WWE Over the Limit 2012: Does the Fatal 4-Way Make the Show Better or Worse?
Over the Limit's one-on-one match between World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus and Alberto Del Rio is now a Fatal Four-Way match—a move on creative's part that is both good and bad.
I know, I know. How can I sit on the fence?
Let me explain.
For every point I have to argue in favor of the Fatal Four-Way match, I have an equally valid point for opposing the switch.
Simply put: It's a fantastic idea for some and it stinks for others.
Here are four reasons the match makes Over the Limit 2012 better and four reasons it makes the show worse.
Worse: A Lack of Creativity
Let's rewind one month.
Sheamus was defending his World Heavyweight Championship against Daniel Bryan. At the same time, Chris Jericho was vying for the WWE Championship against CM Punk.
Fast forward to now.
Bryan is set to compete against Punk while Jericho takes on Sheamus.
Better: The More the Merrier
The Fatal Four-Way provides some spice.
Fans get one-on-one matches all the time—twice a week on RAW and SmackDown. Both shows are filled predominantly with one-on-one bouts.
Adding more competitors adds more intrigue.
Now, so much can happen. There are multiple outcomes that can occur.
It's nice to be treated to a unique match such as this every once in awhile.
Worse: Chris Jericho Skips over Many on the Roster
Chris Jericho just had his turn to compete for the WWE Championship.
Now he gets an immediate shot at the World Heavyweight title.
In turn, he's skipping over guys equally deserving—Big Show, Kane, Mark Henry and The Miz.
It's great for Jericho, bad for the rest.
Better: Bigger, Better Names
While I am a huge fan of Alberto Del Rio, a match between him and Sheamus alone isn't going to draw in the masses.
In fact, it'd probably have been one of the first matches on the Over the Limit card.
It needed something more.
Insert the Fatal Four-Way stipulation and two superstars in Randy Orton and Chris Jericho (even if he did skip over a few others).
Now the match has main-event caliber.
Worse: Alberto Del Rio Is Getting Screwed
Alberto Del Rio successfully pinned Sheamus in a one-on-one matchup to earn the No. 1 contender spot.
He was rewarded with a shot at Over the Limit 2012.
However, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton have been added to the mix. While this is probably better for interest as I said in the slide prior, this is terrible for Del Rio.
Jericho pinned Sheamus in a tag team match. Orton simply declared, "I'm coming after your belt."
Boom: instant contenders.
Though I'm sure not many care, it's not fair to Del Rio—he's the only one that rightfully earned this fight.
Better: Randy Orton Gets a Shot
Obviously, the match is better for Randy Orton. He gets to compete for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Orton has tons of support from the fans.
A title shot is something many Orton fans have been clamoring for recently.
Well, fans, you've got it.
Worse: The Potential for a Terrible Ending
There is one large, glaring problem with Fatal Four-Way matches: one of the three non-champions can pin another non-champion to win.
Sheamus doesn't even need to be taken down to lose his belt.
Chris Jericho can make Alberto Del Rio tap out and win the title. Randy Orton can RKO and pin Jericho for a victory. Del Rio can get Orton to submit and be the new World Heavyweight Champion.
All the while, Sheamus could be on the ground outside of the ring.
Rather than a Fatal Four-Way, this match would have been loads more interesting as a four-way elimination contest.
Better: Bucking the Face vs. Heel Trend
Not only is nearly every single match a one-on-one match, most also feature a face versus a heel.
This one is no exception, however, it's a bit different—for the better.
Yes, there are now two faces and two heels.
But rarely does the WWE Universe see two faces square off legitimately because one wants the title the other holds.
Most often, one must turn heel.
Though I doubt it will happen, I'm already anxious to see what happens when Chris Jericho and Alberto Del Rio spill out of the ring leaving Randy Orton and Sheamus—the "good" guys—left to tussle.
Likewise, fans could see two "bad" guys brawl, rather than team up (hopefully).
In the end, the addition of Chris Jericho and Randy Orton into the mix to create a Fatal Four-Way match for the World Heavyweight title at Over the Limit 2012 is better.
It's a shame Alberto Del Rio and others got screwed, but it's all about the fans.
With this unique stipulation, there's more interest, intrigue and potential.
These four should really show the WWE Universe something on May 20, 2012.