WWE Over the Limit 2012: Full Preview and Predictions
This is it.
After weeks of hype, Over the Limit is finally here. The company has put together a nice looking set of matches, but the buildup has definitely lacked. There is no denying that.
Either way, the WWE Universe is getting a pay-per-view this Sunday. What are my thoughts and predictions for the event?
Let's find out!
Tag Team Title Match
Kofi Kingston and R-Truth will defend the tag titles against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger.
Honestly, I am more concerned with how stunning Vickie Guerrero will look at ringside. This match does not do much for me.
I am sure it will be entertaining. All four are fun to watch, but there is only so much that can happen here. In the end, I will go with the champs retaining.
Winners: Kofi and Truth
Layla vs. Beth Phoenix is mildly intriguing.
The Divas title will be on the line, so that is an added bonus. Even with the belt being defended here, I can't convince myself to care very much.
Both are talented, but I just want Kharma back at this point.
Honestly, it has been a year. I really hope she is healthy and ready to return soon. Until then...
Kane vs. Ryder
This is for the pre-show.
I like this match for a few reasons.
First, it gives Kane something to do. He is not the monster many want, and his time in the main event scene is very limited these days.
As for Ryder, it is only fitting he is on an internet show. If anybody is going to be convinced to buy Over the Limit with this little teaser, it is the Zack Pack.
As usual, the winner and loser here won't matter much. If it did, this match would be on the main show with actual build.
World Title Match
Sheamus will defend his World Title against Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, and Alberto Del Rio. I expect a good four-way, as all of them are great in the ring.
My only problem is I can't convince myself the title is changing hands. It is very difficult for me to believe Sheamus is losing his title anytime soon.
The only saving grace is the four-way stipulation. That way we could be given a shocking title change without the Celtic Warrior taking the pinfall.
That is my only reason to think otherwise. Just like at Extreme Rules last month, logic and sense point to the champions keeping their titles.
I will pick Sheamus to retain, but WWE has a lot of options to go with this main event scene.
Cena vs. Laurinaitis
If John Laurinaitis loses, he is gone as general manager of Raw and SmackDown.
As noted on Raw, nobody under WWE contract can interfere. Also, the only way to win is by pinfall or submission. That is a lot of stipulations.
The popular opinion is John Cena will lose, due to Brock Lesnar or Big Show helping Big Johnny win. Honestly, that does seem like the most logical conclusion here.
It would continue Mr. Excitement's run on television, as well as give Cena another feud for the summer. As the days have gone by, I admit to second guessing this scenario.
Why can't Show just help Cena win and get rid of Johnny?
Surely, Teddy Long or Triple H would re-hire Big Show the next night on Raw. Thus, Show turning heel may make sense, but it is not a lock to occur.
Cena winning does get rid of Laurinaitis. However, I do not think his character is done yet. He did win at WrestleMania to gain complete power. Why end it all less than two months later?
I am going to predict another match or two added to the show.
WWE likes to have Ryback or Brodus Clay wrestle a short match. I certainly enjoy their work, so it is not out of the question to see that on Sunday.
My other prediction is a lot of "woo!" chants at Over the Limit. With WWE being in North Carolina, my guess is a lot of fans know about Ric Flair or his daughter's recent headlines.
It could be a fun atmosphere, as long as it does not take away from the show.
Finally, I would love to be proven wrong with this last one. Nothing would overjoy me more than to be incorrect in a few weeks. However, I must say it.
Over the Limit has a great chance of bombing in terms of pay-per-view buys. Again, please prove me wrong. Please!
If it does bomb, it does not take a genius to figure out who will be the scapegoats...
Punk vs. Bryan
CM Punk is defending his WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan live on pay-per-view on Sunday night. Over the Limit will be their night.
Five years ago, fans would have died to see this happen. Even a year ago, it seemed like an out-of-this-world idea to even take place. Imagine these two going to a 60 minute draw as the show went off the air! Oh, there are plenty of fantasy booking options with this one.
Tomorrow night, it becomes a reality.
Punk and Bryan will headline a WWE event. With the top prize on the line, their fan bases can not ask for anything more that this.
It has been a long journey for both of them. They will finally get their due on Sunday. I expect nothing but the best from them. Both are very capable of putting on an excellent match.
While I expect Punk to keep his title, you can never rule out Bryan (and A.J.). With television ratings sinking and a six-month title reign behind him, nothing would shock me anymore.
For years, many have claimed these two as the best in the world. That is fine to say over and over, but who will put their money where their mouth is?
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