The WWE followed up one of its best “B” show pay per views in ages with Over the Limit 2012. The show can be best summed up by one outstanding match, one very good match, a boring undercard, and a main-event that was probably the worst WWE headliner of 2012.
I think my biggest complaint here comes from the main-event. Fortunately or unfortunately the WWE has set a standard in 2012 with their main-events. Go back and watch the headliners this year and the one thing that is constant is that they were all very good if not great. I understand the limitations they have in that situation but charging money for that was just ridiculous. I know it is hard to follow up Brock Lesnar vs. John Cena but this was about as bad as it gets.
John Laurinatiis defeated John Cena in the main-event. The Big Show wound up interfering and helping Big Johnny win as many predicted. The match itself was a one-sided squash match for the most part. The booking logic though of the match overall was pretty poor in my opinion. Why have Show wait until the end to come out? Why did Cena release Laurinatiis from holds when he could have won? I mean I could go on. This had more comedy to it than any Cena pay per view main-event I can recall. Show KO’d Cena and Laurinatiis pinned him.
It appeared that Show was the reluctant heel. Think back to Shawn Michaels and JBL and you have a very similar angle. I do think that this kind of gimmick can work but not with someone like Show or HBK. These are two guys that have made millions and headlined for decades in pro wrestling. The idea that Show would be that desperate that he’d sell out to help Laurinatiis is ridiculous. I do think that this could work great with someone like a Zack Ryder or Kofi Kingston, a young guy that is desperate for success, etc, etc. This just seems rehashed and lazy and the fact we have to get another series of Show vs. Cena matches is enough for me to hate this already. I can’t imagine that the WWE will try and sell another Cena vs. Laurinatiis match at No Way Out but that is the plan going into the next pay per view. Good luck with that one.
Now that I have gotten past the bad let’s get to the great of Over the Limit. CM Punk pinned Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE championship. These guys had a heck of a match, one of the best in the WWE all year. Punk reversed Bryan’s Yes Lock into a pinning predicament and got the three count to win and retain the title. Punk was tapping to the lock as he pinned Bryan so theoretically that would indicate that these guys will rematch and start a full-fledged program and I can’t imagine that anyone would complain about that.
Sheamus retained the WWE world heavyweight championship defeating Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, and Randy Orton. Believe it or not there were parts of this match I actually liked better than Bryan vs. Punk. This was a very good match and will probably wind up underrated by the time the year is over. Sheamus pinned Chris Jericho with White Noise after Jericho had been RKO’d. The writing on the wall appears to be Jericho leaving at this point.
In the other news of the night, Christian returned (as a babyface) and put together his first 2-0 streak in what seems like forever. Christian won a battle royal earlier in the night to win a shot of his choice against either the Intercontinental or United States champion. Christian won and picked the I-C title (like anyone is going to pick a former WCW title over a WWE title). Christian defeated Cody Rhodes with the Killswitch to win the title.
Kane defeated Zack Ryder
Christian won a 20 Man “People Power” Battle Royal where the winner gets his choice of a United States or Intercontinental Championship match later in the show
Kofi Kingston & R-Truth defeated Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger (with Vickie Guerrero) to retain the WWE Tag Team Championshp
Layla defeated Beth Phoenix to retain the WWE Divas Championship
Sheamus defeated Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez), Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho in a Fatal Four-Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship
Brodus Clay defeated The Miz
Christian defeated Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Intercontinental Championship
CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan retained the WWE Championship
Ryback defeated Camacho
John Laurinaitis defeated John Cena