WWE over the Limit 2012: Ranking the Top 5 Matches in Order of Importance

Alfred KonuwaFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2012

WWE over the Limit 2012: Ranking the Top 5 Matches in Order of Importance

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    Something about WWE Over the Limit has really made reality set in that it is not WrestleMania season anymore. 

    Maybe it's the lack of Brock Lesnar, The Rock or a any other special attraction. But the WWE is back to status quo as one-half of its main event features a surging heel, yet one who has not wrestled regularly in well over a decade. 

    Five matches are currently being advertised for WWE Over the Limit in addition to the Ryder-Kane match on the Over the Limit pre-show. 

    Given the emphasis and billing that each match has received on TV leading up to the pay-per-view, it's clear which matches will stand out as headliners this Sunday. 

5. Layla vs. Beth Phoenix

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    The WWE's flavor-of-the-month booking of the Diva's division has grossly affected the relevance of the WWE Diva's championship. 

    There's no real rivalry in the Diva's division, just different provocatively dressed females escorting the belt to the ring on a monthly basis. 

    Even with Beth Phoenix having the strap for an extended reign, she was unceremoniously jobbing to something called a Maria Menounos in a WrestleMania tag-team match. 

    Kharma is the looming beacon of hope to reinvigorate this perennially flailing division. Until her arrival, Layla vs. Beth is simply filler.

4. Kofi Kingston and R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger

2 of 5

    It'll be interesting to see whether or not the WWE leaves the tag titles on the charismatic "R-Boom" duo, however, they may be saving that job for Primo, Epico and the budding All World alliance. 

    Ziggler and Swagger have zero steam heading into this match and are likely being called upon simply to have a pair of good hands in the ring for some competent wrestling match. 

3. CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan

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    Judging by the fanfare this match got on the go-home show for Raw, you would have thought this was being competed for the ROH Heavyweight Championship. 

    An otherwise strong wrestling feud has been marred by a series of free matches the two stars had on TV; all of which, received a similarly lackluster buildup despite both men being world champions at the time. 

    Now that Bryan and Punk are finally competing with a price tag, fans have already been conditioned to think that this match isn't anything special, and it has since struggled as a potential blockbuster matchup. 

2. Sheamus vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio

4 of 5

    This matchup reads like stars who should be a much bigger deal than they currently are.  Unfortunately, one of the most unsuccessful WWE pay-per-views of all time was built around the final four match. 

    The lack of success for that pay-per-view was predicated on the fact that it's hard to get fans emotionally involved in a story that will culminate in four different athletes competing for a championship at the same time.

    A hook of the world championship having a 25 percent chance of changing hands is meaningless given the rate that all championships change in the WWE.

    The bright spot for this match is that Sheamus could benefit from a clean win over such a stacked field. 

1. John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

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    The WWE's familiar problems of depth issues once again take center stage as a non-regular wrestler is set to headline a WWE pay-per-view for the third consecutive time. 

    John Laurinaitis has hit his stride as a heel in recent months, providing Cena with the rare consensus villain and somebody who is virtually impossible to cheer for. 

    Laurinaitis-Cena should be filled with shenanigans and gimmicks given Laurinaitis' limited in-ring ability, however, the stipulation of no outside interference will make things tricky. 

    The stipulation of Laurinaitis being fired should he lose certainly enhances what should be a below-average main-event match. 

     

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