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In what will be rare for this PPV, the WWE has done a good job of providing a good build-up for this match, and a case can be made for all four contenders.
For Sheamus, a win will more firmly establish that he's a legitimate champion; a loss will prove that he hasn't surpassed the role of transitional champion.
Randy Orton is slowly returning to the dark side of his Viper persona, but he's not all the way there yet. That could mean the WWE will wait to put the title back on Orton, or they could use it to really sell his darker side.
Jericho has lost World Championship matches in each of the last three PPVs, so it would seem that he's about due for a win; then again, I've heard that he'll be leaving for Fozzy again soon.
After being out with injury, ADR could use a title reign to put him back on top, but would WWE prefer to give him a slow build-up?
Here's WWE.com's take on the match:
World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus has said time and time again that he loves to fight. Well, at WWE Over the Limit, The Great White will get that opportunity – times three – when he battles challengers Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho and Randy Orton in a Fatal 4-Way Match for the World Title.
Well, that's not very insightful. Rather than picking the most likely winner, let's start with the least likely: Chris Jericho. Now that his feud with CM Punk has come to an end, Y2J seems a bit out of place. If he can't win Punk's title after three attempts, I can't see him taking the belt from Sheamus on his first attempt.
Although he arguably had a better year than any other WWE Superstar in 2011, I don't think ADR is ready for a title reign just yet. Plus, Sheamus would be owed a rematch, and I don't think a Sheamus/Del Rio feud would go over well.
Once the belt moves around a bit, I think the Mexican Aristocrat will take the belt from the next babyface champion. Until then, his waist shall remain bare.
Of all three challengers, I think Orton is the most likely to leave with the belt. We all know he is Friday night's "Franchise Player," and Orton hasn't held the title for a while. But they are teasing an Orton/Sheamus feud, so I think it will be another PPV or two before Orton takes the belt from the first ever Irish-born WWE Champion.
I predict Sheamus retains and starts a program that focuses exclusively on Randy Orton.