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Powell's 5/23 WWE Over the Limit PPV review: John Cena vs. Batista in an "I Quit" match for the WWE Championship, Jack Swagger vs. Big Show for the World Hvt. Championship, C.M. Punk vs. Rey Mysterio
May 24, 2010 - 9:15 AM




By Jason Powell

WWE Over the Limit PPV
Detroit, Mich. at Joe Louis Arena


The show opened with a video package... Michael Cole, Jerry Lawler, and Matt Striker checked in on commentary...

Powell's POV: Since this isn't a live report, there's no need to go into as much detail on all the matches. I'll streamline some of the match details and provide the usual commentary.

1. Kofi Kingston defeated Drew McIntyre to win the Intercontinental Title in 6:30. After good nearfalls for both men, Kofi finished off McIntyre with the SOS for the clean pin.

Powell's POV: A short, yet quality match. It was wise match placement to have this in the opening spot when the crowd was hotter for a McIntyre match than they may have been if it had been held later in the show. I'm not crazy about Kofi winning the title so early in their feud.

Afterward, McIntyre demanded that Teddy Long come out and reverse the decision. Instead, Matt Hardy's music played and he came to the ring. McIntyre took a swing, but Hardy ducked and hit a Twist of Fate...

Powell's POV: Are they going to move McIntyre away from Kingston and back into a program with Hardy? Maybe a Triple Threat?

Backstage, C.M. Punk looked into a mirror and stroked his hair while Luke Gallows and Serena watched on. Punk said they would be giving birth to Straight Edge Mysterio...

A video recapped the Ted DiBiase and R-Truth skit with DiBiase essentially asking Truth to become his new Virgil...

2. R-Truth beat Ted DiBiase (w/Virgil) in 7:45. Virgil distracted R-Truth early in the match, which enabled DiBiase to hit a neckbreaker. In the end, Truth hit the Lie Detector (corkscrew forearm) and scored the clean pin. Lawler said the last thing Virgil wanted was for things to go south for DiBiase after he showed up...

Powell's POV: No Virgil suit. Weak. The finish of the match surprised me. I assumed Ted would lose with Virgil turning on him, but not take a clean loss to R-Truth. Strange choice to end a very forgettable match.

Backstage, McIntyre interrupted Teddy Long's phone call to demand that he overturn the result of his match and fire Matt Hardy. "I won't," Long responded. McIntyre started trashing Long's office. He walked toward Teddy's Martin Luther King photo. Long begged him not to damage it. McIntyre mellowed out and said MLK was a revolutionary and a leader. Drew said he's more like MLK than Long will ever be...

A video recapped C.M. Punk's feud with Rey Mysterio... Back live, they showed the barber's chair set up at ringside along with clippers, towels, and shaving cream...

3. Rey Mysterio beat C.M. Punk in 13:50 in a Pledge vs. Hair match. Punk came up bleeding from the forehead early on. They followed up with a cool spot in which Punk slid Mysterio under the bottom rope and head-first into the barber's chair. The referee tended to Punk's head while Mysterio was at ringside.

The fans groaned when referee Charles Robinson called for a trainer to join him in the ring to help Punk. Mysterio struggled to his feet and rolled inside the ring. Punk wasn't ready yet, so Mysterio lied in the corner while a loud "boring chant" broke out. Punk sprung to his feet and dropkicked Mysterio. Punk remained very aggressive in his attack on Rey for the next couple minutes.

Late in the match, Punk caught Rey flipping off the ropes. He set up for the GTS, but Mysterio broke free and hit the 619. Rey tried to follow up with a springboard splash, but Punk avoided it. Punk smirked at the camera and went for a lazy cover, but Mysterio hooked Punk's arms and scored the surprise pin.

Punk began caressing his locks in the corner. The hooded Straight Edge Society member hit the ring and attacked Mysterio. Punk motioned for Gallows and Serena to join them. The duo complied and brought out handcuffs. Punk tried to lock Mysterio to the ropes.

Kane's music interrupted them. Kane came to the ring and cleared the Straight Edge Society members from the ring and then chokeslammed Punk. Rey recovered and handfuffed Punk's arms to the middle ropes while his body was outside the ring. Mysterio grabbed the blips and began shaving Punk's head.

Mysterio aggressively shaved clumps of hair from Punk's head. Punk screamed as the announcers told dumb jokes about how Mysterio should leave a mullet. A "shave his chest" chant broke out. Mysterio grabbed a clump of hair and headed toward the back. Serena came out and put a towel over Punk's head. Mysterio came back to run her off and then held up a mirror to show Punk what he looks like...

Powell's POV: Good match. Punk bleeding caused a lengthy lull in the action, but I loved the way Punk went after Rey so aggressively. It got the live crowd that had been chanting "boring" right back into the match.

The announcers hyped the Fatal Four Way pay-per-view. Cole noted that all championship matches would be four-way matches. He said there would also be qualifying matches...

Backstage, Chris Jericho and Big Show exchanged words. Jericho boasted that he and Miz trimmed the fat. Show fired back by saying he and Bret Hart left the Miz and Jericho with nothing. Miz stood behind Show, who never looked at Miz, yet said he was about to turn around and punch him. Show said he'd do the same to Jericho, revive him, and do it again. Jericho and Miz split while Show laughed...

A Prince of Persia

4. The Hart Dynasty (w/Natalya) defeated The Miz and Chris Jericho to retain the Unified Tag Titles in 10:45. Miz made a blind tag late and hit a neckbreaker on David Hart Smith for a good near fall. A short time later, Miz hit a running clothesline in the corner, but Smith caught him. Tyson Kid tagged in and hit the Hart Attack Clothesline to get the pin...

Powell's POV: A solid, yet unspectacular tag match. I expected something special, but they didn't deliver. The crowd was entertained, yet wasn't hot for the match. WWE really needs to establish characters for The Hart Dynasty. They're nothing more than Bret Hart's happy go lucky extended family members at this point, and there's only so much the fans can rally behind that.

A video set up the Randy Orton vs. Edge match...

5. Randy Orton fought Edge to a double countout in 12:50. Late in the match, Edge went for a spear, but Orton kicked him. Orton struck the Viper's Pose and slammed his fists on the mat repeatedly. He grabbed his right forearm in pain and his arm hung at his side when he stood up. He mouthed the word "wait" a couple times.

The referee flashed the X symbol so signify a legitimate injury. Striker noted that Orton has had a separated shoulder in the past. Edge rolled to ringside and Orton followed while holding his right biceps. Edge punched him and Orton quickly fell to the mat. Edgekicked him and then punched him. Orton backed toward the guardrail. Edge went for a spear and Orton moved as the referee counted both men out.

Orton was still holding his right forearm and biceps. Edge recovered and the referee pushed him away while a trainer tended to Orton. Randy eventually walked backstage while holding his arm at his side. A group of referees surrounded Edge to make it look like they were holding him back while Orton headed up the ramp...

Powell's POV: The announcers noted that Orton was favoring his arm earlier in the match and it appeared like he did further damage by slamming the mat with his fists. It was an awkward finish and there were some boos, but it seemed like people understood that Orton was legitimately hurt. This could be a big blow to WWE if Orton is out for a prolonged period of time.

6. Big Show defeated Jack Swagger by DQ in a World Hvt. Championship match in 5:05. Show dominated early. He teased going for a chokeslam, but Swagger kicked his leg a couple times. Rather than release the hold, Show pushed Swagger backwards over the top rope. Swagger brought the title belt back inside the ring and struck Show with it for the intentional DQ.

After the match, Swagger grabbed a chair and hit Big Show with it a couple times. Swagger expressed concern when Show got to his knees. Swagger ran at Show with the chair. Show reached up and eventually grabbed him by the throat (he struggled to get his hand around Swagger's neck. Show chokeslammed Swagger.

Show grabbed the chair and struck Swagger with it. Show picked up Swagger and chokeslammed him onto the chair. Show lowered his strap and played to the fairly receptive crowd before tagging Swagger with the big knockout punch. Show slapped the hands of fans as he headed backstage. A group of referees helped Swagger to the back as he sold the post-match attack...

Powell's POV: Weak finish made worse by the injury altered finish of the Edge vs. Orton match. I'm surprised they didn't go a little longer. Granted, Show is better in small doses, but a short match combined with the cheap finish made for a letdown situation out of a match I didn't even have high hopes for.

Another f'n commercial aired... The announcers narrated footage of Batista attacking Mark Henry...

Backstage, Josh Matthews asked Batista if he can make John Cena say "I quit." Batista said Cena cried like a baby while saying he quit last week after Raw went off the air. He said he plans to make Cena say it loud enough for the entire world to hear...

7. Eve beat Maryse to retain the WWE Divas Championship in 5:00. Maryse controlled the action early. She went for a cover at one point and yelled at the referee when Eve kicked out. Later, Eve went for a running flip onto Maryse, who lifted her knees. However, Eve came back and got the win when she got Maryse's head between her knees and drove it into the ground, which set up the pin...

Powell's POV: The live crowd was dead for that one. The two previous matches didn't help, but it's not like the women have been electrifying the live crowds lately. Good effort, but the fans just aren't buying into the way WWE is presenting the Divas.

Cole set up a video by reminding viewers that this will be the last time Cena and Batista meet for the WWE Championship...

8. John Cena defeated Batista in an "I Quit" match to retain the WWE Championship in 20:30. The bell rang and Batista grabbed the mic. He said Cena knows he quit last week after Raw went off the air. Batista said he was giving Cena one chance to say he quits before the match started. The referee asked Cena if he wanted to quit.

Cena took his time and said: "You made your point. I...I don't think so." Cena punched Batista with the mic in hand. Weak tease since no one in the building actually thought there was a chance Cena would quit there. Batista quickly took control.

There was a big spot midway through the match where Cena set up Batista for an Attitude Adjustment while standing on one announcers table. However, Batista slipped out and power slammed Cena through the other announcers table. Cena came up bleeding. The ref stuck the mic in Cena's face and asked if he wanted to quit. Cena said no and then the trainer went to work on the cut.

Batista walked over to Cena while the trainer was still working on him. The referee told the trainer to back up. Batista grabbed Cena and threw him over a guardrail and then followed him into the crowd. Batista dragged Cena to the top of the first bowl and slammed his head into the wall.

Batista eventually took Cena to the stage. Cena was beat down near the wall of the stage set. Batista climbed inside a car that was part of the set and backed it into the wall where Cena had been sitting. Cena fired up and went to work on Batista, who said he didn't want to quit.

"I was really hoping you'd say that," Cena said. Cena hoisted up Batista for an Attitude Adjustment while standing on the roof of the car. The ref put the mic in Batista's face. "I quit," yelled Batista to end the match. Cena still performed the Attitude Adjustment off the roof of the car and drove Batista through the grating on the stage and into a hole below.

Cena headed back to the ring to celebrate with the title belt to close the show. After a lengthy celebrating, Cena finally headed up the ramp and onto the stage. He turned around to face the fans one more time. Sheamus came out and nailed him with a big boot to the face. A stretcher was being wheeled into the picture as the show went off the air...

Powell's POV: A strong brawl to close the show. Good effort from both men. They never made me think there was a chance Cena would quit, but I don't think anyone really felt there was a chance anyway. The slow motion replays of Batista taking the bump through the stage were really cool. The post-match attack by Sheamus means that feud will pick right up where Cena vs. Batista left off.

Overall, though, this was a throwaway show. The tag title match wasn't as hot as I expected, Orton's injury spoiled the finish of his match, Swagger vs. Big Show had a lame finish, and no one cares about the Divas. Those four matches taking place consecutively didn't do the card any favors. I'm not sure why they held the Punk vs. Mysterio match so early. Of course, they had no way of knowing Orton would get hurt, but I still would have had Punk vs. Mysterio on later, particularly since the fans were getting what they wanted with the head shaving.
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