WWE presents Over the Limit 2012, live from North Carolina. Tonight's event is headlined by internet darlings CM Punk versus Daniel Bryan. In addition, John Cena battles Raw and Smackdown GM John Laurinaitis. Here are the results from WWE Over the Limit 2012, as well as the hits and misses from this evening's program.
Hit - People Power Battle RoyalWe start with a battle royal full of lower card players, and a few well known names like The Miz and Christian and The Great Khali. The winner of the match will get a chance at either the United Stated Championship or the Intercontinental Championship. Rhodes and Santino are at ringside for the match. Darren Young has some really bright neon green tights, luckily he is eliminated by Alex Riley. Riley has a fight with former friend Miz before being eliminated by him. Tyson Kid is one of the last four, which is surprising. Christian wins the battle royal, last eliminating Christian. I'm not a big fan of Christian, but the match was a favorable way to start off the event. Christian chooses Santino Marella to wrestle later in the evening.
Hit - Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler vs. Kofi Kingston and R-TruthVickie Guerrero introduces her team of Dolph and Swagger. Vicki has turned into a superb heel manager and reminds me of a new generation Sensational Queen Sherri. And WWE doesn't get enough credit for working with her after Eddie's death. They gave her a job and worked hard with her. The company should be complimented. On to the match. Swagger and Kingston start the match by exchanging some basic wrestling holds. I never realized how many punches R-Truth throw. Ziggler hits a nice reverse bodyslam, but production misses it because of a double feature replay. Ziggler lands a right hand on Kingston, but the whole story gets lost because Truth just hit 50 punches before that. Ziggler and Swagger pull some nice double team moves on R-Truth including a wheel barrel into a face buster. Kingston comes in for the hot tag and flies all over the ring. He's awesome. Kingston gets the pin on Ziggler after a "Trouble in Paradise" kick. A dignified and competitive match. A definite hit.
Hit - Beth Phoenix vs. LaylaThe Divas Championship match is up next, with the monstrous Beth Phoenix looking to regain her belt. There was some blameless action, but very color by numbers. It didn't seem like the women were interested in telling a story through their actions, but just doing moves for the sake of doing moves. The Glamazon starts to work Layla's knee, so she is trying. Layla turns a press slam into a modified DDT, which was kind of cool. Layla retains the championship with a neck breaker out of nowhere. The match started slow, but picked up towards the middle and end. A refreshing Diva's match for once.
Hit - Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton vs. SheamusThe top stars of Smackdown come together for a Fatal Four Way bout for the World Heavyweight Championship. Sheamus and Orton tease a fight early on, and after the two take care of the heels, they start beating one another with kicks and punches. After the brief fight, Jericho and Del Rio double team Orton on the inside of the ring. The two then move on to Sheamus. Sheamus is spending a lot of time on the outside, while Del Rio, Jericho and Orton take turns working in the ring. Sheamus gets back in and works with Del Rio for a few minutes, before Orton and Jericho come back into play. Orton hits two signature powerslams. He also hits a double DDT on Del Rio and Ricardo Rodriguez. Too much action at the end to explain in writing. Some real gainful counters and reversals. Sheamus finally gets the pin on Jericho. I was expecting a clustered mess but this was a very good bout. A surefire hit.
Miss - Miz vs. FunkasaurusThis is the second time we see The Miz for the evening, as he was featured in the battle royal. The Miz claims to be the chief dancer in WWE and hits some Michael Jackson moves before Brodus Clay comes to the ring. I see this gimmick done on indy wrestling shows all the time. Works on that low level, but not on pay per view. The match was nothing overly complicated, yet still came off sloppy. Clay hits a second rope suplex before hitting Miz with a splash for the duke. This match was nothing more than time filler.
Miss - Christian vs. Cody RhodesDuring a backstage segment, battle royal winner Christian decided he wanted to wrestle Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship. Rhodes starts off with punches, and Christian makes a quick comeback before Rhodes pushes him into the steel stairs on the outside. Rhodes hits a beautiful superplex to continue the brutal beating on underdog Christian. After a few more minutes, Christian rallies the troops and but misses a top rope cross body block. The two try some near falls, but the crowd seems expired. This wasn't a bad match, but it wasn't really a hit. Average at best. I will give it a miss because of the slow start and the anti-climatic finish.
Hit - Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk
Hardcore smart marks are going wild, as these two internet darlings make their way to the ring. A wild "Yes!" chant breaks out during Daniel Bryan's introducton. The match starts off with some basic wrestling and then Punk targeting the leg. Bryan comes back with some kicks of his own. CM Punk hooks an Indian Deathlock submission, but Bryan comes back with some vicious forearms. Looks like the two are just recycling old Ring of Honor spots. Daniel Bryan breaks out a Surfboard submission and tries to overhook Punk's head, but is unable to keep the move together. Crowd is still alive and into the bout. Punk starts to fight back with some elbow strikes but Bryan comes back with a kneedrop to the kidney. Punk rocks a comeback after a double down, lunging a neck breaker and powerslam. Punk then hits a suicide dive to the padded outside. Big difference from the concrete they used to dive onto. Near fall by challenger Bryan after a vicious kick to the head. Crowd erupts in a noticeable "this is awesome" chant. The two exchanged legit head butts in the center of the ring, and I thought that was unneeded. Considering all the controversy with sports concussions, it's just a bad time to be slamming skulls together on purpose. Bryan grabs the "Yes Lock" and we get the dramatic submissions moment. CM Punk rolls back and gets the pin during the submission. There was some controversy about whether Punk was tapping out or not. This finish will lead to future matches. The match was great. Everything I expected it to be.
Miss - Camacho vs. Ryback
After the championship bout, we get another Ryback filler bout. The only noteworthy thing here was it wasn't a complete squash. The match was fine for what it was but I've seen it numerous times prior to tonight.
Miss - John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis
The main event is John Cena versus general manager John Laurinaitis. We get some goofy spots, including John Cena an airplane spin and ringing the bell against the General Manager's head. Cena is obviously just having fun with Laurinaitis. This reminds me of the Bret Hart versus Vince McMahon from Wrestlemania. Well, at least the announcers are having fun. Cena dumps three bottles over John Laurinaitis, and I feel like I'm watching a Nickelodeon show. Awful. Laurinaitis finally attacks Cena's injured arm, and starts mounting an offense, including the use of a steel chair. Laurinaitis tries to escape the arena, but the recently fired Big Show brings him back out. I smell a turn. Sure enough, Big Show knocks out Cena. Laurinaitis gets the win. What an epic waste of time.
WWE Over the Limit 2012 was a bit of a mess. There were some really good matches like CM Punk versus Daniel Bryan, but the John Cena mess was a bad way to end the night. The pay per view was better than expected but still slightly disappointing.
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