The WWE Over the Limit 2011 pay per view takes place this Sunday night in Seattle, WA. Four WWE championships will be on the line on an event that will feature quite possibly the final chapter in the John Cena vs. The Miz saga.
The WWE has a big task ahead of them on Sunday night because on paper, this show seems more like a must-miss than a must-buy. Beyond overcoming what appears to be a real stale card even by house show standards, the WWE will be following arguably their most exciting show of the year in Extreme Rules.
The positive of this show over Extreme Rules 2011 is that you have a ton of fresh matches and feuds on this pay per view as opposed to the familiar matchups last month. Unfortunately while one main event has the potential to be an early Match of the Year candidate, the other has the potential to do the opposite. Okay I have put it off long enough, let’s take a look at some of the key matches at the second annual World Wrestling Entertainment Over the Limit pay per view.
I sit here a few days before the show racking my brain as to why anyone would feel the need to pay $50 to see this match again and I can’t come up with anything. Cena won at WWE Extreme Rules and won the rematch on the Rock Birthday RAW the following night. Plus, Cena got the better of The Miz this past Monday on RAW so if you can tell me a good reason to be excited for this match I’d love to hear it.
The plan is in place for Cena vs. Alberto Del Rio for SummerSlam 2011, so a title change would absolutely shock me here. I think this match is going to finish in a way that elevates The Miz as more of a tough guy, something the fans don’t currently see in the former champion. I am going with the easy pick here in John Cena, however I do think that somehow the finish of the match is the start of a babyface turn for The Miz.
On a side note, my co-host Jeff Peck at the Still Real To Us podcast brought up a really interesting scenario. Jeff noted that John Cena said “I quit” this past Monday into the microphone and brought up the finish of The Rock vs. Mankind I-Quit Match which ended with a tape played of Foley yelling, “I quit.” Jeff seems to think that the angle could be recreated on Sunday night resulting in The Miz walking out with the WWE championship. I like his thinking and thought it was a pretty interesting take on the turn of events from Monday’s WWE RAW.
Randy Orton vs. Christian for the WWE world heavyweight title – I don’t think I have ever been this excited for a Randy Orton match since his WrestleMania bout against The Undertaker. The championship match gives Christian an immediate rematch after dropping the belt to Orton on SmackDown. Even better, the WWE didn’t muck this one up with any ridiculous gimmick or dumb stipulation. We have a straight pro wrestling match for a world title and I love it!
I found my reason to buy this show as soon as this one was announced. For those of you who missed it, Orton and Christian had a heck of a match on SmackDown the week after Extreme Rules. The boys were given 15 minutes for television so I would assume they get more for a match that the WWE is selling you. If they had that great of a match on television, I can’t believe they would have anything less than a better match here. As long as the guys knew they were starting a feud, they saved their best for the pay per view bouts.
The quick title change to Orton sparked a huge outcry from fans on the Internet. Fans were irate that the underdog they have been rooting for finally got the title and had it taken away from him in two days in favor of one of the WWE’s usual suspects. I wrote a blog at the time warning people not to jump to quick conclusions because you don’t know where this thing is going to end up. Maybe Christian actually winds up with a bigger push? Well, I hate to say I told you so but I told you so because like Orton or not, wrestling him in a series of matches for the title is going to do a heck of a lot more for Christian than him keeping the title for four months and wrestling guys like Mark Henry and Wade Barrett.
Maybe it is the fan in me but I am really leaning towards a title change in this one. I think that this feud turns into one of those feuds where the title just bounces back and forth on a regular basis and for these two guys that is okay. I also think the recent drop in SmackDown ratings following the title switch will influence the decision here as well. The ratings have drastically dropped and I don’t think it is coincidence that it happened immediately after Christian lost the title.
I also want to say that I have a new found respect for Christian as a worker. I always thought he was solid but I never appreciated how good he really is. It was only one match but Christian brought more out of Randy Orton than anyone including Triple H, John Cena, Batista, CM Punk, and The Undertaker were able to do in many years. Now if they go out there and have a terrible match I may think differently, but after seeing that Orton vs. Christian SmackDown match I think Christian may actually be the best worker on the WWE roster.
Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth – R-Truth has become the new flavor of the month for the RAW creative team. Truth was one of the few guys to truly benefit from the shakeup following Edge’s sudden retirement. Truth has shot past The Miz (in my opinion) as the number one heel on RAW, thus making him the number one heel in the company. Quite frankly the last time I saw a heel pushed this well was the championship run Sheamus had from 2010-11.
R-Truth has to deliver the goods at Over the Limit if he wants to continue getting this big push. I think this is a huge test for him because anything less than a very good match with Mysterio will be blamed on Truth. I think it is fair to say that this is the biggest (bigger than Elimination Chamber) match in Truth’s WWE career.
Rey is solid and we all know that. He isn’t the high speed daredevil he used to be, but he doesn’t have to work like that in 2011 to get over. Injuries and age have caught up with Mysterio, yet he remains one of the top workers in the company. He tends to work a more deliberate pace these days but a few high spots here and there always send the fans home happy.
I like Truth a lot in this one. For one thing, reports indicate that this will be the start of a long series which will culminate at SummerSlam for Mysterio and Truth. Why put Rey over in the first match if this thing is going three more months? Two, Truth needs to be kept strong for John Morrison when he returns. One scenario I could foresee is Mysterio getting a tough win and Truth laying him out after the match to keep heat on the feud. Although my hunch is that Truth vs. Cena headline Capitol Punishment, thus Truth gets the victory here.
Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole in a Kiss My Foot Match for Lawler’s WWE Hall of Fame ring – Why am I still writing about this horrendous feud in May? The WWE apparently enjoys torturing its fans by continuing this feud that nobody except possibly a select few care to see ever again. Unfortunately it is here and if you want to pay $50 to see Christian vs. Orton, you’ll have to sit through this one.
I think Lawler goes over in this one and more importantly, I think it ends quickly. Dean Malenko got a ton of heat for laying out such a long, boring match at WrestleMania 27 that I don’t think even the WWE has the nerve to give these guys another fifteen minutes. I like Lawler here but watch out for the above mentioned scenario and Michael Cole joining the WWE Hall of Fame.
Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the WWE Intercontinental Championship – I can’t say a whole lot about this one so I’ll keep it simple. Vince McMahon reportedly loves Jackson, Wade Barrett hasn’t done much since his feud with Cena, I think it is Jackson’s time to get a run and see what he’s made of. I like Jackson a whole lot here and expect to see a new intercontinental champion on Sunday night.
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