On Sunday, May 20, WWE will present its third offering of the pay-per-view event Over the Limit.
There are currently five matches announced for this event, with one match on the YouTube pre-show. If there was ever a WWE pay-per-view event to skip, it might be this one.
WWE has not done a great job of building this event up, and it comes just three weeks after its last pay-per-view event, Extreme Rules. Asking fans to shell out another $44.95 for this show is unrealistic, and I'm sure the buyrate will reflect that. The WWE has been known to spring a good surprise when fans least expect it, but I don't know if this show will see one of those.
But the show must go on, and there are some predictions to get to. So let's take a look at each match on the card, and I'll give my thoughts on how I think these will go down.
WWE touted the success of its idea to air a pre-show match on YouTube following Extreme Rules, where the concept debuted, so it's no surprise to see it do it again.
Many fans probably felt that this match would have been on a pay-per-view card by now, and they will finally get it at Extreme Rules. After what Kane did to torment Ryder just a couple of months ago during his storyline with Eve, most fans would also probably like to see Ryder get a measure of revenge.
However, the push the company gave to Ryder seems to have cooled off, and I don't see him posing much of a threat to the demented Kane in this one.
Prediction: Kane wins by pinfall following a Chokeslam.
It was a surprise to see Layla return at Extreme Rules and win the Divas title, but it was likely done to throw off Internet reports that had Kharma returning to win the belt. I still think that would have been the best way to go.
If WWE is smart, it will build to a Beth Phoenix-Kharma match sooner rather than later, and I think this is where it starts.
Beth is no longer showing any signs of her storyline ankle injury after she made quick work of Alicia Fox on Raw. Although Layla has shown great desire in returning from her own injury to win the Divas title, she will go up against one of the more dominant divas we have seen. And if Layla gets Beth at 100 percent, she won't be able to compete.
Prediction: Beth Phoenix wins the title via pinfall following the "Glam Slam."
This promises to be a highly competitive match involving four men who are very familiar with each other.
The team of Kingston and R-Truth seemed like it was thrown together just to see what would happen, but the two have jelled quite well and even handed the team of Titus O'Neil and Darren Young its first loss since being called up to the SmackDown roster.
As for Ziggler and Swagger, I think they are the better tag team. And with Vickie Guerrero in their corner, they may have a slight advantage in this one. But on the most recent taping of WWE Superstars, they lost a match to The Usos. How WWE books them to lose to a team that is doing nothing on Superstars when they are challenging for the titles I'll never understand. But the fact that they did tells me all I need to know in predicting this match.
Prediction: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth retain their titles following "Trouble in Paradise" to Swagger.
This one could go a number of different ways, although I don't see Alberto Del Rio walking out with the title. I could see any of the other three men winning the match, however.
It's been made clear over the years that in a match like this, the champion doesn't have to be involved in the decision in order to lose the belt—and in order to protect the champ, he's often not.
Chris Jericho may or may not be taking another hiatus from the company, depending on whom you choose to believe. But if he is, I can't see them putting the title on him.
That leaves us with Sheamus and Randy Orton, and Sheamus just got a clean victory over Orton on the most recent episode of SmackDown. But I don't see any reason for WWE to take the strap off of Sheamus at this time.
Prediction: Sheamus retains the title by pinning Del Rio following the Brogue Kick.
This is a match I'm sure most fans can't wait to see. Two men who have plenty of history with each other, and they should put on a wrestling clinic in Raleigh.
After winning a Beat the Clock Challenge, Daniel Bryan emerged as the No. 1 contender for the WWE title, fresh off losing two world title matches against Sheamus.
But WWE has done a poor job in building up to this match, and you have to wonder if it is saving some things in order for this feud to continue.
On this night, I see only one possible scenario, and it involves Bryan's ex-girlfriend, AJ. I feel she will definitely get involved in this match and help decide the outcome. Remember, she did wish Punk "good luck" on Monday night.
Here's how I see it going down: Punk has the match well in hand when AJ comes down to ringside. She gets up on the apron and plants a kiss on Punk, which leads to Bryan taking advantage and getting him in his vaunted submission hold.
This could then go a number of ways. AJ may have been attempting to make Bryan "jealous," but he instead loves her for getting him the title back, and that may even lead to them becoming an on-screen couple again.
WWE could also play up a "kiss of death" angle with AJ.
Prediction: Daniel Bryan wins the title via submission with the "Yes Lock."
It's the main event of the night. Yes, unfortunately it is.
Superstars in the WWE have been put on notice as to what will happen if they don't show some respect to the general manager of both Raw and SmackDown. Serious repercussions will be handed out to those who don't conform; just ask The Big Show.
But John Cena hasn't been willing to give into that, defying Laurinaitis and even making fun of his voice on Monday night one more time—the same thing Big Show got fired for. So what will Laurinaitis have in store for the man who defeated his hand-picked hitman, Brock Lesnar?
Laurinaitis hasn't competed inside the squared circle for some 12 years, but those who saw him compete in Japan know he was pretty good at times. Still, don't expect him to pull out many moves against Cena.
All you need to know about this match was said at the end of Raw in that letter Cena read. No WWE superstar can interfere in the match or he will be terminated, and if Laurinaitis loses the match, then he will be terminated.
WWE put that stipulation in place so viewers wouldn't think anyone was going to help Big Johnny, even thought that's exactly what's going to happen. If Laurinaitis loses, then he's terminated? Well, that's not going to happen.
John Cena is going through what sounds like a bitter divorce right now, so this may be a good time to write him off to give him some time to work through his personal problems.
So the question is, who will get involved in this match? Will it be a returning superstar? Will it be Brock Lesnar? For me, all signs point to what should be a pretty obvious guess, The Big Show.
The Big Show will return to cost Cena the match, and then on Monday, he'll be magically "re-hired" by Mr. Laurinaitis.
Prediction: John Laurinatis wins by pinfall following Knockout Punch from Big Show.