With tonight's WWE Over the Limit pay-per-view, surprises were expected, and granted...although they weren't necessarily the ones we'd counted on.
Big Show's interference in the Cena vs. Laurinaitis match wasn't a horrible surprise, but a returning Christian defeating Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship was certainly unanticipated.
As far as mid-tier pay-per-view events go, this was one that was well-worth every penny spent.
Jericho, once again, proved to be the king of putting younger talent over, in being pinned by Sheamus during the Fatal-Four-Way match.
Sheamus, whose title run had been all-but-buried following his bout with Bryan at 'Mania, came off strong. Even with Jericho's sudden necessity to put over talent, it still serves to legitimize talent.
It is with that that I figure Jericho to be the most valuable asset to the company in recent months...although that is another story for another day entirely.
Although you can forgive me saying, I expect, that Jericho's current run (as analyzed by me via my current reading of his first book) has been important in nearly every sense of the word.
While there was no Brock Lesnar interference, that was wholly insignificant in the grand scheme of things; Big Show, a solid face, solidified a heel turn and received great heat during the main event, something which can only serve to help his career.
The Divas match was also not a complete disappointment. Aside from a few clunky segments here and there, Beth and Layla are perfectly capable of putting on a solid match with a solid story, and it truly shined at this particular event.
While Layla retained her title, Beth was not made to look like a complete jobber, and I believe the title is in safe hands preceding Kharma's imminent return.
Additionally, it's nice to see the WWE showing some attention to their tag division.
While I presume that Primo and Epico are ultimately superior talents, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston made their mark in defeating a solid team of Swagger and Ziggler.
While the match was far from superb, it still rated as good, a rarity in the division in recent history. With the support of Abraham Washington, I fully expect this to turn into something interesting in the months to come.
I do apologize for any acknowledgments I've not made; in my eyes, the other matches prove to be insignificant in the grand scheme of things.
With that said, check out the roster for the coming season of NXT, and look forward to the future with me; I know that I am.