CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan at WWE Over the Limit: Time to Choose Old or New

Shalaj Lawania@_Apex_Predator_Senior Analyst IMay 12, 2012

Experimentation is something common with the WWE these days, right from the main event of the supposedly biggest WrestleMania in history to the supposedly biggest Extreme Rules and so on. They’re experimenting as much as they can, and it comes at the expense of consistency, logic and, at times, entertainment.

And also at the expense of a John Cena title run, but no one cares about that.

At the end of the day, WWE is a company, and if you’re really noble and money isn’t of much consequence, you can afford to squander the concept of profit and loss. WWE doesn’t like squandering it, though, so we’ll have to resign ourselves to the fact that money (not Michael Cole) does the talking.

Fresh from two lucrative main events in back-to-back PPVs, the question of whether WWE should bring back veterans who had given up on the WWE and even wrestling just to dominate their current talent, and then leave again, has been hurled back at them with a resounding “Yes!”

Unless Santino and Kofi Kingston main events start drawing the same ratings and pay-per-view buys, if not higher, the pragmatic approach for any receptive company would be to cater to those who bring in the bucks.

Which means, we’re slowly heading towards a future where one day GrandMaster Sexay might return to bury Randy Orton in the ring, and John Cena into the announcer’s table respectively, simply because that’s what sells. 

Here’s the Saw-like scenario, though: we have a choice ahead of us.

Over The Limit 2012 is currently headlined by CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan, arguably two of the greatest talents in the company today and definitely the ones to carry the company forward in the foreseeable future.

Yes, I’m aware of their ages, but this is the wrestling business, a place where Jerry Lawler can jump into Royal Rumbles whenever he wants.

The Rock’s back shooting movies. Undertaker is back in his Deadman Throne Room Command Centre watching more videos of Triple H every hour of his undead life. Triple H is busy enacting an arm injury (or is he?). HBK is hunting somewhere and Brock’s back to counting his banknotes while sniggering at the WWE Universe.

All the while, WWE’s favorite polarizing hero is involved in an insignificant match that not many people are actually going to bother buying a pay-per-view for. If you are buying it for John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis, you must have bought WrestleMania 27 for Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler.

Not that it’s a bad thing. No, seriously.

So basically, the drawing power for Over The Limit 2012 is divided between an IWC-friendly WWE Title match and a promising Fatal Four Way. Which means, if you’re one of those who’d prefer if “young talents get the spotlight,” then now is the time to show the love.

As fans of professional wrestling, it is now in our hands to show that we care way more for a potential five-star match from two of the best wrestlers in the world rather than a match from 40-year-olds with no passion for this business anymore.

As Captain Planet would say, the power is yours.

We could also, of course, postpone our love until we get a Khali vs. Hornswoggle match for Money In The Bank.

Thanks for the read, all.

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