WWE presented Over the Limit on PPV from Seattle, Washington. The event featured two main-events as John Cena defended the WWE Championship in a “I Quit” Match against The Miz, and Randy Orton defended the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Christian.
RIP “Macho Man” Randy Savage (November 15, 1952 – May 20, 2011)
Welcome back to The Wrestling Times. “Over the Limit” took place in Seattle, Washington, and yet, Aberdeen, Washington’s own Daniel Bryan couldn’t even make it on the card. Then again, he at least went over in a dark match against Drew McIntyre. Congratulations American Dragon, you’ve just made Zack Ryder status. Let’s discuss WWE’s May 2011 PPV “Over the Limit.”
The best match of the night, surpassing probably any match this year, was Randy Orton versus Christian. Even though this was not the final bout of the night, this was easily the show stealer. Though it was a given that Randy Orton would retain the belt, seeing those two go back and forth, near falls after near falls, and execute such amazing ring psychology, it was a match for wrestlers trying to make it into the biz to aspire to. The peeps can rip on Randy all they want, but the better man won. We all wished that Christian could have won back his belt, the belt that he spent 17 years of his career striving for, but as Orton put it, he made sure that this ‘feel-good story’ didn’t have a happily ever after.
And for those questioning Randy Orton’s submission maneuver from the match, the inverted Boston Crab, it’s used by ROH’s and NWA Hollywood’s own Colt Cabana (former WWE Superstar Scotty Goldman). His inverted Boston Crab finisher is known as Billy Goat’s Curse.
His response on twitter: “It’s Ok…. My new Nickname is Colt “The Jew Viper” Cabana aka THE JIPER.” He also had this photo to show: Click Here.
The WWE Championship match fell short of Miz’s promo expectations, and unfortunately lived up to the old Cena/Superman expectations. The Miz enlisted Alex Riley into this match seeing as there are no rules in an “I Quit” match, which was fine except he didn’t do, or add, much to the match. The Miz did the heavy lifting with kendo stick shots to Cena’s abdomen, and leather belt whips to his back. For the better part of 30+ minutes, The Miz was dominating, which only made the final moments more painful to watch.
Alex Riley pulled a page from WWE History when he used a recording from his cell phone to simulate that Cena had uttered the two dreadful words. But just like he cost Miz the belt last time, Riley screwed up and left the cell phone for the referee to find. Now, if The Miz doesn’t make Alex Riley regret the day he was born on the following Monday Night Raw, then he deserves to no longer be in the Main Event picture.
What I hate about Cena in “I Quit” matches, or Cena’s matches in general, is the lack of story that is told. Cena spends the majority of the match getting the living hell beat out of him, as if someone was beating Superman with Kryptonite. And then in the final minutes, Cena instantly defeats his foe, just like whenever the threat of Kryptonite is eliminated. So within 3 minutes, Cena savagely whips Miz with his own leather belt, and then locks in the STF to get the win. Not a good ending at all.
Cannot even recall Jerry Lawler’s match with Michael Cole because it lasted as long as a Divas match. But it wasn’t about the match, it was about Michael Cole getting his in the end. Eve Torres, who Michael Cole has personal insulted, landed a sexy moonsault. Jim Ross made Cole eat a large helping of crow, and some of J.R.’s classic BBQ sauce. And the last man, who should’ve been Jack Swagger, turned out to be Bret “The Hitman” Hart to slap on the Sharpshooter, so Cole could be forced to kiss Lawler’s foot.
Have to say, this was not at all the pay off that I was anticipating from this feud. Then again, Michael Cole is not a wrestler by any means. Let’s just see if Michael Cole will now shut the hell up.
The Divas Championship match was actually pretty decent, emphasis on pretty. Brie Bella and Kelly Kelly had a nice back and forth, with the ladies executing the moves properly, something we have not seen from the women of WWE Tough Enough. The Bellas made great play with Twin Magic to successful defend Brie’s Divas Championship. And this is where Alex Riley should’ve taken notes because though Nikki is not the Divas Champion, Brie allowed her to hoist up the belt as if it was her’s, so as not to get Nunzio to reverse the decision.
Sin Cara’s match with Chavo Guerrero fell short from the rave reviews of their house show matches. Cara’s (or Mistico’s) finisher La Mística Tilt–a–whirl headscissors takedown was botched. And unlike TNA’s “Sacrifice” pay-per-view when Sting’s Scorpion Death Drop move botched, Sin Cara did not attempt to execute the move again, he instead did the smart thing and went for the cover. Because, although the move was botched, nothing is more hokey than executing the same move after it was just botched. As for this match, everyone has a bad day at the office.
C.M. Punk’s and Wade Barrett’s leadership skills were on display at “Over the Limit.” This time, it was Wade Barrett who proved to be the better leader. When Ezekiel Jackson had Barrett up in the Torture Rack, his comrades came out to his aid, and the three of them delivered an ass whipping. Sure, Ezekiel won via disqualification, but the Intercontinental title remained with Barrett. Punk and Mason Ryan failed to win the WWE Tag Team Titles from Kane and The Big Show. And because Kane/Show destroyed Michael McGillicutty and David Otunga back stage, Punk had no followers to intervene. It’s time that Punk goes solo because after two years of failed factions, he is no closer to winning his fourth World Title.
That’s it for this post. The other match that took place was R-Truth defeating Rey Mysterio. What did you guys think about the pay-per-view? Was it worth the paycheck? Did you wish that somebody would have done the “Macho Man” Randy Savage signature elbow drop? Which Punk attempted, but crashed and burned. Thoughts on the night’s matches please jot them down in the comment box, or send me a line on twitter. My twitter handler is WrestlingTimesX. There are also some nifty share buttons on the bottom: Spread the word!