A few days ago I wrote a predictions article on this site that basically said that Over The Limit had the potential to be the best PPV of 2010. The key word here is potential, because it failed on all levels.
This PPV summed up everything that is wrong with the WWE. Before I get onto individual segment reviews however, I must have a rant about the blood issue. I want to make it clear that I support WWE PG. I think it is a wise marketing strategy, and can be used really well. But PG has nothing to do with WWE not allowing blood to be shown on TV. They can get away with that on a PG rating, it is WWE's decision to not allow it.
While I can understand the WWE preventing blading, I simply cannot understand why they have to stop a match for a real cut. I have to make an exception for Punk's match here because he required medical treatment. But what was not required were the camera angles being selected to deliberately shield the blood during Punk's match. When Punk was being shaved, no-one could see his face, which really took all the value out of the moment.
Then in Cena's match, in which he got a little cut, again the match is stopped, the fans are booing (and the children) and the whole pace and rhythm of the match is ruined. WWE need to stop this petty policy, because all it does is disrupt matches, and make adult fans furious.
Anyway onto match reviews:
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Kofi Kingston (Intercontinental title)
I want to say at this point that I had no problem with Kingston winning, it was the way he won that annoyed me. WWE has been building Drew up really well, and then when finally his match comes along he loses to a move that has never before pinned anyone. He needed to get beat by trouble in paradise. In my estimation this made Drew come off a bit weak.
Following the match was the attack by Matt Hardy, which was very well thought out and was one of the very few highlights of this 'PPV'.
Ted DiBiase w/ Virgil vs. R-Truth
This is a very similar review to the first match, again I had no problem with Ted getting beat, but the win just seemed too easy for Truth. This did nothing to help Ted's credibility, or to cement Virgil as a force outside the ring.
CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
This was easily match of the night by a long, long way. There were some excellent counters and some good grappling. I was amazed at Punk's flurry of offense after he got cut, that was very intense and enjoyable. However, I did say in my predictions that I bet WWE did not have the guts to let CM Punk win, and they prove me absolutely right.
I am afraid that in my opinion this match has destroyed CM Punk. He was totally humiliated and made to look extremely weak. I think it is fairly clear that now begins a feud with Kane and Punk (main-eventer), whereas Mysterio (the ultimate mid-carder) will be in the fatal 4 way for the world title. Punk deserves the main-event scene, and to be honest WWE are making him look like a clown instead of a force to be reckoned with. Punk cannot afford to lose to Mysterio 2 times in 3, it is character destroying.
I really do not know how Punk is going to come back from this. All I can hope is that the feud with Kane doesn't happen and that he gets extreme revenge on Mysterio. Oh, and please Punk grow your hair back, you are just not the same without it.
The Hart Dynasty (c) vs. Mizicho (Unified tag titles)
This was an average tag match at best. I said in my predictions that the Hart Dynasty would win, which they did. What amazes me however is the caliber of team that they beat. This is what you call a push. Anyway, the match was nothing special. All I can hope is that Jericho and Miz move onto better things.
Randy Orton vs. Edge
Orton's injury was the story of the night. WWE has lost one of its biggest (if not the biggest) stars for who knows how long. The match itself really cannot be reviewed, but the finish was weak because of the injury and it certainly had an effect on the audience for the rest of the event. It was quite embarrasing the way he got injured as well, and you have to wonder if we'll ever see him stalking his opponents like that again. Come back soon Randy!
Jack Swagger (c) vs. Big Show (World Heavyweight Title)
I am afraid I have to say that this was a poor match, and was made worse due to the finish. Swagger got himself DQ'ed (as predicted), but instead of WWE letting Swagger beat Show down and make an impact, Show destroyed him, again making Swagger look like a paper champion. Poorly booked.
Eve (c) vs. Mayrse (Diva's Championship)
It looks like the diva's are back to five minute matchs again. This encounter was nothing to shout home about, but I do believe this feud is not over yet. I would have much rather have seen Lay-Cool in action.
John Cena vs. Batista (WWE Championship)
The match itself pretty much lived up to the hype, but yet again WWE ruined it with the finish. Batista saying I quit on top of the car was the moment that ruined it. It made Batista look like a coward, and cemented Cena's place above him. Just how scripted was the finish? 'I was hoping you would say that', how absolutely pathetic and class-less. To finish it off, Cena still FU'ed him through the stage which I can only guess end's Batista's career in WWE. Very sad way to go for someone of his immense ability, he wasn't even allowed to leave with pride. Disgusting.
This PPV was a huge disappointment. I don't know if you noticed but a face pretty much went over in every match. There were no heel wins to balance it out, and therefore the PPV just didn't feel right. The worst result of the night was Punk being shaved bald, because I feel that that loss really will take some recovering from, espeicially if he is not continuing the feud with Mysterio. He needs to get revenge (and big) to come back from this huge loss.
It is therefore with regret that I have to declare this the worst PPV I have ever watched and hence I give it a 1/5 rating. Absolutely awful.