Over the Limit is live and in living color on May 20th 2012. John Laurinaitis goes one on one with John Cena, where there will be no interference and if John Laurinaitis loses, he'll be fired as General Manager of RAW and Smackdown. Plus Daniel Bryan faces CM Punk for the WWE Championship and Sheamus puts the World Heavyweight Title on the line in a fatal four way match against Chris Jericho, Alberto Del Rio, and Randy Orton. The time has come to sit down and watch WWE Over the Limit 2012, as I run down all of the results.
WWE Over the Limit 2012 Review
On the Free For All, Kane defeated Zack Ryder
Well our patron saint of WWE Superstars gave it the old college try and got a bit of offense, holding his own. Browski Boot gets a one count but Rough Ryder is countered with the Choke Slam From Hell with Kane scoring the three count.
Christian won a battle royal.
The winner of the match would either get a title shot at Santino Marella for the WWE United States Title or Cody Rhodes for the WWE Intercontinental Title. Mostly an affair of leftovers, but hey they got a Pay Per View payday. It came down to Otunga, Christian, and Miz, with Otunga going out, and then Christian putting out Miz. Christian wins and wants Santino for the United States Title.
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth retained the WWE Tag Team Titles over Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger
Seemed like we saw this match several times before but it was of great quality. Kofi takes down Ziggler with the Trouble in Paradise for the pin. Perfectly solid tag team action.
Tyler Reks and Curt Hawkins get screen time, told to take away signs that are against John Laurinaitis. The legality of this has been questioned. Given WWE has taken away signs in the past from fans(and other wrestling companies as well), freedom of speech is something that is not essential in wrestling.
Layla retained the WWE Divas Championship over Beth Phoenix
Pretty solid match but not surprising given that we have two of the more solid female performers in WWE. Given that Layla was injured for the last year, it only made sense when Beth Phoenix worked over her injured leg. Layla hits the Neckbreaker to pick up the win.
Sheamus successfully retained the World Heavyweight Title over Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, and Alberto Del Rio
Four ways can really be either a mess or really work out to be really entertaining. I found this match to be rather entertaining, obviously with the four way environment playing a lot better than a one on one match. All four men battered each other but Sheamus came on top at Over the Limit pinning Chris Jericho with the White Noise to keep his World Heavyweight Title.
Cody Rhodes talks with Christian, talking up how he'll be a great United States Champion but Cody annoys Christian, so Christian challenges for the Intercontinental Title.
Brodus Clay defeated the Miz
A special bonus match, added to the Pay Per View right before the show. The Brodus special, obviously extended for Pay Per View. Brodus hits a super fallaway slam and a splash. Funk remains on a roll as Brodus Clay picks up a win over the Miz at Over the Limit.
Christian defeated Cody Rhodes to win the WWE Intercontinental Title
Match was fine, as Christian seemed to turn babyface, which is more than fine. In fact, it would be better to pretend that the past year of Christian's career never really happened and he can just go back to working good matches with mid to upper mid level heels like he did when he was on ECW and his first year on Smackdown. Killswitch wins the title.
CM Punk talks about his match with Daniel Bryan, how no one thought it would ever be on a WWE Pay Per View in a headlining match. A.J is out to wish Punk well.
CM Punk retained the WWE Championship over Daniel Bryan
Match of the year by a country mile between Daniel Bryan and CM Punk. Both of these men really had a great match. Finish set up a return match perhaps as well, with Daniel Bryan having Punk trapped in the YES! Lock but Punk rolls him into a pinning combination, scoring the pin just a second before he tapped out. Great match, one of the best, shame it had to play second fiddle to John Cena but that's part for the course.
Ryback destroyed Comacho
Ryback utterly decimated Comacho with a brutal beating, ending with a Samoan Drop to remain undefeated.
John Laurinaitis defeated John Cena
Fifteen years of Vince Russo booking and people who think Russo is brilliant ripping off his writing style prepared me for the obvious end, that being Big Show running in in and destroying John Cena. Match sucked, but whatever, we had Daniel Bryan against CM Punk so who really cares.
A good show, providing you shut it off right after the WWE Championship Match.