WWE OVER THE LIMIT 2012
CM Punk & Daniel Bryan Steal the Show
Over The Limit took place on May 20th, 2012 at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is the final Pay-per-view under the Over The Limit banner. It began in clever fashion, smack dab in the middle of a twenty man Battle Royale, where the winner could choose either a United States or Intercontinental Championship Title shot for later in the night. The match was populated with B, C, D, and F list level superstars such as The Miz, Christian, William Regal, The Great Khali, Darren Young, and David Otunga. Christian picked up the win, after he eliminated The Miz, and chose an Intercontinental Title shot. It was the cold open, segueing into the opening sequence.
Warning: this event has an incredible match, and some pretty good ones, but it is dominated by the overbearing presence of heel announcer Michael Cole. It’s hard to sit through, but it’s worth it when it comes time for CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan.
Next up were Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger for Truth and Kingston’s Championship belts. This was a match full of four of the most physically talented men in the locker room at the time, all with something to prove. The addition of Vickie Guerrero helped, as though she may be annoying; she is a great manager. All you have to do is put her with heels and they’ll catch her massive heat by proximity.
Next was the bathroom break: Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for Layla’s WWE Divas Championship. No offense to either of the women involved, but it’s hard to suspend disbelief in this case. There’s no believable way for Layla to go over Beth, which happened here.
Back from the bathroom, probably with a beer in hand; fans were treated to a packed Fatal Four-Way for the World Heavyweight Championship. The competitors were Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, Alberto Del Rio, and Sheamus, who was wearing the strap at the time. These are four former WWE Championship holders we’re talking about. This match was great, treating fans to an affair of brutal moments. Del Rio and Sheamus are both heavy strikers, hitting each other and the rest with some clubbing blows. It’s always hard to watch when Sheamus holds someone up against the ropes and just unloads on that person. It hurts. It’s also why putting the World Heavyweight Championship on him was an easy decision, same as allowing him to retain, even though the format of the Fatal Four-Way is built to see title’s change hands.
Somebody call my MAMA! Somebody call my MAMA! Up after the Fatal Four-Way was a singles match between Brodus “The Funkasaurus” Clay versus The Miz. On his way to the ring, Miz cut a scathing promo directed at the fans and their lack of reaction to his presence, while they constantly applaud someone like Brodus. This led him to declaring out loud that not only was he the best wrestler in the company, he was also the best dancer. The Miz then danced to his own, sh–ty entrance theme like a jackass. That’s pretty much all I got in regards to this match. After Miz did, you know, that, The Funkasaurus danced to the ring and defeated him in less than six minutes.
Then it was time for Christian to cash in his Intercontinental Title shot against Cody Rhodes. This match puts me in a weird position. I like Cody Rhodes, so it’s rough to have to see him have to do the job to the returning Christian in a less than flattering fashion. Thing is, I also like Christian. The match came and went in less than ten minutes, giving way for CM Punk and Daniel Bryan to take center stage with their match for Punk’s WWE Championship.
This is the match that makes this Pay-per-view worth watching. This is a physical masterpiece between two of the toughest men to ever enter a WWE ring. They kicked the s–t out of each during this, as everyone knew they would. They traded incredibly hard kicks and intense submission holds. It’s a thing of beauty to watch. There’s a reason the fans are such ardent supporters of both. They earned every bit of love they’ve been shown by going out for years on end and putting their bodies on the line. This engrossing match was no exception, and vastly overshadowed the two awful matches that came next.
First, there was Ryback squashing Camacho in a match that lasted less than a minute. Cool. Pretty much said everything I could about that match. Next, it was time for the final match, the Main Event: John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis. John is the brother of Road Warrior Animal, one half of the legendary team, The Legion of Doom. Let’s just say that all the wrestling talent went to Joey Laurinaitis.