Over the Limit (2011) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE, which took place on May 22, 2011 at the KeyArena in Seattle, Washington. It was the second Over the Limit event. Eight matches took place during the event. … see full wiki
After that debacle called Wrestlemania 27, which went down in my book as easily one of the most wretched PPV events in recent memory, and easily in the top three of worst Mania's of all time. The product took a step in the right direction with their Extreme Rules 2011 event, which focused a bit more on the wrestling aspect of the product. Even after this, my hopes weren't exactly high for this event. I was expecting below average things here; I mean look at that card? This is a house show if I ever saw one, and it definitely delivered at that. This event was meant to put over characters and storylines, but it also closed the books on two of the "hottest" feuds running.
1- Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth
This was a decent match with at least one good high spot, which happened to be a bulldog from the top rope. The action was aggressive from both stars, and the match was quick paced with the usual lucha style from Rey, and this might be the best I seen from Truth since his TNA days. This match was mainly meant to push R-Truth's new heel character that was long overdue. Even though I kind of found it hard to buy into, the very fact he went over clean was proof enough that WWE is serious about this push. 3/5
2- Intercontinental Championship
Wade Barrett (Champion) vs. Ezekiel Jackson
I didn't think this bout was as horrible as some folks say. There was some really good psychology here with Jackson being built up as a serious threat from a physical point of view. He was picking Barrett apart, with Barrett faking an injury in an attempt to shift the momentum. Some people don't understand how come the crowd was heavily behind Jackson, simply because all he did was body slam Barrett over and over setting up for the Torture Rack, and the crowd was hot over it. The answer is simple, Jackson is a heavily built 309 pound monster, and buying into his strength is not a hard thing to do. At the end of the day, this was mainly meant to put over the angle. Which is basically, how is Jackson going to stand up to all three Corre members? 3/5
3- Sin Cara vs. Chavo Guerrero
So this is what the great Chavo has become huh? Just another jobber for masked superstars. But hey, at least it's not Mysterio for the 1000th right? There was some pretty good ground wrestling, and Cara got to showcase a little bit of what he can do. Overall, Chavo was basically the spot monkey for him, and they had a decent outing, too bad the finish was clearly botched. 3.25/5
4 - WWE Tag Team Championship
Kane & Big Show (Champions) vs. CM Punk & Mason Ryan
I wasn't the least bit happy with how Punk was used up to this point. He does not belong in matches like these. Instead, he should be going after singles titles. In any case, this is easily the best tag team match on ppv in months. Ryan got a bit of time to put his strength to work by manhandling Kane for a little while, he was very impressive here and he clearly needs more time to develop. There were a few funny moments with Punk taking those sick slaps from Big Show. This was an entertaining match that ended at the right time. 3.25/5
5- Divas Championship
Brie Bella (Champion) vs. Kelly Kelly
Why does it feel like WWE's playing musical chairs with the Divas title? Probably because that's exactly what they're doing. After all these months, they're STILL trying to find a Diva who can be marketable. And the best they can do is put the belt on one of the Bella twins?! They suck! I mean they're not Sable suck but damn. Sad to say, the days of Lita, Victoria (before she was jobbin' like hell), Trish, and Mickie James are long gone. This was a boring bout even by Diva standards, with Kelly Kelly trying some unique offense like a Tarantula from the ropes (no, not Tajiri style or even close). Other than that, the only thing memorable is the old switcheroo that can be seen from a mile away. 1.5/5
6-World Heavyweight Championship
Randy Orton (Champion) vs. Christian
Interesting... Randy Orton couldn't win the belt from that lackluster piece of garbage Miz. But he can come and beat Christian after a week of winning the belt on free TV? Color me confused man. I like Orton, but his last few big victories have left me scratching my head.
This match, along with their bout on free TV shows how great of a talent Christian is. He managed to pull the best I've seen out of Orton in a few years. These two had an awesome wrestling match that also delivered a good amount of entertainment and very tense suspense. The high spots were executed well enough, and there were some real good counters from both guys, and I was in shock to see Orton pull out the Billy Goat's Curse submission.
This bout worked on all levels, and this is the way drama is implemented into a high caliber match after every big move. Not that trash we saw from two lazy guys winging it the whole time at Mania, courtesy of Taker and Triple H. The events leading up to the end watching Christian counter the RKO, and Orton counter the Killswitch was like watching poetry in motion. This was match of the night for sure, and among the best ppv matches this year so far. 4.25/5
7- Kiss My Foot Match
Michael Cole vs. Jerry "The King" Lawler
Stipulation: The Loser must kiss the winners feet.
I still don't know why this feud was dragged out through three events. This is what we should have gotten at Wrestlemania. Once again, the match was very well built up with Cole pulling out tactics to escape his well deserved beating that worked heavily into the anticipation. The match was a pretty good squash, but don't come into this expecting a Stone Cold Steve Austin vs. Eric Bischoff squash of No Way Out 2003. This match gave the fans exactly what they wanted. Cole suffering a quick defeat with the added bonus of after-match humiliation. 2.75/5
8- "I Quit" Match for the WWE Championship
Rules: The match can only end when one superstar says, "I Quit!"
John Cena (Champion) vs. Miz
Want to hear something truly amazing? For the first time in years, ever since his feud with the Great Khali, I was actually cheering for John Cena. Does this mean I'm becoming a fan of Cena? Hell No! I just hate the Miz a lot more.
This "I Quit" Match was far beyond last year's fiasco, and it had an interesting twist when Alex Riley became the deciding factor and this turned into a handicap match. For a very long time, it was nothing but Cena getting beat up, beat up, beat up, ad infinitum. What made it interesting was the Miz taking the mic, and telling Cena what was coming next, from hitting him with ring steps to giving him whippings with a leather strap. For a while, Miz was actually a heel I was starting to like. But there were some things that bugged me; most notably, this wasn't a competitive match. It was just a typical Cena match building up to his Superman comeback, which did take place, and we saw the Miz leaving this match worse than he went in by quitting in seconds. The match gets points for the different plot, but the ending was just weak, and this is coming from a Miz-hater. 3.5/5
In closing, this is a decent event and that's about it. The Orton and Christian match is the only reason I would even recommend watching this.
Pros: -WHC Match -Watchable event for most part
Cons: -Loads of matches just barely cuttin' it -One big dud