WWE Over the Limit 2011 Results: Match-by-Match Breakdown
It's time for WWE's second annual Over the Limit pay-per-view. Last year's show featured some pretty great matches, along with numerous extreme spots, which resulted in injuries, blood, and other non-PG events.
This years event had big shoes to fill, as last year's Over the Limit turned out to be one of the best pay-per-views of 2010.
The card was packed, with some matches that look awesome on paper, but did the show turn out great, or was it a dud?
Read through, as I break down each match and give every bout a rating on a scale of 1-10.
As always, leave a comment below with your thoughts on Over the Limit.
Randy Savage Dedication
For anyone who did not see Over the Limit, WWE did open the show with a nice graphic that read "In Memory: "Macho Man" Randy Savage: 1952 - 2011."
It was unknown if WWE would pay tribute on TV, but it looks like Vince McMahon was able to do what the vast majority of fans would consider to be the right thing.
R-Truth def. Rey Mysterio
The first match of the night is R-Truth vs. Rey Mysterio.
R-Truth comes out first and cuts a promo, taking some jabs at Seattle and its less-than-dry climate, and, of course, talks a little bit about Little Jimmy, his imaginary frenemy.
The match turned out to be a great way to open the show, it kept a fast pace, and the crowd seemed to be hooked, which is definitely the right way to start the night.
Rey Mysterio gave up some spots that only Rey can pull off, and R-Truth actually complemented Rey's style nicely. R-Truth's new gimmick clearly is over, and turning him heel was definitely the right move.
R-Truth defeated Rey Mysterio, threw a water bottle in his face, and that was the end.
Match Rating: 7 out of 10.
Intercontinental Championship: Ezekiel Jackson def. Wade Barrett (via DQ)
The next match on the card is Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson for the Intercontinental Championship.
The match started and basically just saw Jackson hammering Barrett. Punches, kicks, and tackles.
Then the tables turned and Barrett started to just punch, kick, and toss Jackson around.
There was quite a bit of back and forth action that went on for the whole match.
In an extreme predictable sequence of events, Jackson had Barrett seemingly beaten, when The Corre interfered, getting Barrett disqualified.
Jackson won the match via DQ, but was demolished by The Corre.
For the most part, the match moved at a slow pace, was predictable, and really just wasn't that good... at all.
Match Rating: 3 out of 10.
Sin Cara def. Chavo Guerrero
The third match on the card was Sin Cara vs. Chavo Guerrero.
It looks like WWE is standing behind their decision to change the arena lights to gold and blue when Cara has a match. It's kind of annoying.
Especially when they go to the ringside area, which is lighted blue, it's simply hard to see. Even in the ring, which is lighted gold, it get's awkward and takes away from the match.
The match was somewhat choppy, with a big, high flying spot, and then nothing for a while. The pattern repeated for most of the match, although at select times action did pick up.
The weird lighting also took away from the match. It may not sound like a big deal, but it really gets odd.
In the end, Sin Cara defeated Chavo with a roll-up.
Match Rating: 5 out of 10.
Alberto Del Rio Gets on the Mic
Alberto Del Rio, who was not on the card, came out (in a Bentley) and got on the mic.
He takes some jabs at the Seattle crowd and talks about how he is fine with not being in the main event.
Kane and The Big Show interrupt him, Kane expresses his disappointment about the lack of a Rapture, Big Show threatens to punch Del Rio, and he leaves.
It was a somewhat blunt way to just throw someone on the card, just to get them on TV, but the Rapture jokes made it worthwhile.
WWE Tag Team Championships: Kane and Big Show def. CM Punk and Mason Ryan
Kane and Big Show drive Alberto Del Rio out of the ring, and the tag team match begins.
The last pay-per-view match CM Punk won was at Extreme Rules 2010, over one year ago. Tonight, the streak was extended one more show.
Kane and The Big Show defeated CM Punk and Mason Ryan in a long, but just all right match.
Match Rating: 5.5 out of 10.
Divas Championship: Brie Bella def. Kelly Kelly
Next up was the Divas match, Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella.
I feel like a broken record every time I talk about a Divas match, but the match was really nothing special at all.
Kelly Kelly managed to pull off a spot or two, but all in all, the match was everything you'd expect from any of the WWE Divas not named Beth, Natalya, or Kharma.
Nikki and Brie do their swap routine, and Nikki gets the win for Brie to retain the Divas Championship.
Surprisingly, there was no sign of Kharma after the match.
Match Rating: 3 out of 10.
World Heavyweight Championship: Randy Orton def. Christian
Next up, we have Randy Orton vs. Christian for the World Heavyweight Championship.
Most fans were absolutely outraged when Christian lost the World Heavyweight Championship to Randy Orton just two days (five including the tape-delay) after winning the Title at Extreme Rules.
But at the very least, fans can be happy that Christian is now a main eventer. It may not last for the rest of his career, but we're seeing Christian finally get the run at the top he deserves.
The match was awesome (no Miz pun intended). It kept a nice pace, and kept building and building, exactly how a match should.
In the end, Orton defeated Christian to retain the World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Christian and Orton shook hands, which is a nice thing to see after a match like the one they had.
Match Rating: 8.5 out of 10.
Kiss My Foot Match: Jerry Lawler def. Michael Cole
Michael Cole comes out to Jerry Lawler and explains that he has a doctor's note that will get him out of wrestling.
The note says that Cole's athlete's foot has become infected and it would be unsafe for Lawler to kiss it.
He hands the note to the referee, who declares it's a fake and starts the match.
Lawler rips Cole's pants pretty much all the way off about a minute into the match, so now Cole is running around with no pants on... just wonderful (sense the sarcasm there).
Not too long after that, Cole attempts to make Lawler kiss his nasty foot, but Lawler counters and begins the assault on Cole.
Lawler defeats Cole after a right hand off the ropes, but the segment is really just beginning.
Before Cole kisses Lawler's foot, the King brings out Eve, who hits Cole with a moonsault and he brings out Jim Ross, who pours some of his BBQ sauce on Cole.
Cole is going back up the ramp, and says he won't kiss Lawler's foot, but out comes Bret Hart! Bret tosses Cole into the ring and puts a half-naked, BBQ-sauce-covered Cole in the Sharpshooter. While he is in the Sharpshooter, Lawler sticks his foot in Cole's mouth.
Match Rating: 1 out of 10.
Keep in mind the rating is only for the bell-to-bell match.
WWE Championship "I Quit" Match: John Cena Def. The Miz with Alex Riley
The main event of the night is John Cena vs. The Miz in an "I Quit" Match for the WWE Championship.
The Miz takes the mic and talks about their upcoming match, and reminds Cena that anything goes, which means Alex Riley can also be apart of the match.
Last year John Cena and Batista main evented Over the Limit, also in a "I Quit" Match, and that match turned out to be absolutely awesome (Miz pun not intended, but I'll take it). This year's match was very good, but not quite as great as last year's main event.
The Miz dominated the beginning half of the match with the help of Alex Riley. John Cena experienced sporadic bursts of superhuman strength, like those moms who throw Hummers yards away to save their babies, but for the most part, The Miz and Alex Riley were in control.
At one point, we even saw The Miz nail Cena with a brutal chair shot straight to the head.
The was seemingly over when Cena said "I Quit", but the referee discovered that The Miz and Alex Riley had rigged a phone to say "I Quit." And so the match continues.
By the time the match continues, Cena is all better and from that point on, dominates The Miz and Riley, and Cena gets The Miz to say "I Quit."
Match Rating: 7 out of 10.
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