WWE Over the Limit 2012: Grading Every Match

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistMay 20, 2012

WWE Over the Limit 2012: Grading Every Match

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    Over the Limit came and went, with some exciting matches and some disappointments. Headlined by John Cena and John Laurinaitis, Over the Limit again proved why this pay-per-view needs to be pulled in favor of King of the Ring.

    In all, 10 matches took place, including the pre-show match on YouTube. Luckily, the pay-per-view was dominated by actual wrestling matches and not time-wasting promos and videos.

    Here are the grades each match earned from Over the Limit.

Kane vs. Zack Ryder

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    Kicking off the night on YouTube, we saw Zack Ryder continue to fall into irrelevancy against Kane. Ryder has gone from relevant to buried in very little time, but at least he got a match at the event.

    As for the match, it was your typical Kane match. It was a good one for viewers to watch for free. Ryder was not completely dominated, as he was able to nail a Broski Boot at one point.

    In the end, Kane won and Ryder continues his slip down the ladder. A solid performance from both men.

    Grade: B-

"People Power" Battle Royal

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    A great surprise to start the pay-per-view was the impromptu "People Power" battle royal, with the winner getting a title shot at either Cody Rhodes or Santino Marella.

    It was a typical battle royal that had great spots. The Great Khali threw out a good number of competitors, Tyson Kidd had a very nice showing and even William Regal participated. Regal may have had the biggest pop of any superstar, other than the eventual winner, the returning Christian.

    Additionally, the Usos, as well as Titus O'Neil and Darren Young, had a good showing. Usually tag teams do not fair well in battle royals, but they did were great.

    At one point, it looked like Yoshi Tatsu may have injured his knee or ankle when he was suplexed over the rope by Drew McIntyre. Hopefully Tatsu is OK because his fall out of the ring looked awful.

    Grade: B+ 

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

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    The Tag Team championships were on the line early in the event, and the match did not disappoint. There was great action all around, and each performer put forth a solid effort.

    As usual, Ziggler sold moves perfectly, Kingston hit his high flying moves, R Truth showed off his amazing athleticism and Swagger put in his typical solid effort.

    Of course, Vickie Guerrero got involved at one point, but it was to no avail because Kingston nailed Ziggler with an amazing Trouble in Paradise as Ziggler ran at him for the win. Great match to set the pace of the card.

    Grade: A-

Layla vs. Beth Phoenix

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    Kharma did not make an appearance as many hoped she would, but Layla and Beth Phoenix put on a pretty good match.

    Beth targeted Layla's knee, which Layla sold well (either that or it really hurt). Layla showed off some athletic moves herself and ended up hitting a Neck Breaker for the win.

    It was longer than your typical diva's match, showcasing two of the best women the WWE has. Hopefully the division can build off this and start rebuilding.

    Grade: B

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

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    All I can say is wow. This was the best match on the card, in my opinion. All four of these guys put on amazing performances for nearly 20 minutes.

    At numerous points in the match, it looked like a different person was going to end up winning. Whether it was Del Rio putting Sheamus in a Cross Armbreaker, Orton hitting an RKO or Jericho hitting Sheamus with a Code Breaker, this match kept me on the edge of my seat.

    Eventually, Sheamus hit Chris Jericho with a White Noise and earned the pinfall. The crowd definitely appreciated the effort, as did I. It looks like Orton and Sheamus will continue their feud following this match.

    Grade: A+

Brodus Clay vs. Miz

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    The Miz got his match on the pay-per-view, but his stock continues to fall. He dropped yet another match to Brodus Clay, this time in more dominating fashion.

    The Miz came out and danced, which made me cringe. As for the match, it was a typical Brodus Clay match. He came, he saw, he conquered, he danced. Rinse, wash and repeat.

    Clay looked very good tonight, especially since there are doubts about his abilities in the ring. He did an awesome Head and Arm Suplex off the top turnbuckle on The Miz, which had so much impact. All in all, it was a pretty good filler match.

    Grade: B-

Christian vs. Cody Rhodes

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    After initially choosing to go after Santino Marella's United States title, Christian chose to wrestle Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental title. The match did not disappoint, to say the least.

    Both men put on a show, having their individual moments throughout the match. In the end, we got a new champion in Christian, and the terrible booking of Cody Rhodes continues.

    Christian hit the Killswitch, and fans went nuts. It's good to see Christian hold gold and back in action.

    Grade: A-

CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan

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    These two are the best in the business, and this match showed why. They dug deep into their arsenals and pulled out a ton of holds that are rarely, if ever, seen.

    The highlight of the match had to be the finish though. Daniel Bryan had CM Punk in the LeBell Lock (no, not the Yes Lock), but Punk reversed it into a pinning predicament, which got him the three count. Right after the pinfall, CM Punk tapped to the hold, creating the fun finish.

    Interestingly enough, AJ did not get involved in the match. It also looked like Bryan may have tweaked his knee, whether it's kayfabe or legit.

    Grade: A 

Ryback vs. Camacho

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    When Hunico and Camacho came out, I expected to see the return of Sin Cara, since he will be returning very soon. Instead, we got a quick squash in for Ryback.

    Ryback is an absolute beast, as he threw around Camacho, who is not a small man. Some impressive power moves by Ryback were performed, and he had to fight off both Hunico and Camacho. Camacho actually got Ryback off his feet at one point, which we have yet to see.

    The end of the match saw Ryback kick Hunico's low rider bike, which was really funny. The match was a solid filler to lead into the main event.

    Grade: B

John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

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    I feel sorry for anybody who ordered the pay-per-view or attended live because this match was a joke to professional wrestling.

    This match was slow, boring and simply not a wrestling match. Cena destroyed Laurinaitis, did a bunch of stupid things with him and Big Show got the save for "Big Johnny." Laurinaitis wore a stupid track suit in the match, looking like he was going for a jog rather than wrestling.

    The fans were mad with the match and outcome in general. I would be too because it was an embarrassment to pro wrestling.

    Grade: F

Conclusion

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    Overall grade: C

    The pay-per-view would have been graded higher, had the main event did not bore everybody to tears. That being said, did the WWE creative team think a Cena-Laurinaitis main event would be a good idea to begin with?

    Comment below to let me know what you think.