WWE Over the Limit Results: John Cena Retains the Title and 10 Things We Learned
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Over the Limit is now over, and all I can say is that it was a somehow decent event with few watchable matches. The next coming event is Capitol Punishment, WWE's newest PPV which replaced Fatal Four Way.
As usual, I'll break down several things we learned from the event.
All said and done, let the show begin.
(All PPV photos are courtesy of WWE.com)
1. WWE Remembered Macho Man
Before the event started, an"In Memory of" graphic honoring Randy Savage was shown. That was the only mention for the "Macho Man" in this PPV.
Now many people might think that this wasn't enough, but I disagree. Don't forget that this isn't a regular TV show, so not all fans were watching.
For a pay-per-view, I think it was enough. Who knows? Maybe WWE will have more things to say about him tonight on RAW? We'll have to wait and see. Anyway, it was indeed a classy move by WWE.
CM Punk even performed a Macho Man style diving elbow drop during his match. He also had the word "Macho" written on his arm bands.
2. R-Truth Is Rising as a Heel and the Conspiracy Theory Continues
R-Truth opened the show with another heel promo that pulled notable heat. Again, he started telling us how he was a victim of conspiracy. He told fans that dancing for them got him nowhere.
I know that this has been said dozens of times by now, but R-Truth is now considered a major star with his new heel character.
And not only this, but Truth was able to defeat Rey Mysterio fair and square with no interference. Many people expected Alberto Del Rio to interfere while others predicted a victory for Mysterio.
R-Truth smacked Mysterio's head with a bottle of water after the match adding insult to injury.
That was definitely a surprising win for Truth, and it seems he's on the rise as of now. What's next for him? A World Title shot? We'll have to wait and see.
Anyway, I was glad to see the show begin with such a good match. Too bad things didn't continue at the same level.
3. Things Between Corre and Ezekile Jackson Might Not Be over Yet
That was a somehow slow and disappointing match. It had some back and forth moments, but there was nothing major. It saw each superstar gain control for a certain moment before things switch to the other opponent. As I said, the action was very slow.
Just when Ezekiel Jackson seemed to be winning the match, Corre members Justin Gabriel and Heath Slater stormed the ring and attacked their former partner causing a disqualification. After the match, Wade Barret joined the beating.
Since titles cannot change hands via disqualification, Barret is still the Intercontinental Champion. However, I guess Jackson might get another title shot. Furthermore, things between him and Corre seem to be heating up and not ending anytime soon.
I had some high hopes for this match, but all I got was disappointment.
4. Sin Cara's PPV Debut Match Was Successful but Somehow Shaky
So we finally got to see Sin Cara's PPV debut match. Honestly speaking, I was looking forward to this match due to several reasons.
I thought that Chavo and Cara would put on a great show considering they both have similar styles. Unfortunately, the match didn't live up to my hopes.
Don't get me wrong, there were many cool spots but something felt uncomfortable as I watched. I felt that the match was more about flying spots with some pauses in between them. Moreover, I felt that there were some botched hurricanranas.
In the end, Cara won after a botched head-scissors maneuver that was hard to watch.
Of course, the lights effect we see in every Sin Cara match were there as you can see in the photo.
I guess Cara shouldn't have skipped the developmental programs. I know it's not always his fault, but at least he would have got used to WWE's style and superstars there.
Anyway, I'm still impressed, but I had better expectations for this match.
5. WWE Cares for Alberto Del Rio
Alberto Del Rio wasn't booked for the show, but still, WWE couldn't keep him off TV and gave him some time in this PPV.
He just went over to remind us who he is and that he'll be the next WWE Champion regardless of who wins later. He talked about immigration problems. But he said that they are available in Seattle due to "sneaky Canadians" crossing the border to USA. He received loud boos for this.
No need to tell you about the rest of his promo because "you already know" what he always says.
In the end, he was interrupted by Kane and Big Show who came in for their match. Kane said that he's already angry because the rapture didn't come yesterday. He then told Alberto that if he doesn't leave the ring his destiny is to wind up just like MicGillicutty and Otunga did backstage earlier.
Anyway, many people might think that this was a random promo, and I agree. But still, it showed that WWE cares for Del Rio and cannot think of leaving him off TV.
Do you think he'll be the next challenger for Cena's title? Only time will tell.
I wrote a preview article prior to the show on the possible roles of superstars who weren't booked for the card. Del Rio was among those superstars, and he was the only one to make an appearance. You can find the article here.
6. New Nexus Lost and Punk's PPV Losing Streak Continues
Once again, CM Punk finds himself on the losing side in a PPV match, and his losing streak that has been running since Over the Limit 2010 (ironic, right?) continues.
Whether in singles or tag-team matches, losing a PPV match has become a habit for the Straight Edge Superstar.
Anyway, the match was decent. As I said in the second slide, Punk performed a Macho Man style elbow drop as a tribute to Randy Savage. He also had the word "Macho" written on his arm bands.
In the end, Big Show and Kane pulled a double-chokeslam on Mason Ryan and Show covered him for the win.
I wonder how long Nexus will keep running. Same thing goes for Corre.
7. Fans Were Tricked by the Divas Match
Brie Bella, or should I say Nikki Bella, defeated Kelly Kelly in an alright match. The Bellas were able to win after doing there usual twin-switch magic behind the referee's back.
Unfortunately for Kelly, she missed another opportunity to win her first ever championship.
Anyway, the match ended and, as usual, we all waited for the weird laugh to play and for Kharma to come in. Surprisingly, nothing happened and the show went on.
Kharma's appearance was teased by WWE prior to the event, but it seemed they only wanted to play with the fans. Anyway, I guess this wasn't really major as she did confront the Bellas and Kelly before. But many people were looking forward to her. Even I thought that her appearance was a forgone conclusion.
8. Randy Orton and Christian Stole the Show
This was the match of the night by miles. A great performance by both superstars who definitely stole the show. The crowd added a great atmosphere to the match with their reaction.
We witnessed awesome back and forth action with numerous near falls. At a certain point, Randy Orton was about to hit the punt only for Christian to reverse it into a spear. I thought he won the match, but Orton kicked out before the three-count.
In the end, the Viper countered a killswitch and hit the RKO for the win.
After the match, both superstars shook hands and Christian left the ring.
This is a match of the year candidate for sure. It was in a league of its own in this below-average PPV.
We'll now see if Christian will ever get another World Heavyweight Title match.
9. Finally! Michael Cole Got What He Deserved
After months of insulting Jerry Lawler, humiliating Jim Ross and interrupting the Divas matches, Cole got what he truly deserved. After months of cockiness and arrogance, Cole's mouth was finally shut.
Lawler defeated Cole easily and the humiliation began. Everybody came in and got their revenge.
Eve came first and hit a diving moonsault on Cole. Next, JR made a surprise appearance and poured BBQ sauce all over Cole's face. Finally, just when Cole seemed to be escaping kissing Lawler's foot, Bret Hart made a triumphal appearance and shoved him back to the ring. He then locked the sharpshooter on him while King stuck his foot in his mouth.
Is there anything worse than this?
That was my favorite moment of the PPV besides the Orton/Christian match.
Please, WWE. I hope this rivalry ends here.
On a side note, I thought Jack Swagger might interfere in this match but he didn't.
10. All Miz's Plans to Make Cena Quit Failed
Miz said on RAW that there are so many ways he can utilize in order to make Cena utter the words "I Quit." He named several ways and made us believe that he was having some big plans for the match.
Unsurprisingly, he revealed his plan prior to the match. Miz told Cena that this match has no rules and that he can use anything. Alex Riley joined him in the ring and Miz gave Cena a chance to quit before they started. Of course, Cena refused with honor.
The match quickly turned into a two-on-one handicap bout. Cena took the beating of his life with numerous kinds of weapons.
Miz and Riley tried everything possible to make Cena quit. They even threatened two kids in the crowd that they would destroy their favorite superstar if they don't tell him to quit.
In the end, Riley played a recording of Cena saying "I Quit" while holding the mic to Cena's mouth. The referee believed it and declared Miz as the winner.
However, he quickly saw the cell phone and heard the recording. This made him restart the match. Due to a miscommunication between Riley and Miz, Cena was able to capitalize and make Miz quit in no time.
Unfortunately for Miz, all his plans didn't work against Cena. I wonder if he'll get another title shot against him.
Main Topic: Cena Never Gives Up
Never give up! That's the main part of his gimmick. How can someone living on those words quit?
OK, back to reality. I guess we all witnessed one of the weirdest matches ever. I knew beforehand that Cena was going to win. I also expected him to receive some harsh beating. But I never expected to see what we witnessed yesterday.
To summarize the match, Miz and Riley spent 20 minutes punishing John Cena with different weapons for no use. They used a briefcase, steel steps, a chair, a strap and a kendo stick. Cena took a lot of punishment by both guys, but he never gave up. He only made some brief comebacks during the match just to get beat up again.
After the controversial ending to the match, and after the referee restarted it, Cena quickly made use of the miscommunication between Miz and Riley and the rest was history. He took off his belt and whipped Miz hardly before locking the STF for the fast win.
The Champ is still here.
So did you like the event last night? From what I've been reading, most reviews seem to be negative and I can't blame people much here.
Will the new coming PPV be better? What are your thoughts about this poster?
Thanks for reading.
All thoughts and comments are welcome.