WWE Over the Limit 2011: 10 Moments to Remember
WWE Over the Limit has been and gone in a heartbeat and Capitol Punishment is next in line on the WWE radar.
Many people had mixed feelings about this pay-per-view and while the buy-rates have yet to be released, I actually enjoyed Over the Limit.
It was not spectacular but it was very watchable and provided WWE fans with many memorable moments.
Here are ten reasons why Over the Limit was worth the money.
R-Truth: A Heel Wins Cleanly
The new generation of WWE heels use evasive tactics and cheat to win instead of sadistic violence.
There is nothing wrong with the Miz, CM Punk or Alberto Del Rio, but they all have very similar ways of winning matches.
Some fans have blamed Alberto Del Rio's lack of heat on the fact that he so often shows signs of cowardice.
It is good to see the WWE creative department do things differently with the newly revamped heel character of R-Truth.
Truth is already a heat magnet and he enters the ring to a chorus of boos. With Del Rio rumoured to be John Cena's scheduled opponent at SummerSlam, R-Truth may be the only contender for the WWE title until then.
So it was good to see Truth pick up a clean victory over the man who never seems to lose despite being named the Ultimate Underdog.
After a solid curtain-jerker, Truth won with his new unnamed finisher.
Ezekiel Jackson Working Well as a Face
There had been some doubt about Big Zeke's capabilities as a face following his exit from the Corre.
However the crowd in Seattle seemed behind the big man and his signature bodyslams led to big pops from the fans.
The audience seemed genuinely disappointed when the Corre interfered to cost Jackson the title and the feud looks set to continue.
Wade Barrett also looked good here with some impressive moves.
Punk never fails to entertain. It is a crime that he isn't booked for the main event.
Punk and Mason Ryan were unable to become tag team champions at the expense of the Big Show and Kane, but the Straight Edge Savior provided us with the usual comedy.
After some hilariously bad acting from Ryan, on discovering that Otunga and McGillicutty had been taken out, Punk simply told them to "walk it off."
Punk's facial expressions on the ring apron during the match really told the story and his in-ring heel psychology is second to none.
Punk also dropped the top-rope elbow as a tribute to his childhood hero, Randy Savage, in a heartwarming moment.
Sin Cara's Pay-Per-View Debut
Despite the laboured hurricanranas and the botched finish, it was good to finally see Sin Cara in a WWE ring on pay-per-view.
He had a decent match with Chavo Guerrero that could have been far better but it still contained some awe-inspiring moments.
When Cara flew, spinning through the air, to ringside, taking out Chavo and landing on his feet, the crowd gasped as one.
This man is clearly an ultra-talented athlete and deserves the time to develop into a main-event talent.
Christian and Randy Orton Stole the Show
Arguably the best WWE pay-per-view match in 2011, Orton and Christian undoubtedly stole the show.
We knew that these two had chemistry in the ring as evidenced by their original title change on SmackDown, but they pulled out all the stops to take it to the next level.
There was huge anticipation and crowd reaction for this match, and the two seasoned veterans put on a clinic.
Both wrestlers tried to match each other in the early going by demonstrating their skill as athetes.
Then Christian shook things up with some fresh moves: the spinebuster and a diving headbutt.
Orton also added an inverted Boston crab to his moveset, which looked extremely painful.
The spot of the match came when Christian went high-risk. Orton anticipated the RKO, but Captain Charisma hesitated and caught Orton with a sunset flip.
Christian even used Edge's spear after Orton had shown reluctance to punt his opponent.
Ultimately Orton won with an RKO out of nowhere but hopefully this feud can continue.
A Show of Respect from Orton to Christian
After the match, it was good to see the respect these athletes have for each other as in-ring competitors.
It was an old-fashioned babyface match, a rarity these days. But the crowd really got a kick out of seeing two wrestlers going out there and wrestling.
There was no element of sports entertainment and drama, just good old-fashioned wrassling.
Commentary That Actually Adds Something to the Match
There was a notable difference once Cole and King left to prepare for their match.
Booker T and Josh Matthews were able to call the match and analyse the action without petty squabbling and arguments.
They were really invested in the match and put the wrestlers over which is something that Cole does not do.
Hopefully this will change now that he has seemingly apologised and returned to normal. During his heel phase, he was only worried about talking himself up.
The introduction of JR for the main event was also welcome as when he calls the action, he lives in the moment and puts his heart and soul into commentary. He could make you believe that a match between Mark Henry and the Great Khali was a five star classic and he was in good form at Over the Limit.
Michael Cole Finally Gets What He Deserves
It should have happened at WrestleMania but Cole's comeuppance was delayed until Over the Limit.
He was physically dominated by the King, humiliated by Eve Torres and drenched in barbecue sauce by JR.
He eventually had to kiss Lawler's sweaty foot in a moment that hopefully signifies the end of Cole's over the top heel persona.
Bret Hart Makes a Surprise Return
It was good to see Bret Hart back in a WWE ring and he received a standing ovation from the fans.
I thought at one point that Hart was the anonymous GM come to give Cole what he deserved because there was no forewarning of Hart's involvement in the feud.
The sight of Michael Cole in the Sharpshooter was fitting and the embrace between Lawler and Hart showed that they have put their past real-life problems behind them.
Miz Looks Strong
Although Alex Riley was almost constantly at his side, the Miz still showed a more aggressive side in his I Quit match with John Cena.
Cena was on the back foot for much of the match, where Miz displayed a sadistic wrestling style before unseen.
His attempt to play the recording of Cena quitting was ingenious but predictable. It has been done before.
However the match was restarted and Cena retained the title as deep down, we all knew he would.
But he also put over Miz in this match by allowing the former champion to dominate him and hopefully the Awesome One will not now get lost in the shuffle like Jack Swagger.