Rob’s Predictions/Results: WWE Over The Limit 2012
By Rob Siebert
Editor, Fanboy Wonder
Some really big news items in wrestling over the past few days. Raw is going to be three hours permanently, and Impact Wrestling is going live. I’ll cover all of this in Tuesday’s Bell to Bell. For now, let’s talk about Over The Limit.
Kane vs. Zack Ryder (YouTube pre-show)
How ironic. Zack Ryder finally gets a high profile match with Kane, the man who “broke his back” a few months ago, and it’s relegated to the place he got 0ver, YouTube. I’m a big fan of these YouTube pre-show matches, though. It’s a great last minute enticer for the pay per view, as well as a nice bit of fan service. As for the match, Ryder gets beaten almost every week. I don’t see any reason why he’d beat Kane, one of WWE’s resident monsters. Granted, a victory for Ryder might be special given the online component. But I still see this one going to Kane.
Rob’s Prediction: Kane
I’m still sore about Beth Phoenix losing the title to Nikki Bella a few weeks ago. Truth be told, I’d have been sore about Beth losing a belt to anybody who wasn’t Natalya, Kharma or Tamina Snuka. But in any event, now we have Layla back with the belt. I’m thinking that all roads lead to Kharma as far as the Divas Title is concerned, and that whenever she comes back she’ll end up squashing Layla, which will lead to a title match with Beth. Ergo, Beth will have to job to Layla. Hey, she’s had it worse. Remember when she lost to Kelly Kelly at two straight pay per views? Ugh…
Rob’s Prediction: Layla El
WINNER: Layla El
While I’m not at all a fan of Jack Swagger’s, I’d love to see he and Ziggler take the belts here. I’m not into this throw-together team of Kofi Kingston and R-Truth. Did they just decide the two black guys with dreadlocks would look natural together? Actually, I’ve been sour on R-Truth since they turned his “Little Jimmy” bit into an imaginary friend gimmick. He doesn’t cut any funny promos anymore. All he does is walk to the ring pretending to talk to an imaginary midget. In any event, I’m thinking Kofi and Truth will take this one, as WWE has been playing up Abraham Washington becoming Primo & Epico’s new manager. It seems like they’ll eventually get a high profile rematch, which will hopefully lead to them not only getting the titles back, but getting a bit more personality as well.
Rob’s Predictions: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth
WINNERS: Kofi Kingston & R-Truth
On paper, this match looks great. Four world class wrestlers going at it for a major title. Whoever wins this one should come out looking strong, by virtue of outlasting the other three. They seem to be building toward a big match between Randy Orton and Sheamus, which as a battle of two babyfaces would be interesting. My big concern here is that Chris Jericho not get lost in the shuffle. We’ve probably only got another month or so with him, and WWE should really try and make the most out of the time he has left before going and doing stuff with Fozzy. I’d enjoy a match between he and Sheamus, or perhaps a match with Orton, at next month’s No Way Out pay per view. Ideally, Sheamus should keep the title here. His 18 second win over Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania made him look like a rock star, and he kept that momentum going last month. A win here will further establish him as a dominant champion, and one of WWE’s top stars.
Rob’s Prediction: Sheamus
As much as I roll my eyes at John Laurinaitis’ piss poor acting skills, I must admit I’m curious to see how he does here. As far as I know, the the 46-year-old Laurinaitis hasn’t wrestled since his retirement about 12 years ago. That’s a long time to be away, and a lot of pressure to put on a return match. I’m wondering if this match is going to be used to write Cena off television for a little while. Rumor has it he’s in line for a break, and we recently learned he’s going through a hectic divorce. Plus let’s face it, the guy has earned a few weeks off. The stipulation in this match is that if any WWE employee interferes in the match, they’re fired. The obvious swerve here is to have the Big Show,who Laurinaitis fired this past week on Raw in a very emotional segment, run in and cost Cena the match. Thus, Laurinaitis gets a victory and possibly new henchman. Either way, I don’t see WWE getting rid of Laurinaitis as an on air personality anytime soon, for better or worse.
Rob’s Prediction: John Laurinaitis
WINNER: John Laurinaitis
Holy crap. CM Punk and Daniel Bryan competing for the WWE Championship in the main event of a major pay per view. Talk about an indy wrestling fan’s wet dream. These two have an awesome opportunity to put on a classic match that educates the audience on just what two great workers can do in the ring together if given an adequate canvas to work with. True, when Bryan was World Heavyweight Champion they had several champ vs. champ matches on free TV, which I would argue heavily devalued what should be the ultimate match that can take place in WWE. But the amount of stock WWE is putting in these guys, to (presumably) close the show on a pay per view, says a lot about how much faith and respect they’ve earned from the powers that be. Given how WWE tends to be reluctant to push “small” wrestlers, that’s truly an aweome thing. As for who wins, I’m thinking Daniel Bryan will ride the wave of the newly formed “Yes!” phenomenon, and win the WWE Championship. That’s right folks, the American Dragon will be WWE Champion. Truly an indy fan’s wet dream.
Rob’s Prediction: Daniel Bryan
WINNER: CM Punk
- Cody Rhodes. I think Rhodes has become a big enough star that he deserves a regular presence on the pay per view scene. Rumor has it WWE will add a champion vs. champion match to the cardwith Rhodes and Santino Marella. So thankfully, Rhodes may not be missing in action after all.
- The Miz. Last month the Miz was relegated to the pre-show. Now he doesn’t even have that going for him. I’m honestly stumped here. Exactly what awful thing did he do?
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