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Tonight Sheamus faces 3 other competitors looking to capture the World Title, CM Punk faces former friend Daniel Bryan for the WWE Title and can John Cena defeat Raw and Smackdown General Manager John Laurenitis and send Big Johnny to the unemployment line? Its time for WWE's Over The Limit.
-People Power Battle Royal, Winner Faces Either the Intercontinental or United States Champion Later in the PPV: As the show comes on the air the match is already in progress and among them is the returning Christian. Its not too bad, it does feature a lot of jobbers like Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, the Usos though Miz is among the superstars included. One elimination of note is when Titus O'Neill, Darren Young and Miz get rid of The Great Khali, the crowd cheers big for William Regal but he gets eliminated which the fans boo. Its down Christian, Miz and David Otunga who double team Christian, but Otunga gets tossed out. Miz and Christian battle and Christian hits a spear knocking Miz off the apron to the floor. 6/10. He then motions to Santino Marella so it will be Christian vs. Santino for the U.S Title later tonight.
-WWE Tag Team Championship Match, R-Truth & Kofi Kingston (Champions) vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler: Here's a good tag match that features the usual good double teaming, Truth and Kofi hit some good high flying offense, Dolph and Jack do display good amateur skills and ground both men. They cut the ring off and wear down Kofi for a few before the hot tag is made to Truth, who hits a nice corkscrew elbow on Jack but a distraction allows him to hit a running Vader Bomb for two. Truth gets worked over before tagging Kofi who hits the expected jumping clotheslines and kicks including the Boom Drop on Ziggler. The closing minutes are gold as both teams prevent the 3 count, Truth hits a dive on Swagger on the outside, Kofi hits Trouble In Paradise and covers Dolph to retain the titles. 6/10.
-Backstage David Otunga and Eve are talking to Curt Hawkins and Tyler Reks about going into the crowd and removing any anti-Laurenitis signs.
-WWE Diva's Championship Match, Layla (Champion) vs. Beth Phoenix: Last month Layla returned at Extreme Rules and won the Diva's title and Beth was out to regain the belt. Layla starts out with some quick moves but Beth shows her strength and stomps down the champ for a bit, the crowd starts a "We Want Kharma" chant and really doesn't seem to care one bit about the match. Beth starts targeting the knee, wrapping it around the ring post, Layla counters a press slam into a DDT for two and the crowd boos. After kicking out of a roll-up, Layla hits a neckbreaker out of nowhere and covers to retain the title. 3/10, mainly cause the crowd just didn't care.
-Matt Striker is backstage with Chris Jericho and Randy Orton, where Chris talks about how he will become a World Champion for the seventh time. Randy says if he gets in his way he'll get an RKO.
-Fatal Four Way Match for the World Heavyweight Championship, Sheamus (Champion) vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Randy Orton vs. Chris Jericho: Coming into the match each of these guys had run-ins and matches with each other and the 3 challengers each wanted to lay claim to the title. During Del Rio's entrance the crowd starts a "Si, Si, Si" chant and for the third straight PPV Sheamus gets a large amount of booing. Like most fatal four ways this has the pairing off and also unexpected double teaming as each man looked to gain the advantage and sneak in a quick pinfall. Everyone gets some good spots in and the pace rarely slows down, even during the expected submission holds, Del Rio and Sheamus have a good match in a match, then Jericho and Orton square off.
Del Rio comes in and locks on the Cross Arm Breaker but Jericho breaks it up, the pace really picks up as each goes for their finisher. Nice spot where Orton hits the DDT off the second rope on Alberto and Ricardo, Jericho counters the arm breaker into the Walls, then hits a Codebreaker on Sheamus but only for two. Orton is in hits an RKO on Chris then Alberto, gets the Brogue Kick, Sheamus then hits White Noise on Jericho and covers him to retain the title. 8/10.
-Cody Rhodes is backstage with Eve, where Rhodes says Christian made the wise choice to face Santino instead of himself as Christian wouldn't have been able to beat him. Christian appears behind Cody and says he changed his mind and he'll face Rhodes instead.
-The Miz vs. Brodus Clay: Miz comes out and tries doing some dancing of his own but gets cut off by Brodus's music, its the usual Brodus match he uses his strength but Miz does hit some good moves and sends Clay into the ring post. Miz does hit a couple of nice double axe handles off the top rope, but Brodus comes back with his usual moves however does hit a nice throw off the top then the splash and covers to win. 4/10.
-Hawkins and Reks are in the crowd taking anti-Laurenitis signs from "fans" aka plants in the audience.
-WWE Intercontinental Championship Match, Cody Rhodes (Champion) vs. Christian: Cody cuts a promo on the fans especially North Carolina even referencing his dad Dusty Rhodes, the crowd cheers for Christian whose now a good guy for some reason. The match isn't bad though is kept short given how Christian already had wrestled in the opening match, Cody works over Christian keeping him down even hitting a nice superplex off the top. Once Christian makes his comeback the pace picks up, Cody does hit a nice moonsault but only for two. As Rhodes is bad mouthing Christian he gets sent into the post, Christian hits the Killswitch and covers to win the title. 6/10.
-Josh Matthews is interviewing CM Punk where he talks about how he's known Daniel Bryan for years and that he's changed for the worse. AJ appears and says that this match will be a lot of fun to watch and Punk looks at her and walks off stunned.
-WWE Championship Match, CM Punk (Champion) vs. Daniel Bryan: For years they fought on the independent circuit and into Ring of Honor and now to one of the main events of a WWE PPV. The crowd cheers both men and the usual "Yes, Yes, Yes" chants follow Bryan, along with "CM Punk chants. It starts with good wrestling by both men as the crowd is split in their chants, both use good kicks and some submission moves as Punk works over the left knee of Bryan. However soon Daniel locks on a shoulder stretch working on the arm and midsection of Punk, then a surfboard but Punk comes back with hammer fists.
Punk makes a comeback but Bryan thwarts it and hits a nice flying headbutt then locks on a modified camel clutch, Punk starts battling back and the crowd is once again split on the chants. Both guys keep going all out, Punk locks on a figure four but Bryan gets to the ropes, Daniel keeps up the attack and neither man will stay down. The crowd starts a "This is Awesome" chant, after a big diving elbow by Punk there's a "Randy Savage" chant. Bryan catches Punk off the running bulldog and locks on the Yes Lock, but Punk rolls him onto his shoulders for three just as Punk was tapping out, but Punk retains the title. 10/10.
-Eve and Otunga are backstage they run into Teddy Long, who says he's looking foward to tonight's main event, then with a water bottle in hand he needs to make sure Laurenitis he has enough protein for his match. Kinda odd end to the segment.
-Camacho w/Hunico vs. Ryback: If you've seen the last couple of months of Smackdown then you know what to expect here, though why WWE felt the need to zoom the camera up to an inch from Ryback's face I'll never know. Ryback throws around Camacho, behind the referee's back Hunico hits a kick to the back of Ryback's head, then Camacho knocks him off his feet. Then we get Ryback's usual moves including a muscle buster type move and covers to win. 2/10.
-John Laurenitis vs. John Cena, If Laurenitis Loses Then He is Fired: For weeks Laurenitis had targeted John Cena blaming him for Brock Lesnar leaving the WWE and proceeded to make Cena's life very difficult, which led to this match where no one could interfere or they and Laurenitis would be fired on the spot and you could only win by pinfall or submission. Its mostly a comedy match, Cena does an airplane spin and Johnny falls out of the ring, Cena brings out the ring bell and rings it by Johnny's ear a couple of times. Back in the ring Johnny tries for a handshake but Cena slams him, goes for a mic then says he's gonna put him in the STF and says he'll let go if he can last 10 seconds, this goes on for a bit with Cena even taking a water break.
Cena pours water on him then down his pants, then sprays a fire exstinguisher on him for a few seconds, pours a trash can on him on the outside. Shockingly Laurenitis wrenchs Cena's bad arm then targets it with a steel chair, but Cena grabs the chair and does the Five Knuckle Shuffle with it, but Johnny hits a lowblow. Laurenitis goes to escape through the crowd, in the ring Cena looks confused, the recently "fired" Big Show comes out with Laurenitis in his grasp then brings him in the ring. Now Johnny is between both Cena and Show, Laurenitis pleads with Show, Cena goes for the AA and Show hits the Knockout Punch and stands in the corner. Johnny covers Cena and pins him. 5/10. Show helps Laurenitis up then leaves the ring.
Not a bad PPV, the title matches save this show and the vast majority of the other matches aren't too bad with only the squash and Diva's matches being the downers.