WWE Over the Limit Review - May 22, 2011
The show kicked off with Rey Mysterio and R-Truth, which proved to be an excellent choice. Truth's promo was a smart move in order to give him some more heat prior to his match. Him and Mysterio bonded well, and I'm glad Truth went over cleanly to establish himself as a top heel on RAW.
The Intercontinental Championship Match wasn't great, but certainly better than expected. Ezekiel Jackson is still improving, so it was smart to keep the title with Wade Barrett for the time being. The disqualification finish, however, was not creative by any means seeing we witness the same thing each week.
Sin Cara and Chavo Guerrero put on a great match as expected, with the only thing holding it back was the botches performed by Sin Cara. Does this mean he won't be featured on live television as prominently? Good win for Sin Cara, and I'd like to see the feud continue.
The tag team match was solid for the most part, but highly predictable. I would have never guessed CM Punk's elbow from the top rope was a tribute to Randy Savage due to little reaction from the fans and the commentators failing to recognize it. I was surprised there was no tension between Punk and Ryan, with the suspicion that a Mason Ryan face turn is imminent.
Usually, it is expected for the Divas to provide a terrible match, much like their contest Monday. However, I had hopes that a Kharma appearance could save the disastrous match, but never once came down to interfere. Her feud with Kelly is the hottest thing in the division, and they won't even pursue to continue it? Even worse, Brie ended up retaining her Divas Championship.
Christian and Randy Orton set the bar for the rest of the show, ultimately earning Match of the Night. They were able to top their bout from SmackDown a few weeks ago, and this match has easily become one of my favorites from both men. It was logical to keep the title with Orton, in order to continue the strong feud and eventually turn Christian heel.
I do not care that the Jerry Lawler vs. Michael Cole Match only lasted five minutes, I'm just glad this rivalry is finally over! It was a fun way to go out as well, with special appearances from Jim Ross and Bret Hart.
To say the least, the WWE Championship match was disappointing. I expected a back-and-forth hot match to keep the fans intrigued, but instead we got a handicap domination that lasted 20 minutes. The Champ pulling a win out of his ass and having Miz submit in five seconds further proves my point that Cena's character is boring and stale, makes the Awesome One look weak, and how predictable Cena's matches have become.
Overall, I believe this was a lackluster show that has been rated the worst of the year so far by my standards. The action was decent, but the entire event was flat and no one cared. I had higher hopes than I should have.
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