The best thing to ever put on a Heat jersey (via WWE.com)
This has to be one of the most pointless pay-per-view's (PPV) on World Wrestling Entertainment's (WWE) entire schedule. We are past the "post-WrestleMania" glow that the product has had recently. We don't have the gimmicks that populated and propped up the Extreme Rules card. There is no rhyme, reason, or buildup for about 90% of the matches. It only exists because Vince McMahon decided that since there is twelve months, there should be twelve PPV's. Lets pay no attention to the fact that WrestleMania gets a month and a half of build up, and those weeks have to come from somewhere. Three weeks is just not enough time to come down from one PPV and build up to the next. Over the Limit should not exist, but the monthly PPV model has proven to virtually print money.
The WWE could at least pretend to care about us, though. Take us out to a fancy dinner. Maybe buy us some flowers first. A guy like me always loves something shiny. There are plenty of things they could do to show they still love us.
But the WWE doesn't give a crap anymore. It gave us the splendor of WrestleMania 28, and the excitement and animal lust of Extreme Rules. It just treats us like a piece of meat. There is no love anymore. It uses us however it wants, and just leaves us behind.
The money's on the counter Vince. I'll see you again in a couple of weeks.
The full card after the jump.
As with all PPV's, we're going bottom-up.
It's nice that WWE Creative has some of their old scripts saved somewhere. Zack Ryder is still upset at Kane derailing the Ryder Revolution, as well as the handful of attempted murders "The Big Red Machine" has racked up. Why this is on the YouTube preshow is beyond me, but it is an easy story to set up and hopefully will be a final match to this long forgotten feud. Both will go off to do their own thing. Kane will continue to find wrestlers to harass, and on the latest SmackDown (May 18th) it was ever so slightly hinted that Ryder and Damien Sandow might be meeting up in the near future. At the very least, Ryder is getting off of Superstar hell and is at least sniffing a PPV again. As big of a mark as he is, he is a very popular midcard face during a time when WWE is in desperate need of them.
So...Beth Phoenix's ankle wasn't broken? Are you sure? You are? Well then...I'll at least give WWE Creative credit for trying to give the Divas division an interesting storyline. Layla re-debuts, gets a Diva title shot (#WWELogic), and Beth wants the rematch she didn't get against Nikki Bella. Simple booking is simple. Now if we can only give these ladies a 10-minute match sometime (and a guarantee that Kelly Kelly never sees the inside of the squared circle again) we may have something here.
What is more likely to occur; Ryback winning a match against three opponents at Over the Limit, or him facing off against a legitimate contender?
So...at least they are giving us a tag team match? The assumption going into this is that we will finally get the Dolph Ziggler/Jack Swagger break up that is long overdue. Which means instead of these two being misused as a unit, they'll be misused as separate entities. On the other side of the ring, Kofi Kingston's black hole of a character has sucked R-Truth dry of anything interesting. Remember when Truth was talking about arachnophobia and getting arrested with The Miz? He was so great. Now he's butt bumping an imaginary friend. I'm not sure which of the four has been more disappointing, either due to booking holding them back or just a failure to get themselves over.
Did you know the Alberto Del Rio was originally suppose to face Sheamus for the World Heavyweight Championship in a one on one match? Because if you've been watching the past few weeks of Raw and SmackDown, you could have sworn that Randy Orton was the only contender. The two actually have a good chemistry together (one might argue that's because they are the same guy) and the two of them could have a nice feud moving forward. Del Rio and Chris Jericho are nice addictions to the match, with each having their own style of heel psychology. Expect a lot of laying around, the requisite Ricardo Rodriguez spot, and a pretty solid match.
In one of the most disappointing developments, there has been virtually no build for CM Punk against Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship. In one of the most shocking developments, WWE.com actually made reference to their Ring of Honor days. While the article never calls the company by name, it is still a feat for WWE to admit something exists outside of its universe (although one could make the case WWE has essentially made Ring of Honor part of its own cannon). I bring up the article to illustrate this point; this match will happen again. Maybe not at No Way Out, and maybe not for a long time. But someone high up really loves these two. Rules are being broken for these two. And while this has become a throwaway match on a throwaway PPV, this will not be the last time we see these two. Hopefully this faith will ease the pain that WWE has caused. Enjoy the match tonight, but don't be surprised if we see this again someday.
I was all set to go on a rant about how John Laurinaitis has betrayed his true self in the name of cheap heat and getting John Cena over. However, on SmackDown he laid out his problems pretty concisely. He has tried his best to please the WWE Universe. He has bent over backwards to make the best matches, to keep the roster in line, and to keep the people in the seats happy. And all Johnny Ace gets in return is disrespect. Disrespect from the roster, disrespect from Triple H and the board of directors, and most of all disrespect from the fans. So it is time for Laurinaitis to take matters in his own hand and protects the sanctity of the WWE.
That is not to say that they have done a horrendous job protecting John Cena in this build up. Puck you? Really? I just cannot believe that this is how the WWE uses its top face. But it's what the children want, and we are all at the mercy of 10 year olds with parents who don't know how to say "no" in Toys-R-Us. Be prepared for a smozed ending that absolutely no one will be happy with. Maybe someday we will see a change, but I doubt that it's today.
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