryder look somewhat strong against the monster. But has Ryder even won a singles match in 2012?



Now on to the matches you needed to pay for...




 People Power Battle Royal
Winner decides to battle for IC or US Title on the PPV


More like a Jobber Battle Royal! This was announced during the  Pre-Show . Due to their bickering all week on Twitter about whose title is more prestigious, Eve and David Otunga decide to hold a battle royal, where the winner decides to either challenge Santino Marella for his U.S. Title or Cody Rhodes for his Intercontinental Title. Participants: Great Khali, The Miz, JTG, Michael McGillicutty, Tyson Kidd, Yoshi Tatsu, Ezekiel Jackson, The Usos, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, Titus O'Neill, Darren Young, Alex Riley, David Otunga, William Regal, Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, and the returning Christian!

RESULT: 
Christian eliminated The Miz...and decides to go for the U.S. Title

If you blinked, you missed it...so this was hard to keep track of eliminations. No biggie though as most participants were jobber fodder anyway. The best was during the end with Otunga, Miz and Christian as the final three.




WWE Tag Team Championship Match
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger


It's not a surprise that the WWE finally put a tag team title match on a PPV, but it is surprising that Swagger and Ziggler are the challengers. Unless the direction is to have heel champs again, Truth and Kingston should retain. Given the recent push of heel teams such as Titus O'Neill and Darren Young as well as the AW being in the corner of Primo and Epico with his new stable, anything other result seems illogical. Maybe a loss here will FINALLY get Ziggler to be rid of Swagger to focus on singles work again.

RESULT: 
Kingston pinned Ziggler after the Trouble in Paradise.

Ziggler definitely was the highlight of the match as he "steals the show" every time. This contest was no difference, so unsure why the "#ShowOff" had to eat the pin over Swagger - who is completely useless at this point. Result was as expected, but it was a decent tag match, which is hard to find in the WWE nowadays.





WWE Divas Championship Match 
Layla (c) vs. Beth Phoenix
Looks like the surprise return at Extreme Rules was not the anticipated Kharma, but Layla formerly of LayCool. Seems like everyone was disappointed since Layla has generated zero reaction from the fans since her return. Layla can actually wrestle, but putting her into a spot where Khama was expected only watered down her long-awaited return from injury. See no reason here why Layla does not drop the belt back to Phoenix only to have Kharma show up and challenge one of these days.

RESULT: 
Layla pinned Phoenix after the neckbreaker.

"We Want Kharma!" chants started early and continued throughout most of the match, so the WWE fans know what they want in the Divas Division...and hopefully the company will wake up soon and deliver. This was the best Women's match in a long, long time, so Layla definitely shows her worth to the division. Surprising win and it will be interesting to see where the WWE goes with her from here.



BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Matt Striker interviews Randy Orton and is interrupted by Jericho, who verbally insulted Sheamus and him. Jericho claims he will be the seven-time champ after their match. Orton disagrees.




 Four-Way WWE World Heavyweight Championship Match
Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho vs. Alberto Del Rio

Sheamus has transformed into a complete bore since they put the strap on him and that's unfortunate since he's such a likable guy. Now that Bryan has moved on to bigger pastures, Sheamus was quickly thrown into a program with Orton, Jericho (who is on his way out to tour with Fozzy) and Alberto Del Rio, whose star has burnt out since his failed push. Don't see Sheamus dropping the belt here as he and Orton should continue a more intense feud moving into the summer.

RESULT: 
Sheamus retained after pinning Jericho after White Noise.

Definitely better to have Orton be a tweener at this point and Sheamus on top of Smackdown is allowing that to happen. Not bad, but it should have been a better match given the four great stars, which was apparent as they were losing the crowd during many moments. Yet, the many false finishes made up for the the match's low points and got the fans into it towards the end.



BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: When Cody Rhodes tells Eve how good of a U.S. champ Christian will be and how he will legitimize that belt again, Christian interrupts him to tell him "he's full of crap" and that he is going to go after the IC Title instead. FACE TURN for Christian...who got a huge reception when he won the battle royal.




 Surprise Match 
"The Funkasaurus" Brodus Clay vs. The Miz

Another PPV, another surprise Funkasaurus match. Wonder what's going to happen here? Just kidding - think we all know. Take it to Vegas that the Miz Job Express continues down the card.

RESULT: 
Clay wins via pin after the body splash.

Miz comes down to the ring and states he is a better dancer than Clay, then proceeds to do bootleg Michael Jackson dance moves. It was actually pretty hilarious to see Miz goofing off like that. This was a glorified squash. Crowd not really into it, so WWE should put the Funk into a legitimate angle soon before the novelty wears off.







WWE Intercontinental Championship
Cody Rhodes (c) vs. Christian


Looks like People Power helped "Peep-le Power" come back in full force. After the huge reaction he received after winning the battle royal to open the show, Christian seemingly has turned heel by going after Cody Rhodes for his title.

RESULT: Christian wins the title by pinning Rhodes after the Killswitch

Good match by both excellent performers and it was the right move to turn Christian face again, because people cheered him way too much for a heel. It just never worked no matter how hard the WWE tried to get people to hate him. You can tell this was truly an emotional moment for Christian to come back from a nasty injury and win a title. because real tears were in his eyes. Giving him the belt will help strengthen the midcard as Rhodes is probably on his way to a world title run.





BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Punk is backstage and talks about how injured Kane is. He also mocks Vince McMahon for hating that Punk and Bryan are on top even though they are from the indies. Out of nowhere, AJ walks up to Punk and gives him creepy, googily eyes thus continuing the angle started on Friday's Smackdown.





 WWE Title Match
CM Punk (c) vs. Daniel Bryan

 
YES...YES...YES! The match we were given for free on WWE TV a couple of times in the recent past is now part of the big event on a PPV. Expecting a 5-Star match between these two competitors, so hopefully they will deliver. Their contest has the potential to upstage the last two great matches between Punk and Jericho on consecutive PPVs. Either way, Punk doesn't need the belt at this point because he is totally over and the belt might help Bryan further establish himself as the real deal. However, it's a win-win for either man at this point no matter the outcome. Wonder how the AJ angle is going to be worked in here?


RESULT:
Punk retains title rolling on Bryan while in the YES Lock.


This one was actually worth 6 Stars! Really enjoyed the crowd battle of "Daniel Bryan!"..."CM Punk!" They played up the injuries from Punk at the hands of Kane very well and put on a pure wrestling clinic as expected. And real wrestling matches are hard to come by nowadays. Must be a great feeling for two guys coming up together through the indies to be in a world title match on a PPV in the big leagues. Weird finish means that we are in store for more matches between the two in the near future and that's good news for everyone.


  BACKSTAGE SEGMENT: Teddy Long is smiling and tells Eve and Otunga that if Johnny L. loses and is fired, he can see them getting terminated as well.




 Surprise Match
Ryback vs. Hunico


And yet another surprise match with Goldberg...oops Ryback. RYBACK SMASH AGAIN!


RESULT:
Ryback, DUH!


"GOLDBERG!" chants are unleashed by the unimpressed fans as usual. Why did this nonsense follow the title match? Is the WWE trying to tell us something, like here's your next champ? Boring squash for an uncharismatic musclehead.






Main Event
John Cena vs. John Lauriniatis


As mentioned in the opening, this is a pinfall or submission only contest. No contracted WWE superstar/employee can interfere on Johnny's behalf or they will be fired and if Johnny's loses...he will be terminated. It seems like it is going to be a walk in the park for Cena, but they can't remove Johnny from office at a B-level show. Everyone expects the recently-fired Big Show (trying to do anything to get his job back) or Brock Lesnar (who kayfabe quit) to help Johnny win, since they are not contracted WWE employees at this point of the storyline. So that is probably is going to be what happens, but time will tell.

RESULT: 

Johnny pins Cena after Big Show hit him with the WMD

As predictable as the sun rising tomorrow, Cena embarrassed and toyed around with Johnny until Big Show came out and double-crossed him. This should not have been the main event over the WWE Title match.







FINAL VERDICT:


While they were not at the apex of Miami and Chicago, the Raleigh crowd was really into the PPV and gave it some needed atmosphere until they peetered out at the 3/4 mark. OTL was a surprisingly good PPV considering the card. The Divas and Tag Match were enjoyable to kick things off after the battle royal. It was also great to see Christian return tonight in which looks to be long term this time. The Punk-Bryan clinic was a classic with interesting looking new submission holds we have seen from either man in the WWE up until now. This should have been the main event, not the predicable Cena match. Overall, the card really overachieved its potential until the last contest, so the WWE needs to stick Cena down the card if not just by a notch and leave the title matches as the main attractions. Still though, it is not like you should feel you threw your money away if you ordered or attended this one.










3 comments:

J. Astro said...

I've never understood pushing Christian as a main eventer. He's at best a solid mid-carder for me and works best in tag matches. :\

I also feel old as hell for not even knowing who several of the guys on this list are. And why the hell do you pay for a giant monster like the Great Khali if all you're going to do is job him out in nothing matches for years at a time?

This is why I don't watch wrestling anymore. Plus, as much as I used to love Kane, it's like c'mon dude... nobody buys your act anymore.

*sigh*

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Yes there has been an influx of new talent in the past few years and yes Kane has been involved in the two worst angles of 2012...and that's saying A LOT. But Christian is best as a midcarder and turning him back face and giving him the IC titles was a good move, especially since he has been out with a legit injury since 2011.

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