WWE: Luke's Over the Limit 2011 Predictions
Only three weeks removed from Extreme Rules, and the next WWE PPV is upon us. Is it just me or having a PPV just three weeks after the previous one always seem a bit like overkill?
Extreme Rules was a really solid PPV last month, every match was a good contest and the only thing which let it down was some horrible booking. It was a relatively Extreme night by WWE standards, but it did fail to impress me as much as the 2010 iteration of the event did.
Overall I give the Extreme Rules 2011 PPV a 7.5/10 rating.
Now, speaking of ratings,I have to bring up last years Over The Limit. To me Over The Limit 2010 was one of the worst PPV's WWE have ever produced.
The match quality was sub par, the booking was absolutely atrocious (how can you have babyfaces go over in every match?), CM Punk was shaved bald in what was the biggest burial of 2010 and, generally, I came out of that PPV wondering why I am a fan of wrestling.
It totally deserved the 4/10 rating I installed upon it.
However, is this a good thing heading into this year's event? For me it probably is because my expectations are so low based on last year that it is very unlikely I'll be disappointed.
The card certainly looks stronger than last years, and for once WWE have made eight matches for a PPV in advance, so hopefully we'll have no shabby last minute matches made at the event. To me, adding matches during a PPV is the ultimate sign that the creative team are not firing on all cylinders.
Anyway, on to the predictions:
Intercontinental Championship: Wade Barrett (c) vs. Ezekiel Jackson
Well, the Corre has already lost one of its key members just months after its inception.
Remember the days of Evolution back in the Ruthless Aggression era? It took a full two years before Randy Orton pulled away from that group, which in the process made him into a star.
Ezekiel Jackson won't gain anything from parting company with The Corre, and The Corre have lost their most intimidating member.
Anyway, its happened, so we have to live with it.
The match has not received too much build, and I cannot see it lasting over the 10-minute mark on the PPV.
Wade Barrett is a fairly good worker in the ring, and Jackson isn't bad for someone his size, but expect nothing special in this match. Its going to be really physical.
I can't really see the point in taking the belt off Barrett, so I'll go with him retaining with help from The Corre.
Winner: Wade Barrett (Still Champion)
Projected Rating: *1/2
Sin Cara vs. Chavo Guerrero
What's this?! Chavo Guerrero wrestling on a PPV?! All I can say is FINALLY!
You know, Chavo really is one of the best ring workers in this business to this day and I am pleased to see him utilised in a way that actually helps make new stars. Really smart booking by WWE.
Last week on Smackdown! we were treated to a match between Daniel Bryan and Sin Cara, a match that I thought stole the show. It was really fresh to see some technical grappling on a WWE show, and it is something that is sorely missed.
I say keep it up, because that match did wonders for Sin Cara and finally I saw something in Daniel Bryan: attitude. I don't know if it was the haircut or facial expressions, but the guy really told a story in that match for the first time in WWE. That was more like the Bryan Danielson from the indy circuit.
WWE really need to give this match over 10 minutes (preferably 15) at the PPV for it to potentially steal the show and mean something. These two have been wrestling at house shows over the past few weeks and have gotten rave reviews.
One thing I will say is that I think its weird to have the special blue and gold lighting for Cara's matches, it just makes his opponent seem irrelevant. It looks cool, but surely he doesn't need it.
I see Sin Cara going over here, in hopefully what will be the start of a feud between these two and the return of Chavo Guerrero to prominence on Smackdown!
Winner: Sin Cara
Projected Rating: ***
Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole (Kiss My Foot Match)
I'm sorry but Cole looks like a total pleb in that photo, it just creases me up looking him. Mr. Satsuma...
Cole's ridiculous wrestling attire is about the only thing positive there is to say about this match. I just want this feud over.
The stipulation in this match is that if Cole wins Lawler will give him his Hall Of Fame ring and personally induct him in the Hall Of Fame.
The winner will not be decided by pinfall or submission, don't be so silly, because the only sensible way to decide a winner here is to get one to kiss the other's foot (***sigh***).
It will be an awful match, and I think we'll see Lawler come out on top to hopefully put this feud to bed once and for all.
Winner: Jerry Lawler
Divas Championship: Brie Bella (c) vs. Kelly Kelly
You could be forgiven for not knowing who the divas champion is at the moment, let alone how long Brie Bella has been champion. All I know is its been too long.
Let's face it, this match exists not due to a feud, but because it gives Kharma the chance to interject herself in it.
Whether or not we see a winner in the match, Kharma will be standing tall at the end. Hopefully after this will mark the start of her actually wrestling matches rather than just interfering every week; it's getting dull now.
Winner: Kelly Kelly (New Champion)
Projected Rating: *
WWE Tag Team Championship: Big Show & Kane vs. CM Punk & Mason Ryan
This card is full of surprises: First we saw Chavo Guerrero given a match on PPV, and now a tag team title match has been made BEFORE the actual event! Things are looking up.
CM Punk was once again buried at WWE Extreme Rules by super Orton, making him by far the most underrated, under utilised talent in the business today.
Some big name WWE alumni have been sticking up for Punk on twitter. Bret Hart, Steve Austin and Paul Heyman have all agreed that Punk is the best heel in the business and should be used a lot better than he is.
Here is what Heyman had to say on the matter:
"I'm sure he will get heat for me saying this, but @CMPunk is STILL the most underutilized talent on the WWE roster. And my apologies to @CMPunk for the heat he'll get, but come on already. Punk is the best heel in the biz today! WAKE THE F**K UP! It's amazing to me (and not in a good way) that WWE doesn't see how @CMPunk has brought out the best in every opponent."
Steve Austin tweeted back to Heyman by saying "Agreed."
Finally, CM Punk responded to Heyman with the following tweet…
@HeymanHustle oh you know me, if I don't have heat I'm doing something wrong. Keeps me warm.
For god sake Vince and Brian Gewirtz, LISTEN! Why keep Punk on Raw to be buried? A move to Smackdown! would have been best, it seems to be so for most people who aren't given a chance on Raw.
Now Punk is in the tag team title picture, and whilst he is way above that, it is at least something that he will be featured on the PPV.
I don't see why WWE would give Punk and Ryan the belts, they have been thrown together as a tag team and the tag titles give Big Show and Kane something to do.
Punk needs to get away from Nexus now and work as a singles competitor on his own, that has always worked best for him.
For the sake of WWE, here is hoping Punk signs a new contract with the company.
Winners: Big Show and Kane (Still Champions)
Projected Rating: **
Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth
R-Truth's heel turn may well have saved his career in the WWE. In one swoop, he has gone from being mid-card jobber to upper mid-carder with matches against top guys on PPV.
Truth has done a truly excellent job as a heel so far, he is convincing and tells a story with his facial features during promos and matches. I love this whole conspiracy victim thing he has going as well, being a whining sadistic heel suits him perfectly.
However, the fact remains that Truth has never really proven himself in the ring to me in all the times I have watched him. He tells a story well now, but his actual move-set and style have always left a bit to be desired for me. Hopefully that will change on Sunday.
I expect a decent match here, full of emotion and with the potential certainly to be a show stopper.
It seems to make sense to give R-Truth the win here to get the ball really rolling with him and to continue this feud heading into the PPV next month.
Then, of course, John Morrison will return and set up a match between the two at Summerslam.
Projected Rating: **1/2
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton (c) vs. Christian
It was truly ridiculous to have Orton beat Christian for the title just five days after he won it for the first time. To me it was a slap to the face of Christian, and I don't give a damn what anyone says about it building to a bigger storyline, its not worth it.
Why not have anyone else in the business win the title for the first time and lose it five days later? I'll tell you why, because its Christian and for some reason Vince has it in his head that Christian cannot carry a brand.
I wouldn't mind if Christian dropped the title at this event, but to take it away so soon was disrespectful to everything Christian has done for the business over the last 17 years. No storyline makes that worthwhile.
It also made Extreme Rules seem pointless as a PPV. It devalued the PPV because why should people pay to see a world title match when they can watch one just as good and see the title change hands days later on Smackdown!?
Christian's title win at Extreme Rules meant nothing because of it, and so really the event itself meant nothing in the end.
Hopefully these two will put on a match to the same standard as their world title match on Smackdown!, if not even higher. No matter what I say about the ridiculous booking that gave Orton the title, I cannot deny that the match itself was a cracker.
I can only see Orton retaining here, it's too much to ask that WWE do the right thing and give the belt back to Christian.
Winner: Randy Orton (Still Champion)
Projected Rating: ***1/2
WWE Championship: John Cena (c) vs. The Miz (I Quit Match)
Before this week's Raw I couldn't have given a damn about this match, but due to the events that unfolded at that show, it now seems more intriguing
The main thing that caused this turn around was Miz's announcement that he has found a way to win at the PPV that nobody has ever thought of before. This actually makes it possible that we'll see a Miz win.
Lets face it, every time John Cena has been in an I Quit match, the outcome has pretty much been a given because Cena never quits, that's basically what his whole character is about.
Last year we saw this at Over The Limit when Cena faced Batista in an I Quit match, which for me made the main event of that PPV so dull and lackluster, which was a shame because that was the last match Batista had in the WWE.
It'll be interesting to see what WWE's creative team has come up with, hopefully it will be clever and more importantly it will hopefully make The Miz look strong in defeat.
So I still see John Cena winning the match, because I believe Miz's plan will backfire, but it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
I expect this match to be a great encounter, and to at least rival some of the things we saw three weeks ago at Extreme Rules in terms of brutality. Therefore I believe that this will be match of the night.
Winner: John Cena (Still Champion)
Projected Rating: ***3/4