The Big Assist.
The third annual WWE Over The Limit came to you, live on pay-per-view, from the PNC Arena at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. After months of having terrorizing and controversial reign as the General Manager of RAW, as well as also being the SmackDown GM since WrestleMania last month, John Laurinaitis, along with his Executive Administrator Eve have made things a living hell for the WWE roster, which included the firing of eighteen-year veteran Big Show and former Divas Champions The Bella Twins and the shocking assault on John Cena, but it may all come to a satisfying end at Over The Limit as the inventor of “People Power”, John Laurinaitis, goes one-on-one with ten-time WWE Champion John Cena and, if Laurinaitis loses, he will be terminated and, as revealed on RAW, the WWE Board of Directors has ruled that the match can only end by pinfall or submission and, if any Superstar interferes in the match, they will be terminated, as well as there being no one allowed at ringside.
After rising through the independent ranks together and cementing their unlikely spots atop the WWE, the match that no one believed could ever take place would take place as CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against a man he has known for the last ten years, “The Yes Man” Daniel Bryan.
Over The Limit would also feature Sheamus’ toughest test to date as the World Heavyweight Champion as “The Great White” will defend the gold against three challengers at the same time in “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, six-time World Champion Chris Jericho, and “The Viper” Randy Orton in a Fatal 4-Way Match.
The Divas Title would also be up for grabs as, in her first pay-per-view title defense, Layla would defend the Divas Championship against “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix. The top tag team in the WWE would be decided at Over The Limit as R-Truth & Kofi Kingston defend the WWE Tag Team Titles against “The Show Off” Dolph Ziggler & “The All-American American” Jack Swagger.
- “People Power” Battle Royal: Christian wins to earn a shot at either the Intercontinental or United States Title.
- WWE Tag Team Championship: R-Truth & Kofi Kingston (c) def. Dolph Ziggler & Jack Swagger (with Vickie Guerrero) by Kofi Kingston (c) pinning Dolph Ziggler following Trouble in Paradise to retain.
- Divas Championship: Layla (c) def. Beth Phoenix by pin following the Lay Out to retain.
- World Heavyweight Championship: Fatal 4-Way: Sheamus (c) def. Alberto Del Rio, Chris Jericho, & Randy Orton by pinning Chris Jericho following White Noise to retain.
- Brodus Clay def. The Miz by pin following the Funkasplash.
- Intercontinental Championship: Christian def. Cody Rhodes (c) by pin following the Killswitch to win the Intercontinental Title.
- WWE Championship: CM Punk (c) def. Daniel Bryan by countering the Yes Lock into a roll-up to retain.
- Ryback def. Camacho (with Hunico) by pin following the Machine Buster.
- John Laurinaitis (with Big Show) def. John Cena by pin following the W.M.D. by Big Show. As a result, John Laurinaitis keeps his job as General Manager of RAW & SmackDown.
In one of the most unusual starts to a WWE pay-per-view, Over The Limit abruptly gets underway with a “People Power” Battle Royal already underway as several WWE Superstars, including The Great Khali, David Otunga, Curt Hawkins, Tyler Reks, Drew McIntyre, Tyson Kidd, Jinder Mahal, Alex Riley, Jimmy Uso, Jey Uso, Ezekiel Jackson, Darren Young, Titus O’Neil, Yoshi Tatsu, William Regal, The Miz, and, most notably, “Captain Charisma” Christian with the winner of the battle royal getting either an Intercontinental or United States Title shot, depending on the winner’s choice! The battle royal would eventually come down to four as Christian, The Miz, Tyson Kidd, & David Otunga vied for the title shot. Tyson Kidd would do his best to eliminate The Miz, but David Otunga lends a hand, eliminating Kidd, leaving only Christian, The Miz, and David Otunga in contention. After enduring a two-on-one attack by The Miz and David Otunga, Christian manages to eliminate Otunga, leaving only Christian and The Miz in the match. Christian was then able to knock Miz off the apron, securing himself a title shot and the returning “Captain Charisma” opted to challenge for a title he has never won in his legendary career, the United States Championship! Can Christian successfully return and unseat Santino Marella to win his first United States Title?
Over The Limit then officially gets underway with the WWE Tag Team Titles on the line as R-Truth & Kofi Kingston make their first title defense against “The Show Off” Dolph Ziggler & “The All-American American” Jack Swagger, with Vickie Guerrero in their corner. At the end of a stellar tag match, it was Kofi Kingston hitting Trouble in Paradise on Dolph Ziggler en route to successfully retaining the WWE Tag Team Titles.
After an ankle injury kept her from getting her Divas Title shot at Extreme Rules, “The Glamazon” Beth Phoenix got her title shot at Over The Limit as Phoenix challenged Divas Champion Layla for the gold. After being on the receiving end of the punishment of Beth Phoenix for the majority of the match, Layla would battle back, hitting the Lay Out on Phoenix en route to retaining the Divas Title.
Then it was time for the World Heavyweight Championship to be up for grabs as “The Great White” Sheamus defends the World Heavyweight Title against “The Mexican Aristocrat” Alberto Del Rio, six-time World Champion Chris Jericho, and “The Viper” Randy Orton in a Fatal 4-Way Match where the first man to score a pinfall or submission will leave as the World Heavyweight Champion. At the end of an insanely chaotic match, it was Sheamus planting Chris Jericho with White Noise to finally get the three-count to retain the World Heavyweight Title.
Backstage, Intercontinental Champion Cody Rhodes is talking with Executive Administrator Eve about how Christian will defeat Santino Marella for the United States Title and “legitimize” the championship. Rhodes then states that he would have “embarrassed” Christian if Christian chose him. However, Rhodes then turns around to see Christian standing behind him as “Captain Charisma” tells Rhodes that he has changed his mind and he is deciding to challenge Cody for the Intercontinental Championship instead!
After his doing his best to show up Brodus Clay with his own dance routine, The Miz went one-on-one with “The Funkasaurus” Brodus Clay at Over The Limit. In the end, The Miz failed to end the undefeated streak of “The Funkasaurus” as Brodus Clay hits the Funkasplash on Miz en route to picking up the win.
After winning the “People Power” Battle Royal earlier in the night to earn either an Intercontinental or United States Title match, Christian changed his mind at the last minute as “Captain Charisma” opted to challenge Cody Rhodes for the Intercontinental Championship. During the match, Cody Rhodes’ frustration would reach a boiling point and this allowed the veteran, Christian, to take advantage as “Captain Charisma” plants Rhodes en route to winning his fourth Intercontinental Title!
Then it was time for the WWE Title match as CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against a man he has known for over a decade and rose through the independent ranks with in “The Yes Man” Daniel Bryan. In a match nothing short of awesome, Daniel Bryan locks in the Yes Lock on CM Punk, but Punk counters the submission into a roll-up as the referee counts the fall less than a second before Punk taps out as Punk narrowly picks up the win to retain the WWE Title.
Ryback was in action at Over The Limit as the undefeated juggernaut went one-on-one with Camacho, with Hunico in his corner. In another dominant display, it was Ryback hitting the Machine Buster on Camacho en route to picking up the win.
Then it was time for the main event as the regime of “People Power” seemed guaranteed to come to an end as RAW & SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis would go one-on-one with former ten-time WWE Champion John Cena and, per the orders of the WWE Board of Directors, if Laurinaitis loses, he will be terminated. In addition, the match must end by pinfall or submission and any Superstar who interferes in the match will be terminated. As soon as the bell rings, John Laurinaitis hops out of the ring, trying to escape through the crowd, but John Cena quickly retrieves the GM and tosses him back in the ring. Cena easily dominates and humiliates Laurinaitis, putting the GM in an airplane spin, dizzying Laurinaitis before Cena rings the bell right in the ear of Laurinaitis. Cena continues to torture Laurinaitis for his and the fans’ delight as Cena locks in the STF on the GM, promising to let go after ten seconds if Laurinaitis does not tap out. Surprisingly, Laurinaitis survives this twice before Cena dumps bottles of waters all over Laurinaitis and dumping the water down the pants of the GM. Cena then nearly empties a fire extinguisher on Laurinaitis before Cena dumps garbage all over the GM. Laurinaitis again tries to run away, but Cena gets ahold of the GM. In a surprising move, Laurinaitis is actually able to get some offense on Cena, taking Cena’s bad arm to the barricade. The GM was then actually able to take control of the match, delivering a pair of chair shots to Cena, but the Laurinaitis come back was brief as Cena easily retakes the advantage, using the chair as a surfboard on the GM before Laurinaitis gets in a low blow on Cena, buying himself some time to try and escape yet again. “Big Johnny” then limps and crawls through the crowd as Cena watches from the ring.
However, Laurinaitis’ attempted getaway is thwarted by the man he fired on RAW, Big Show! The unemployed giant brings the GM back to the ring, where the cowering Laurinaitis quickly finds himself between Cena and Big Show. For the fourth time in the match, Laurinaitis tries to escape the match, but Big Show steps on the hand of the GM. The seething Big Show then grabs Laurinaitis by the throat, ready to chokeslam the GM into oblivion, but the giant opts to let Cena finish Laurinaitis off. When it looked like Cena was going to put the finishing touches on the match by hoisting Laurinaitis up for the Attitude Adjustment, Big Show shocked the world by blasting Cena with the W.M.D.! Laurinaitis then musters what is left of his strength to crawl over and cover John Cena for the three-count to defeat Cena and keep his job! After being humiliated and humbled by the power-hungry General Manager on RAW, only to be fired from the WWE, why did Big Show assist John Laurinaitis in defeating John Cena?
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