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Countdown to WWE Over The Limit
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling





Usually WWE Over The Limit seems like a tedious pay-per-view featuring yet another set of rematches from WrestleMania. This year, however, is different. Instead of being the final blow-off of multiple feuds, this year's edition sees new feuds being hatched as WWE revs up for its summer run.

Over The Limit will see four championships defended, most notably the WWE Championship as CM Punk will defend against Beat the Clock winner Daniel Bryan.

As of now, only five matches are on the docket for the pay-per-view card.

Here is SLAM! Wrestling's look at WWE Over The Limit, as Matt Bishop and Dave Hillhouse preview tonight's action from Raleigh, N.C.


No Disqualification Match: John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

Matt Bishop: I love how Laurinaitis was getting pushed around and beat on by Teddy Long just two short months ago but now he's in the ring with John Cena. And I love how Cena somehow came through to beat Brock Lesnar last month and now, more than likely, he's going to lose to Laurinaitis. You gotta love it, folks.

Dave Hillhouse: I'm less enthusiastic than some about the regurgitated “Mr. McMahon” character found in Laurinaitis' persona, but I certainly agree that he's successfully irritating the fans to no end. There's no way that he loses clean, and there's a decent chance that he doesn't even wrestle. The twist seems to be that Big Show will be revealed as his new lackey, doing his bidding in order to win his job back – and that is Cena's undoing, by hook or by crook.


WWE Championship: CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan

Matt Bishop: This is a weird one. Yes, I'm very happy these two are going to have a match together, but I am disappointed in a sense because this could've been so much more. I feel like some good solid work on the mic from these two, which they are more than capable of, but for some reason, until this past week on Smackdown, there was no real steam put on this match. Sad. I think Punk retains here and continues the longest WWE Championship reign since 2008.

Dave Hillhouse: Don't get me wrong, I'm really happy to see these two together in a match, and potentially in a feud. It just feels a little forced, though, as Bryan was quickly moved away from Sheamus since he was awkwardly more popular than the babyface champ, and put up against Punk who more than holds his own in the fan support department. Ah well, like I said: who cares? It's great to get these two in the ring. AJ's work is really good lately, too, doing much more than a Diva is usually given, and it seems certain that she'll be involved. It's time for Punk to chase again, so give Bryan the win.


Fatal Four Way for the World Heavyweight Championship: Sheamus vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho vs. Randy Orton

Matt Bishop: This should be a fun contest, no doubt. You have four good wrestlers in there and together, they should be able to really work a great match. To me, Sheamus' championship run hasn't really took off like I thought it would. He's just missing something as champion in my mind. That said, which of the other guys in this match have the momentum for the title? I think Jericho might get a short title reign here before he heads off for his Fozzy tour during the summer.

Dave Hillhouse: When in doubt, add more wrestlers. As stated above, when Bryan was taken out of the World Heavyweight Championship picture, it left Alberto Del Rio, who wasn't given a chance to get out of the gate after Wrestlemania because his first promo with Sheamus was drowned out by a “Si! Si! Si!” chant. Del Rio is great in the ring, Sheamus is not, and Jericho and Orton are both spinning their wheels a bit – it's hard to see someone coming out of this with great momentum. Sheamus keeps the belt and has Orton in his near future.


WWE Tag Team Championship: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger

Matt Bishop: The tag team titles mean so much that this is the first time they've been defended on pay-per-view since December. Ziggler and Swagger inexplicably lost to The Usos on Superstars this past week while Kingston and Truth won their match on Smackdown. I'd say it's too early for a title change here, but Ziggler and Swagger losing makes me think maybe they're winning here. Real weird.

Dave Hillhouse: You don't suppose A.W. is going to slip Swagger and Ziggler away from under Guerrero's nose, do you? Probably not on this night, but the former champs Primo and Epico, along with new buddy Mason Ryan, will have more than a ringside seat, I expect. The champs retain, but the heels make their point – and only Little Jimmy escapes a beating.


WWE Divas Championship: Layla vs. Beth Phoenix

Matt Bishop: We want Kharma! We want Kharma!

Dave Hillhouse: Where's Kharma? Everything seems to be on hold in the Divas division until she returns, so it almost doesn't matter who wins here, sadly. That being said, there's no need to stall Layla's successful return right away, so she retains.


Pre-Show Match: Kane vs. Zack Ryder

Matt Bishop: Kane was in the main event of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view and now he's been relegated to the pre-show. If he loses to Zack Ryder here I'll eat my hat.

Dave Hillhouse: Counting on the history of Kane abusing Ryder in order to get into Cena's head after all participants have really moved on is both a gamble and refreshing. When so many mid-card and lower-down matches seem to be built on month-by-month issues, there's actually a bit of longstanding, unfinished business to deal with here. Still, why didn't this match happen at Wrestlemania? Ryder gets revenge in this one.


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