After such a great PPV last month, this one doesn’t look so hot. They’ve cooled off Brock Lesnar considerably and now, Johnny Ace is in the main event and John Cena is right back in the ring. The product is so cold, but as shown by Rock and Lesnar, can have hot moments. But they spend so much time trying to cool off those hot moments. It’s pretty laughable.
1. Jobber Battle Royal for a shot at the IC or US title
Okay, not all of these guys were jobbers. The returning Christian, Miz, and William Regal were in the match. I saw Tyson Kidd in there. The final three came down to Christian, Miz, and David Otunga. After eliminating Otunga, it came down to Christian and Miz and the ending was pretty predictable. Miz thought he won, but he didn’t, and Christian eliminated him.
Christian chose Santino.
2. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger vs. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
How do Ziggler and Swagger not have an official team name?
It was a very old school and traditional tag match psychology with tremendous athleticism. All four guys did a great job. Swagger and Ziggler had the heat on Truth forever. Hot tag to Kofi and all the high spots followed. Ziggler hit the Zig Zag and Truth broke it up. Truth did a dive over the top rope and Miz didn’t catch him. Just kidding. Ziggler ran towards Kofi and ate a Trouble In Paradise.
Winner: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth
3. Beth Phoenix vs. Layla
I’m still on my WWE PPV boycott for another month or so until they get their act together. Based on what I’ve read, it seems that Over The Limit was ok because of the one match I actually wanted to see; Randy Orton vs. Christian, which Orton won. According to what I’ve heard, it was an excellent match and one in which Christian teased going heel. His character has been awesome of late.
John Cena beat the Miz in the I Quit match after Miz tried to do what Rock did to Mick Foley in the late 90s by recording Cena saying I Quit and playing it off Alex Riley’s cell phone and into the mic. The referee figured it out, restarted the match and Cena made Miz say the words. Also, Bret Hart returned to help Jerry Lawler get Michael Cole to kiss his foot. It sounds like R-Truth’s match went well, which was very important to his standing as a new heel. The results are below.
Dark match: Daniel Bryan defeated Drew McIntyre
1. R-Truth defeated Rey Mysterio
2. Ezekiel Jackson defeated Wade Barrett
3. Sin Cara defeated Chavo Guerrero
4. The Big Show and Kane (c) defeated The New Nexus (CM Punk and Mason Ryan)
5. Brie Bella (with Nikki Bella) (c) defeated Kelly Kelly
6. Randy Orton (c) defeated Christian
7. Jerry Lawler defeated Michael Cole
8. John Cena (c) defeated The Miz (with Alex Riley)
Some have called it the worst WWE PPV of the year so far and while not bad, it’d be hard to disagree. Part of the reason this show was as average as it was had nothing to do with the matches. Some of it was just bad luck.
Here’s what we thought about the show:
Thumbs Down (leaning)
Best Match: The Hart Dynasty vs. Chris Jericho and The Miz
Worst Match: Randy Orton vs. Edge
Usually WWE deliver good main event matches, and thus no matter how bad the show has been up to that point, you go away feeling somewhat content. This was quite the opposite. I really enjoyed a lot of the early stuff. It was nice to see Kofi getting the big PPV win. Punk/Mysterio was enjoyable; even if it wasn’t some of their better work. And the tag title match was the highlight of the show for me.
Now, the second half of this show was an unmitigated disaster. Orton went down with the injury just as things were beginning to get going, and his match with Edge was waved off. Then Swagger/Show made it two non-finishes in a row. We had our usual worthless divas segment, and then a disappointing headliner. I have loved the Cena/Batista feud, but for me this was the worst match they have had. Not awful, just disappointing. I can’t say Over The Limit was a complete waste of time because of the 2 or 3 good early bouts, but if you didn’t see it you weren’t missing much.
Last month’s Extreme Rules left a lot to be desired for me. It was the first PPV following the great WrestleMania card and it fell flat. Because of that, I don’t expect much with Over The Limit, which seems to be mostly a rehash of the feuds from the last show. There will probably be some good matches, but already, just two months after Mania, many of these feuds seems stale.
1. Kofi Kingston vs. Drew McIntyre
I wish Christian was facing Kofi again from Smackdown a couple of weeks ago. That was a great match. I don’t have high hopes here.
You never want to hear the words “slow the pace down” when talking about an opener and that’s what Michael Cole just said Drew McIntyre is doing. What should we call the move where Kofi leaps crotch first onto the second rope while the guy is in the corner? Testicles corner punches?
It was an ok match, but pretty short. Kofi missed the Trouble in Paradise, got out of Drew’s Future Shock, and then hit the SOS for the pin. I didn’t expect him to win at all.
Winner: Kofi Kingston
Matt Hardy came out and hit a Twist of Fate on McIntyre. The match felt like a back drop. I have no idea what they’re doing with Drew McIntyre.
2. R-Truth vs. Ted DiBiase Jr.
Virgil is back! And this time in a suit!