WWE Over the Limit Review
Being one of the handful of WWE Pay-Per-Views in 2010 that isn't centered around a silly gimmick where the matches and feuds have to be forced together to sell the concept of the show rather than the storylines and performers themselves, Over the Limit intrigued me with it's solid card of matches based on legit issues from the television shows. Let's take a look at what went on.
Intercontinental Championship: Kofi Kingston defeated Drew McIntyre
Decent opener, the title change was unexpected since Drew only just got the belt back. Still don't see anything special in McIntyre
R-Truth defeated Ted Dibiase
From the second it was announced, it was pretty clear that this would be a filler match, and that's exactly what it was. Raw quality match.
Rey Mysterio defeated CM Punk
If it wasn't for the lengthy stall for CM Punk's wound, this would have got an eight, very good match and was the only one of the four main events that lived up to what was expected of it.
Seeing CM Punk get his head shaved was entertaining as well.
Unified Tag Team Championship: The Hart Dynasty Vs Chris Jericho and The Miz
Very enjoyable match and the easiest match to get into. But there were two things holding down it's score, first the crowd never got that into it, and also it didn't feel like a proper tag match often, with Tyson Kidd and Miz both spending last portions of the match down on the floor.
Randy Orton Vs Edge ended in a countout
It's not fair to give this match a rating, Orton and Edge were having a slow paced match that was building towards something at the end that didn't come due to Orton suffering an injury.
It was going OK up to the injury, but there's no point scoring half a match.
World Heavyweight Championship: Big Show defeated Jack Swagger via DQ
The biggest disappointment of the card, when this was announced I was instantly intrigued by the match-up, and it was going very well while it lasted.
Big Show was being dominant but at the same time they showed Swagger demonstrating his abilities and talents.
After going five minutes, if that, the laziest most overdone DQ finish occurs ruining this match entirely.
Divas Championship: Eve defeated Maryse
Bless 'em, they tried
WWE Championship: John Cena defeated Batista
Decent match. It was way too slow paced and I'm not sure about the spot where Batista attempted to reverse one of the stage cars into John Cena, but the camera angles clearly showed Cena not being there, making the post "dramatic" pause seem very awkward.
These two underrated performers put on a good show, but perhaps it was the underwhelming feel of the evening, it just didn't click as well as it could of.
The other major problem is that absolutely nobody predicted John Cena to lose this match.
Lady luck was not smiling on the WWE for Over the Limit, three of the four main events were disrupted by unforeseen events.
The WWE title match had to be stopped briefly for blood, CM Punk and Mysterio were stopped for what seemed like a decade rather Punk could a stiff shot into the guard barrier and also bleed.
And also, in what will probably go down as the story of the night with little else significant occurring, Randy Orton was injured in his match against Edge, which had to be ended abruptly with a thrown together count out ending.
Over the Limit is a difficult Pay-Per-View because really it depends on what you came for.
If you came for a solid night of wrestling you were probably fine for it, but if you wanted a night of entertaining WWE stuff then you were probably disappointed.
The events such as Matt Hardy's return and Kane's run in probably didn't do much for you, but if you came for the "I Quit" match, then I think you would be at least satisfied with the outcome.
Personally, I was looking forward to the Swagger/Show match the most, which was a massive disappointment.
If it wasn't for the unfortunate incidents, then overall I think, Over the Limit, would have averaged out to be "fine". But with one of the four main events essentially not going down, the other lasting a few measly minutes, and the best match of the night being badly stalled by the blood policy, it's hard to give Over the Limit a good write up.
Ultimately, what was advertised didn't entirely happen.
So despite some good performances by several members of the rosters, Over the Limit, will go down as a forgettable show that you probably wished you didn't order.
Good matches from Punk/Mysterio, JeriMiz/Hart Dynasty and Cena/Batista stopped this show from being a total washout, but what would have been a solid show was made less so by events out of the company's control. It's unfortunate but that's just how it went down.
OVERALL SCORE: 5/10