Sunday, May 20, 2012

2012 WWE Over the Limit Results & Match Recaps

The 2012 WWE Over the Limit Pay-Per-View arrives as the May installment in the pro wrestling company's monthly events.  Full Over the Limit results and match-by-match recaps will be presented here at WWE Characters the Blog starting Sunday night.

The latest Over the Limit takes place at Raleigh, NC Sunday night with John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis as the main event.  If Laurinaitis loses this match, he will be terminated from his job.  However, if any other WWE superstars or divas interfere in the match, they will be fired.

As of our report, there are a total of 6 matches on the card, with four titles up for grabs.  These include the Fatal Fourway match for Sheamus' World Heavyweight Championship, and CM Punk defending the WWE title against Daniel Bryan.

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Zack Ryder vs. Kane

This match was a special free "pre-show" match presented live on YouTube prior to the main Pay-Per-View.  Ryder arrived out first to the ring, but his introduction was cut short by Kane's pyro and the arena going dark.  Early on, Ryder managed to gain the advantage by dropkicking Kane on the outside, then hitting a drop toe hold on him into the steel steps.  Ryder shouted at the ref to countout Kane, and even did a dive over the top rope to keep him out.  Kane finally returned to the ring with Ryder beating away on him.  Kane finally responded with a huge boot kick to take Zack down.

Kane held control for a while, until Ryder made a comeback, and responded from the corner for a near fall move.  He went for a move on Kane in the corner and got dumped to the apron, but then yanked Kane against the top rope to keep control.  Kane was able to grab Ryder by the throat in the corner, but Ryder fought him off.  Kane soon regained control with a sidewalk slam.

The close saw Ryder hit the Broski Boot in the corner and then set up for Rough Ryder.  He charged at Kane but the Big Red Monster was ready and caught him around the throat then hit the chokeslam for the pinfall.

Winner: Kane wins by pinfall over Zack Ryder.

Eve was backstage watching a flatscreen monitor when Cody Rhodes and Santino Marella came into the room arguing over the championships. Santino said he'd rather be the US champion instead of the champion of incontinence. Eve said she and David Otunga came up to a way to settle their disputes. Eve said there will be a "People Power" battle royal coming up next. Eve said whoever wins the battle royal gets to choose which title they go for later on, the US or Intercontinental title. Eve said that match is up next.

Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Booker T came out as the commentary team for the Pay-Per-View. Cole told Striker this job is above his pay grade so to get lost. Matthews also left and then Cody Rhodes and Santino were introduced.

People Power Battle Royal

The winner of this match would get to choose which title they fight for later in the night, either the United States or Intercontinental Championship.  Competing in this match were The Great Khali, The Miz, JTG, Ezekiel Jackson, Tyler Reks, Curt Hawkins, Michael McGillicutty, Yoshi Tatsu, The Usos, Tyson Kidd, Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, Heath Slater, Darren Young, Titus O'Neil, Alex Riley, David Otunga, William Regal, and Christian.  Christian was making a surprise return to the ring.  The match started with a minute to go until the official PPV.

Early eliminations included Heath Slater, Michael McGillicutty, Yoshi Tatsu, Curt Hawkins, and Tyler Reks.  Khali started eliminating multiple guys by himself, including Jinder Mahal.  Three guys worked together to get rid of Khali.

The final four came down to Tyson Kidd, The Miz, David Otunga, and Christian.  Kidd was almost tossed out of the ring, then held onto the ropes.  Miz rushed over to try to push Kidd out, but Kidd did a leg scissors around Miz's head.  However, Otunga rushed over and kicked Kidd off to eliminated him.  Miz and Otunga teamed up against Christian.

It came down to Miz vs. Christian, with Miz throwing Christian over the top.  However, Christian held on for dear life.  Miz tried to kick him out but couldn't succeed.  The two fought it out, with Christian throwing Miz against the corner and over the top rope.  Miz held onto the ropes on the apron, but Christian was able to ram him in the gut through the ropes to knock him off the apron.  Christian now gets a title shot later tonight.  Cole said it seems like he's made his choice to face Santino tonight.

Winner:  Christian wins the People Power Battle Royal and will compete for the US or Intercontinental title later on tonight.

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

Late in the match, Truth was on fire and hit the spinning corkscrew on Swagger.  He hit a frontfaced suplex on Swagger, but Vickie got on the apron to distract.  Truth rushed over and knocked Dolph off the apron, but then Swagger threw Truth into the corner so the heels took control.  At one point, Ziggler tagged in and helped hit a massive doubleteam move to smash Truth face first to the mat.  However, Truth kicked out of a pin.  Dolph kept him down in a hold, which involved a show off handstand on him at one point.

Truth ultimately escaped from Swagger, just as Ziggler tagged in.  Kofi made a hot tag and jumped over the ropes to take down Ziggler.  He revved up for Trouble in Paradise but Ziggler avoided it.  Kofi went for the SOS but Ziggler blocked, and then Kofi hit a reverse crossbody off the corner.

In the close, Truth rushed into the ring to break up a pin after Ziggler hit Zig Zag.  Moments later, Truth dove over the top rope to take out Swagger on the outside.  Ziggler tried to rush Kofi with a Zig Zag, but Kofi responded by hitting Trouble in Paradise to knock him down for the pin.

Winners: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston win by pinfall over Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler to retain the WWE Tag Team Championships.

Backstage, Hawkins and Reks were talking to Eve. Eve said they will go into the audience and confiscate any signs they deem as inappropriate. Hawkins and Reks left to go do the job.

Beth Phoenix vs. Layla
WWE Divas Championship Match

Layla got control of things early on, but Beth turned the tables when Layla was up on the corner. Beth pulled Layla's leg out causing her to fall and hurt her right leg. Beth continued to target it even more.

Later in the match, Beth was on the apron trying to pull Layla's hurt leg against the ropes. Layla managed to break free and dropkicked Beth off the apron, then started beating on her when she got into the ring. Beth ducked a kick attempt from Layla and then pressed her overhead. Layla countered it into a DDT move for a near fall.

Layla went for a move off the corner, but Beth turned it into a near Glam Slam. Layla countered that into a pinfall, with Beth rolling through to pull Layla's tights for a pin. However, Layla kicked out. Just moments later, Layla hit a surprise neckbreaker to win it.

Winner: Layla wins by pinfall over Beth Phoenix to retain the Divas Championship.

Striker interviewed Randy Orton about what happened on Smackdown this past Friday after his match with Sheamus. Striker had them cut to video of Orton losing to Sheamus in a non-title match, then offering him a handshake. Orton shook hands then surprised him with the RKO.  Orton talked about how there's no question that Sheamus wouldn't do the same thing if he was in his shoes.  Jericho showed up to interrupt Orton's interview saying he's going to win the title once again.  Orton told him if he gets in his way tonight, he'll be the best in the world at getting RKO'd.  Jericho smirked as Orton left the scene.

Fatal Fourway Match for World Heavyweight Championship

Current champion Sheamus will defend his title against Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, and Randy Orton.  Early on, Orton and Sheamus faced off in a repeat from Smackdown.  The match also featured multiple spots with Jericho and Del Rio teaming up on Sheamus outside the ring, then turning against each other.  At one point, Sheamus and Del Rio faced off in the ring.  Sheamus was in control with Ricardo Rodriguez trying to distract from the apron.  As Sheamus went to clear him off, Del Rio hit his enziguiri kick for a near fall on the champ.  Moments later, Sheamus avoided Del Rio near the ropes.  Del Rio almost fell out but hung on.  Sheamus beat away on his chest, but Jericho leapt off the corner to kick him off down.

Later still, Orton came in to take down Jericho and then Sheamus.  He hit his through the ropes DDT and then dropped down to pound the mat preparing for the RKO.  Del Rio rushed in and slapped on the Cross Armbar breaker.  Orton couldn't break the hold, but Jericho soon rushed over to stop Del Rio.  Jericho took control against Del Rio, but then Del Rio got his knees up on Jericho's Lionsault.

Orton went for the RKO, but Sheamus avoided then went for a Brogue Kick which the champ avoided.  Sheamus tried for a schoolboy pin line on Smackdown, but Orton escaped.  Moments later, Orton cleared Sheamus out of the ring, then hit a double DDT with Del Rio and Rodriguez from the middle rope.  Orton was bleeding on the bridge of his nose.

Del Rio got the cross armbar on Jericho after Jericho hit a Codebreaker on Orton.  Jericho countered Del Rio's move and put the Walls of Jericho on Del Rio.  However, Sheamus rushed in and nearly took his head off with a Brogue Kick, which Jericho avoided.

The crowd got fired up in the late moments with multiple teased finishes. Alberto hit the mat after an RKO by Orton on him.  Sheamus hit the Brogue Kick on Orton, but then with only Jericho remaining, Sheamus got him up for White Noise and finished him off by pinfall.

Winner: Sheamus wins by pinfall over Chris Jericho in the Fatal Fourway match to retain the WWE World Heavyweight Championship.

Backstage, Cody Rhodes was asking about John Laurinaitis and said Eve is handling things well. He then began to talk about how Christian would be scared if he had to face him in the ring tonight. Just then, Christian showed up and told Rhodes he's full of crap. He said he changed his mind and will be facing Cody for the Intercontinental Championship tonight.

The Miz arrived out to the ring to talk trash on Brodus Clay and saying he lacks true dance skills. Miz put on a hat and started his own dance routine to his theme song. Brodus' theme song hit to interrupt, bringing out the Funkettes and Clay to the ring.

Brodus Clay vs. The Miz

Late in the match, Miz was on the corner.  However, Clay managed to crotch him by hitting the ropes, then tossed him onto the mat.  Moments later, Clay finished things with his big splash on Miz.  He invited some kids in the ring to dance with him and the Funkettes.

Winner: Brodus Clay wins by pinfall against The Miz.

Hawkins and Reks were shown in the crowd snatching signs away from fans that were degrading towards John Laurinaitis.  They tore several apart.  Hawkins tried to motion for one fan to bring his sign over as the camera cut away.

Cody Rhodes was introduced for the Intercontinental Championship match and arrived out with a mic in hand. He explained that his dad kept him away from NC as a kid because the people there are shortsighted and biased. That drew heat and then Rhodes said he'll defeat Christian to remain champ now.

Christian vs. Cody Rhodes
Intercontinental Championship

Late in the match, Cody and Christian fought on the corner with a superplex the end result.  Rhodes was shaken up too, but managed to get up after the move and went over towards Christian.  Captain Charisma grabbed him to roll him up for a near fall.

Cody had control and went for a flying move from the corner, but Christian punched him in the gut.  Moments later Christian hit a missile drop kick after a pendulum kick in the corner.  He started clapping to rally the Peeps.  However, Cody avoided his Killswitch.  Christian responded by tripping Rhodes against the rope and then jumping over to the outside to slap Rhodes in the face.

The close saw Christian manage to surprise Rhodes with the Killswitch after Rhodes talked trash to the crowd.  Christian grabbed Rhodes' leg and captured the pinfall to collect the Intercontinental Championship.  This is his fourth IC title reign.

Winner: Christian wins via pinfall over Cody Rhodes to become the new WWE Intercontinental Champion.

The next WWE PPV is four weeks away on June 17th at the Izod Center.

Josh Matthews interviewed WWE Champion CM Punk backstage.  They showed a replay from Friday's Smackdown where Daniel Bryan went after Punk with a steel chair, but hit Kane instead.  Bryan tossed the chair down and ran off as Punk grabbed the chair.  Kane attacked Punk from there with Bryan smiling from the ramp.  Punk said he's feeling like crap right now, then mocked Laurinaitis.  Punk said seeing JL get terminated later will make his night.  Punk said tonight won't just be the five star classic everyone's expecting, it's going to be..AJ interrupted the interview and said "it's going to be a lot of fun to watch, good luck Punk."  AJ smiled in a flirty way, batting her eyes at Punk as he smirked looking sort of puzzled and left.

Daniel Bryan vs. CM Punk
WWE Championship Match

Early on, dueling chants of "Daniel Bryan" and "CM Punk" broke out in the arena.  Punk had control with a headlock down on the mat.  Punk yelled "Yes" at Bryan as he kept kneeing him in the leg.  An early spot saw Bryan rush to the corner, then flip over Punk.  Punk put him up for the GTS, but Bryan escaped only to get kicked in his already hurting leg.  Punk stayed in control and managed to trip Bryan down for a submission move which he then turned into a kick move, kicking Bryan face first into the mat for a near fall.

Bryan managed to regain control outside the ring as he ducked a move by Punk and then rammed him against the crowd barrier.  He followed by suplexing Punk onto another barrier into the timekeeper's area.  Back in the ring, Bryan locked a hold on Punk, with the champ kneeing out.  Bryan dropped a knee on Punk's throat to stay in control.  Moments later, he put Punk into a surfboard submission, then turned it into another move similar to a guillotine.  Punk refused to tap out though.

With Punk already down on the mat near the corner, Bryan rushed from across the ring several times to drop a big knee on his back.  Punk moved away on the third try and then hit a suplex into a pinfall attempt with Bryan kicking out.  Bryan hit a huge diving headbutt later on from way across the ring off the corner.  Somehow, Punk kicked out of the pin attempt though.

Punk made a comeback with a barrage of punches and kicks, followed by a huge scoop slam for a near fall.  Both guys reset after Bryan kicked out.  There was another spot on the outside where both guys crashed to the floor.  Back in the ring, Bryan had control and kept yelling "Yes" as he kicked Punk.  However, Punk managed to put him into a figure four moments later.  Bryan managed to grab the bottom rope.  Several near falls ensued.

Bryan went for the Yes Lock but Punk avoided that.  However, Bryan kicked him in the head to KO him.  He took a moment to gather Punk up for the pinfall, but Punk barely kicked out.  The fans started up a "This is Awesome" chant for the match.  There was another great spot moments later with Bryan crotched on the side top rope, and Punk landing a huge clothesline from the corner to take him down for another near fall.

Punk fought over the Yes Lock, then catapulted Bryan over the top rope.  Bryan hung on for dear life and skinned the cat to pull himself back in.  Punk collected a pinfall but Bryan got a leg on the ropes to break it.

Punk avoided Bryan's double knees in the corner, then came back with his own running knee on him.  Bryan somehow managed to get Punk down into the Yes Lock from there.  Punk managed to shift his weight back though and pinned Bryan's shoulders to the mat.  Cole said it appeared Punk was tapping out at the same time though.  They showed the replay, and it confirmed Punk tapped a second after the pinfall count was done.  Punk is still champion.

Winner: CM Punk wins by pinfall over Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship.

Backstage, Eve and David Otunga were walking when they came up to Teddy Long. Long joked about how they could both be fired by the end of the night. He said he had to go make sure Mr. Laurinaitis has enough protein for tonight's match.

Hunico arrived out on a bike driven by Camacho. Hunico cut a promo in Spanish about something.

Ryback vs. Camacho

Ryback dominated this matchup throughout, like his previous contests.  He finished Camacho in the end with a slam from the torture rack position.  Post-match, Ryback left the ring and knocked over Hunicos bicycle on the outside of the ring.  He yelled at a fan "do you want more?!?"

Winner: Ryback defeated Camacho via pinfall.

John Cena vs. John Laurinaitis

If any WWE superstar or diva gets involved in this match, they will be fired. If John Laurinaitis loses, he is fired.  The only way to win is by pinfall or submission.  Laurinaitis arrived out first in a special People Power warmup suit with "GM" written on front.

Laurinaitis tried to hightail it and leave the ring as the bell ring.  He went to jump into the crowd, but Cena ran him down and grabbed him.  Cena brought JL back in the ring and clotheslined him hard after shaking his head.  Cena put JL's top over his head and then slapped his chest hard.

Cena set up for the AA but instead did an airplane spin, then dropped JL to the mat in a heap.  Laurinaitis stood up and fell out through the ropes.  Cena went over and grabbed the bell, then walked over and clanked it in his ears on both sides of his head.  Cena slammed JL's head into the commentators table multiple times with Cole asking "are you OK?"

Cena brought Laurinaitis over to the Spanish commentators table and put JL in one seat with a headset on.  Cena sat next to  him and put a headset on, then pretended he was Michael Cole.  He said "Vintage Laurinaitis" several times,, then asked Booker what he thought.  JL responded "five time, five time" then fell out of the chair.  Back in the ring, Cena hit a huge slam on JL.  He rushed out of the ring and grabbed a mic.

Cena announced on the mic he was about to put JL in the STF.  He said if JL taps out he's fired.  Cena said he'll let go of the hold if JL can last for 10 seconds.  Cena asked the people to count along, and JL survived 10 seconds.  Cena got on the mic saying good news is JL made it, and bad news is he's going to do it again.  Crowd counted along this time and once again JL survived it.

Cena went out of the ring again and grabbed a bottled water to pour it on JL's face and then on his crotch area.  Cena left the ring and grabbed a fire extinguisher from under the ring.  He teased using it several times, then started to spray Laurinaitis in the corner til he left the ring covered in the stuff.

On the outside, Cena grabbed a trash can and dumped it all over Laurinaitis.  JL tried to run into the crowd but Cena chased him down again. This time, JL hit Cena's hurt arm and Cena flinched looking hurt.  From there, JL smashed Cena's arm against the commentary table then against the steel steps.

In the ring, JL used a chair for multiple shots on Cena.  He collected a pinfall but cena kicked out at two.  JL went for another chair shot, but Cena blocked it and grabbed the chair to smash JL in the leg.  He set up for Five Knuckle Shuffle and used a steel chair for it.  Cena was about to go for AA, but JL hit a low blow.  From there, JL started to leave through the crowd with Cena still down in the ring.  Fans booed him as he walked past.  Cena remained in the ring as Laurinaitis started to head out of the arena, according to Cole.

Cena looked confused in the ring about what's going on.  Suddenly, the crowd started to cheer as Big Show showed up in street clothes forcefully escorting Laurinaitis.  He brought him out and tossed him over the crowd barrier, then brought JL into the ring with Cena smirking.  Cena waited for Laurinaitis to get up, seeing Big Show on the other side of him.  JL tried to crawl away, but Big Show stepped on his hand.

Cena went after JL who ran the other way, only to have Big Show grab him by the throat.  He looked menancingly at JL who shoved him to Cena.  Cena picked up JL for the AA, but Big Show hit the WMD punch on Cena.  Show backed into the corner looking at both guys.  Cole said Cena looks unconscious.  Laurinaitis crawled over and did his best to push Cena over for a pinfall.  He covered and the ref counted 1-2-3 to give him the match.  Show watched from the corner with a strange look in his eyes.  Fans looked shocked from the ringside area.

Show walked over looking down at Laurinaitis, then offered him a hand to get up.  Show held up Laurinaitis' hand up, then left the ring.  JL stumbled up the ramp as the PPV closed with Cole saying he can't wait until Raw tomorrow.

Winner: John Laurinaitis wins via pinfall over John Cena.

All of the fallout and followup from this latest Pay-Per-View should be covered on Monday Night Raw, on USA starting at 9PM EST! Thank you for choosing WWE Characters the Blog for your 2012 Over the Limit results coverage!

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