WWE Over the Limit 2011: John Cena vs. Miz, and the Top Five Feuds on RAW
WWE Over the Limit is steadily approaching, as is the case with every WWE pay-per-view these days.
Judging by the way things are shaping up just one week out from the pay-per-view, it appears as if WWE will continue a couple of WrestleMania-inspired feuds, while moving towards newer rivalries as the card trickles down.
Some rivalries have overstayed their welcome, while others seem to have fans more captivated in their embryonic phases.
WWE is once again looking to churn out some fresh faces in the main event as they push stars to heights they have not yet reached, and an effectively executed feud will be the key to their success.
5. John Morrison vs. R-Truth
This feud has been placed on the backburner while John Morrison recovers from minimally invasive neck surgery, but it was one of the most entertaining and intriguing feuds on RAW prior to Morrison suffering a minor neck injury.
R-Truth has been reborn in WWE, and while they are pushing him, he will only continue to flourish.
Morrison will have a built in feud once he returns from injury in a few weeks, and I fully expect these two superstars to pick up where they left off on the strength of entertaining, heat-building promos from R-Truth and athletically sound matches from both men.
4. Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler
Many seem to believe that this once red-hot feud should have ended at WrestleMania, and I can't say that I disagree.
Michael Cole has been Vince McMahon's pet project for years, and Cole has been a return on investment through the development of his easily detestable heel character.
Cole continues to taunt Jerry Lawler's dead mother, which was something I found effective for storyline purposes when he first did it.
While I still don't mind the tasteless and personal remarks from Cole, as they feed into the storyline, they seem to have symbolized the feud itself as it is starting to repeat itself and become tired.
WWE has followed a pattern for months now in that they will do everything in their power, and add as many bells and whistles to the Michael Cole character, to make him as annoying and deplorable as possible.
Cole's bogus win at WrestleMania XXVII, followed by a cheap victory over Jim Ross, has allowed him to proclaim himself as "the only undefeated character in WWE," as Cole shamelessly continues to pat himself on the back more than Kevin Eck when he correctly predicts an otherwise foreseeable pro wrestling storyline.
Since his slow-burning heel turn, Cole has been Knighted, he's dressed up like Jim Ross and he has constructed the Cole Mine as his "hate me" accessories begin to accumulate faster than straight-to-video movies did in the Olsen Twins empire.
That being said, don't be surprised at all if he defeats Jerry Lawler at WWE Over the Limit, and adds yet another "hate me" accessory in the form of Jerry Lawler's Hall of Fame Ring.
3. Mason Ryan vs. The Nexus
The New Nexus, including CM Punk, has been reduced to a prop to get Mason Ryan over. The only time we see David Otunga and Michael McGillicutty these days is when they hit the ring only to be disposed of seconds later like Foot Soldiers or
Silly Putty the Putty Patrol...depending on whether you were into Power Rangers or Ninja Turtles.
Whispers have begun to surface that WWE is keeping Ryan strong in the event that Batista comes crawling back, so that the two could have a doppleganger feud a la Kane vs. Kane or the Undertaker vs. the Undertaker...depending on whether you were into Kane or the Undertaker.
WWE has begun to tease tension between Ryan and the Nexus as he appears to have gotten too big for his britches. Ryan had an impressive showing two weeks ago on RAW, as he took out both Kane and the Big Show all by his lonesome, much to the chagrin of the rest of his stable.
With CM Punk likely taking some time off in the near future, it will be interesting to see whether he gets fed to Ryan, as a victory over the former multiple-time World Champion would definitely be a feather in his cap.
2. John Cena vs. the Miz
One of the last ties to WrestleMania XXVII lies in the WWE Championship feud between John Cena and the Miz.
This will be the third consecutive pay-per-view where the two face off with the WWE Championship at stake, and while this feud has not yet reached the level of staleness of Cole-Lawler, it will be a tough sell on pay-per-view next Sunday as the two will be involved in an "I Quit" Match.
They say never to say never in the wrestling business, but I think it's safe to say that WWE would never book John Cena to say "I Quit" especially as a babyface.
Few people are buying the fact that Miz could go over in this match, although Miz could use some shady tactic like using a recording while Cena lay unconscious a la the Rock at the 1999 Royal Rumble.
1. R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio Jr.
This is the newest feud involving R-Truth on RAW, as John Morrison recovers from neck surgery. As unfortunate as Morrison's injury is, it proved to be helpful in getting Truth over as a dangerous heel.
It will only be more helpful for Truth to be fed the veteran Rey Mysterio, as WWE will likely look to keep him strong until he resumes his feud with Morrison.
R-Truth's promos have been entertaining since turning heel, and the street-tough gimmick, while stereotypical, is refreshing on a RAW (and in a company) filled with slow-talking heels wearing suits.
R-Truth and Rey Mysterio will figure to have very entertaining matches, and the more R-Truth is pushed as a potentially new challenger for the WWE Championship, the more interested I become in the RAW brand.