In just under two weeks, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) will stage its fifth pay-per-view (PPV) offering of the year, as Over the Limit goes down live Sun., May 20, 2012, from the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Last night's (May 7, 2012) episode of Monday Night Raw gave us two new matches to go along with the two that were already official. Here's how the card looks as it stands now, starting with the two matches introduced last night:
-- Sheamus vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho for the World Heavyweight Championship
This match was set up via Teddy Long's favorite booking method, a random tag match between singles competitors simply pitting good guys vs. bad. Except by the end of it, the good guys turned on each other and the bad guys capitalized, somehow giving everyone a stake in the world title currently held by Sheamus. But because he's big, white and Irish, he's willing to take on all comers and agreed to the Fatal Four Way. Too bad for Del Rio, who had already been announced as Sheamus' opponent at the show.
-- Layla vs. Beth Phoenix for the Diva's Championship
As per usual with Divas matches, there was no set up for this other than WWE.com announcing the match during Raw and Michael Cole telling everyone to go to the website. No one did so they get no real justification for the match other than what we're all thinking anyway which is, "Kharma's not back yet so who cares."
The rest of the card after the jump.
-- John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis
This story advanced itself last night via WWE trying to get Laurinaitis over as a legitimate threat to Cena by acknowledging his time in Japan, where he supposedly was one hell of a wrestler. Because that's a statement very few fans of today's product can dispute, it works well to establish that "Ace" actually was a wrestler at one time and he actually was decent. On Cena's side, he revealed that he told the Board of Directors not to punish Laurinaitis because he wanted to do it himself. Apparently, they went along with this, destroying whatever shred of credibility they ever had, not that they had much left after that abomination of a storyline with everyone quitting on Triple H because he wasn't fostering a safe working environment. But I digress. Cena is selling injury like he should be out for months but he'll be back next week doing his Superman thing, rest assured. Expect that at the PPV, too.
-- CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship
Initial excitement for this feud has cooled considerably after just one show. Instead of spending last night giving Punk and Bryan a legitimate story, they had Punk insult Laurinaitis in place of Cena. This set up the Raw General Manager wanting to punish him and booking him in a handicap match against Bryan and Lord Tensai. The way the match played out, Bryan was secondary and Tensai went over with the green mist and claw. The only plus was Bryan ended the show with the YES Lock and chant but I fear this will be a one-and-done program. Too bad.
That's the show as it stands now, Cagesiders. How you digging it?