Here’s what happened on the first ever WWE Over the Limit Pay Per View Event the broadcasted live from Detroit, Michigan.
Intercontinental Champion Drew McIntyre v. Kofi Kingston (Title Match)
Winner: Kofi Kingston (as predicted)
What Happened: There was no doubt that Kofi Kingston believed he was the rightful titleholder after SmackDown General Manager had to give the title back to Drew McIntyre despite firing him and stripping him of the title. He was reinstated by Vince McMahon himself, further perpetuating the idea the Drew McIntyre is “the chosen one” despite his rage-filled attacks on Matt Hardy lately.
Early in the match Kofi Kingston showed Drew how much he wanted the title. He had to be careful not to let his anger dictate his actions. Part of Drew McIntyre’s problem is his habit lately of just leaving the ring and being counted out when he didn’t want to continue. Though McIntyre has a lot of confidence, does that mean it is enough to defeat Kofi Kingston, who has already been the Intercontinental Champion?
McIntyre’s only hope is to really attack Kofi’s midsection and slow down the pace of the match to counter Kofi Kingston’s fast-paced fighting style. Despite being the reigning champion, the crowd in Detroit was clearly not on Drew’s side as they chanted for Kofi Kingston. There was a near disqualification with an illegal move on Kofi’s part, but the referee’s view was obstructed. Kofi wins with an SOS.
But McIntyre just can’t handle the loss, calling out Teddy Long. He wants to stop the event until Teddy Long comes out and reverses the decision. Who comes out instead? Matt Hardy. He immediately goes after McIntyre and quickly takes him down.
Now here’s a disturbing image: CM Punk staring into a mirror, with Serena stroking his “pure” hair and talking to the mirror like the evil queen from the Snow White story. Funny how Serena is conveniently holding a jar of Axe Hair product as they are one of the sponsors.
R-Truth v. Ted DiBiase
Winner: R-Truth (as predicted)
What Happened: Remember that this rivalry started 3 weeks ago when DiBiase approached R-Truth on Raw to be his “Virgil.” Since being slapped in the face, DiBiase has paid the Colon brothers to disrupt R-Truth’s matches. The problem with that strategy is that Carlito was released from his WWE contract two days ago. DiBiase was escorted to the ring by the original Virgil.
Ted DiBiase early on goes for weakening the arm of R-Truth, but the WWE Universe is really on the side of R-Truth. After being slammed into the ring, DiBiase gets in the face of R-Truth and says “How dare you?” and proceeds to get into a slapping tiff with DiBiase. Outside the ring Virgil, a former wrestler himself, threatened to be a distraction to R-Truth. He continues to be a distraction allowing DiBiase to get a temporary upper hand over R-Truth. Ted DiBiase spends a lot of time in the corner where Virgil is — maybe for advice? DiBiase tried to head to the top rope but R-Truth made him pay for that by bumping another rope.
There’s been a lot of slapping going on in this match. R-Truth wins with the lie detector.
Cut to Teddy Long on the phone talking about how he can’t wait for the John Cena and Batista match. Enter Drew McIntyre demanding a reversal of the match decision and that he fire Matt Hardy. Drew proceeds to begin to destroy Long’s office, even daring to go after Long’s picture of Martin Luther King, Jr. but then tells Long that he is more like Dr. King than Teddy Long will ever be. Huh?
Rey Mysterio v. CM Punk (SES Pledge v. Hair cut)
Winner: Rey Mysterio (as predicted)
What Happened: We know that CM Punk has been bent on getting Rey Mysterio to pledge the Straight Edge Society. He believes that if he can get Mysterio into the SES, then others will follow. The last time Punk’s hair was on the line at Extreme Rules, Punk managed to win, but there has been this mysterious hooded individual who has been disrupting matches on behalf of the SES.
CM Punk came out to the ring alone as Teddy Long has banned all outside influences from this match. What does that mean for our mysterious hooded individual?
Punk takes control of the match early on by stomping on Rey Mysterio in the corner of the ring. He was even able to throw Mysterio out of the ring a second time, but into the barber chair, head first. The referee has momentarily stopped the match because of an open wound on CM Punk. There is a lot of blood on Punk and a medic has been called for him. It does look like Mysterio has injured his right arm. Though Mysterio was able to drag himself back into the ring, Punk wasted little time beating Mysterio down outside of the ring.
The two went back and forth and have taken a lot out of each other in the process of this match. And not even a lateral press was enough to win the match for Rey Mysterio yet. It’s as though this match will never end. Punk manages to get Mysterio face first into a turnbuckle. A backbreaker wasn’t enough for Punk to win the match either. Punk tries to go for his GTS move, Mysterio counters but it’s not enough and gets slammed into the turnbuckle again. Punk tries to go for the cover but it’s not enough. But now Mysterio was finally able to complete a 619 on his third attempt. Although Punk counters after that, Mysterio counters and wins!
And here comes the mysterious hooded man to continue to beat on Mysterio. Punk motions for Luke Gallows and Serena to come out and Gallows brings handcuffs. But then out comes Kane to clear the ring! Mysterio manages to handcuff Punk to the rope and complete another 619. It’s barber time and Punk is screaming like a baby! When Mysterio is done, Serena covers Punk’s head with a towel from shame, but Mysterio removed the towel to show Punk how he looks now.
I would still like to know who the hooded SES guy is.
The next Pay Per View event is the Fatal Four Way on June 20th.
And now, backstage with Chris Jericho telling Big Show that he was just dead weight when they left. Then The Miz shows up behind Big Show and Big Show threatens to punch both of them. And for Jericho, revive him and then punch him out again.
Commercial break: Over the Limit sponsor, Prince of Persia, the game.
Unified Tag Team Champions The Hart Dynasty v. The Miz and Chris Jericho (Title Match)
Winner: The Hart Dynasty
What Happened: First of all, Natalya shouldn’t even be ringside. The Hart Dynasty and family have a tendency to cheat and her presence only makes me further suspect of the legitimacy of this match. Tyson Kidd and The Miz start off the match by pounding on The Miz. Interesting how they threw both The Miz and Jericho out the ring. David Hart Smith launched Tyson Kidd out of the ring to take down their opponents.
As I thought, Natalya did interfere with the match and allow David Hart Smith to do a running Power Slam on Chris Jericho. No pin for him or anyone. After a Hart Attack, The Hart Dynasty wins. How disappointing.
Randy Orton v. Edge
Winner: No winner; both were counted out.
What Happened: Well, even though the two used to be friends and tag team partners, they quickly became enemies again when Edge was drafted to Raw and cost Randy Orton the chance to be the number one contender for a title match.
There is a cautious beginning to this match as they both try to feel each other out and create their strategies. Edge takes advantage of getting Orton outside of the ring and using the barricade as a weapon. Randy Orton hasn’t done much of an offense but Edge has continued to attack the midsection of Randy Orton.
Now Randy Orton starts to get fired up but he is favoring his right arm which might have been injured earlier in the match. Space has opened up and Edge goes for the spear only to be countered by a boot the face. It looked like Randy Orton was poised for an RKO but couldn’t do anything because of his right arm. Outside of the ring, Edge went for a spear but Orton moved and Edge ran into the barricade. But the referee had already begun the 10 count. The count is over and both men are counted out. No winner.
Despite all of that, Edge still has to be held back by about 4 referees.
World Heavyweight Champion Jack Swagger v. Big Show (Title Match)
Winner: Big Show (as predicted) but still not the World Heavyweight Champion
What Happened: This is another rivalry that began when Big Show was drafted to SmackDown and Teddy Long named him as the number one contender for the title. Despite successfully defending his title in a Triple Threat Match, Jack Swagger obviously believes he is better than everyone, including Big Show. Though he is technically a good wrestler and has gotten better since winning the title, is it enough to overcome the size and strength of the Big Show?
As the Big Show comes out to the ring he’s got to be extra happy because of the earlier defeat of The Miz and Chris Jericho. Jack Swagger might go for the knees of the Big Show in order to injure him and bring him down to size. On the other hand, the Big Show knows that it only takes one punch to take down Swagger and win the title. Swagger has begun to realize that the Big Show can wrestle as well and he’s not sure what he’s going to do as he continues to take a beating from the Big Show. In fact, Swagger is being thrown around the ring like a rag doll. He takes his refuge outside of the ring, risking a count out.
Swagger has been able to know the Big Show off of his feet with a possible injury to his left knee. Jack Swagger takes the opportunity to temporarily overcome the Big Show. As the Big Show prepares for a choke slam, Swagger goes for his knee, rolls out of the ring, grabs the championship belt and gets himself disqualified, but the belt can’t change hands on a disqualification, only on a pinfall or submission. Then Swagger gets a chair to “finish off” the Big Show, but not before being choke slammed. Big Show takes the chair and uses it against Jack Swagger. The Big Show is pissed. Big Show punches out Swagger and it is truly over for the night. It takes two referees to help him walk out of the ring.
Commercial break: Axe Hair.
Rehashing the issues between John Cena and Batista, Josh Matthews is backstage with Batista, who claims that after the cameras went off at last Monday night’s Raw that Cena was screaming like a baby and promised to make him do it again.
Divas Champion Eve Torres v. Maryse (Title Match)
Winner: Eve Torres (as predicted)
What Happened: Maryse has been torturing Eve ever since losing the title a few weeks ago. Since Maryse thinks she’s the rightful owner of the title, she has attacked Eve at every opportunity.
The match starts with a stare off. Maryse put her hand in Eve’s face to provoke her and attacked Eve’s left knee. Maryse continues her domination of the Divas Champion and every move she does has this spirit of meanness about it. Like she wants Eve to really pay. Outside of the ring Maryse tries to kick Eve but she ducks and Maryse connects with the ring post. Eve kicks out and starts to yell at the referee to do his job. Maryse manages to kick out of a faceplant followed by a pin. Able to hook both legs, Eve retains the Divas Championship title.
WWE Champion John Cena v. Batista (“I Quit” title match)
Winner: John Cena (as predicted)
What Happened: Since losing at Extreme Rules at a Last Man Standing match, Batista vowed revenge on the WWE Champion calling his win at Extreme Rules the most embarrassing moment of John Cena’s career. (John Cena won by duct taping Batista’s legs together around the ring post.) John Cena, in making this an “I Quit” match also announced that he would forfeit his rematch clause and that he will not quit.
Even on his way out to the ring Batista demands the spotlight. He wants to be the star. He wants to crush John Cena and impose his will on everyone, especially the Champ. Following John Cena (@WWEJCena) on Twitter, he give followers a bit of insight into his training over the weekend to prepare for this match. This is supposed to be the last time they will face each other for the WWE Championship.
The referee is handed a microphone and Batista challenges John Cena to say “I Quit” before any fighting began. The referee hands the mic to John Cena who responds with “I don’t think so” and starts the match. Anything goes in this match and John Cena has been in three “I Quit” matches, has never said the words and has never tapped out in his career. But Batista has never quit either. This match could go on for awhile as these two beat each other into the ground to make the other say “I Quit.”
Batista’s anger and jealousy has him trying to destroy John Cena physically and mentally. But the crowd in Detroit and the WWE Universe is clearly behind John Cena. It’s great that John Cena was able to the Five Knuckle Shuffle but was unable to complete the Attitude Adjustment because Batista held on to the ropes. Batista got Cena into his new submission move, refused to say that he quit and was able to get to his feet and put Batista into an STF. Cena let go and Batista was unable to answer the referee. Cena grabbed a water bottle from the announcer table and dumped it on him to revive him. A no from Batista and after a Spine Buster, a no from John Cena.
Batista has resorted to tearing up the announcer tables (including the table for the Spanish announcers). He take Cena to a stripped announcer table but even though Cena was able to get Batista up for a moment, he was able to take them both through the other announcer table. There is blood coming from John Cena’s head and a medic is tending to him, but the answer is still that he will not quit.
Batista then tosses John Cena over the barricade and into the WWE Universe. He drags Cena up through the stands. Maybe to make him quit in front of his fans? He takes Cena to a higher level and threatens to throw Cena over the metal bar. Going for a Batista bomb on cement, Cena is able to make his way out and get Batista over the bar and into the crowd. Batista still doesn’t want to quit.
*Update via Twitter from Beth Phoenix (@TheBethPhoenix) reports that Joey Styles watched 13 surgical stitches get put into CM Punk’s head and that the pictures were too graphic for WWE.com.
After bashing John Cena over the back with a chair repeatedly, Cena still won’t quit and Batista hops into one of the cars on stage and backs up into John Cena. But John Cena is okay and gives Batista an attitude adjustment over the hood of that same car. With Batista up on the top of the car getting ready for an attitude adjustment, Batista finally quit and was still thrown through the floor.
Just as John Cena is about the exit the arena, Sheamus comes out with a surprise boot to the head of John Cena, laying him out.
Be sure to watch Raw tomorrow night and SmackDown on Friday to witness the fallout from these matches.