Case Number 19167: Small Claims Court

WWE: OVER THE LIMIT 2010

WWE // 2010 // 173 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // June 26th, 2010

The Charge

Over the limit. Out of control.

The Case

World Wrestling Entertainment tends to introduce new pay-per-views from time to time. One of this year's new events was Over the Limit, which featured an "I Quit" match between John Cena and Batista, as well as a S.E.S. Pledge vs. Hair match between CM Punk and Rey Mysterio. Here's the complete lineup:

* Drew McIntyre vs. Kofi Kingston in an Intercontinental Championship Match
Kingston and McIntyre go head to head for the gold in this opener, and both athletes put on a solid show. Kingston especially is always fun to watch, and he's engaging in just the right amount of spectacular maneuvers to fire up the crowd. McIntyre makes a good opponent, and both guys use their flexibility and speed to deliver an overall well coordinated title match that enables each guy to built momentum and keep the wrestling action from start to finish. So far, so good.

* R-Truth vs. Ted DiBiase
Unfortunately, the excitement doesn't last very long. R-Truth's matchup against Ted DiBiase fails to entertain, and while it's not a disastrous battle, it lacks the quality of a decent pay-per-view fight. It's a shame, really, because both wrestlers are capable of combining strong punches and risky moves for an amusing matchup. We do get to see one or two impressive maneuvers here and there, but all in all, this one lacks energy. This one could've been easily kicked off the card.

* CM Punk vs. Rey Mysterio in a S.E.S. Pledge vs. Hair Match
CM Punk and Rey Mysterio are back for yet another one of those silly hair matches. If CM Punk loses, he needs to shave his head, but if he wins, Mysterio has to join his S.E.S. group. Silly story line aside, this match totally works. Punk and Mysterio bring a lot of energy to this battle, and their actions and reactions are sharp and powerful. We get to see a big selection of solid stunts and maneuvers with strong impacts. Even though the ending of the match is a tad predictable, this fight easily qualifies as the event's best match so far.

* Hart Dynasty vs. Chris Jericho & The Miz in a Unified Tag Team Championship Match
Another excellent match. Both teams approach this title match with a lot of aggression and determination, and the result is surprisingly positive. The Hart boys deliver some awesome team moves; Jericho and The Miz each contribute several impressive moves as well. Clocking in at 10 minutes, this fast-paced tag team battle is by all means incredibly amusing.

* Randy Orton vs. Edge
The fun doesn't seem to last very long, because the matchup between Edge and Randy Orton is a rather disappointing one. For a pay-per-view, battle, this one is way too slow, lacking big, bold moves, or even the usual energy and effort we are used two from these two WWE superstars. Alas, the outcome of the match disappoints as well, and that's all there is to say about this one.

* Jack Swagger vs. Big Show in a World Heavyweight Championship Match
I don't know what the show writers were thinking when they planned this one, but the title match between Big Show and Swagger is one big disaster. Not only is it boring, but it also ends in the most unoriginal way you can imagine. No need to dig any deeper. Time to move on.

* Eve vs. Maryse in a Divas Championship Match
Even though I wouldn't call the divas title match memorable, it certainly beats its predecessor. Eve and Maryse deliver some cool moves here and there, but the fight ends quick without a bang. Again, Over the Limit would've done fine without this one on the card.

* John Cena vs. Batista in an "I Quit" Match for the WWE Championship
The main event is by no means the highlight of this PPV, but it certainly qualifies as one of the better matches. Considering this is an "I Quit" match, we're in for a lot of submission maneuvers. While these moves slow down the action, Cena and Batista keep the match alive and fast-paced throughout. Technically, both athletes handle the job pretty well, but once they take the action out of the ring and around the arena, their coordination starts to lose some of its precision. That said, the two wrestlers deliver an overall passable showdown.

The show is presented in full frame on the DVD, and as usual, picture quality and audio transfer are satisfactory. The bonus section on the disc includes some ridiculous backstage footage of CM Punk, a handful of some bad RAW commercials, as well as a rather lame extra match between Bret Hart and The Miz.

In brief, WWE: Over the Limit 2010 fails to impress. WWE has been delivering a bunch of acceptable PPVs recently, but this is definitely one of this year's weakest. Three solid matches just don't cut it, and I can only hope things will improve from here.

The Verdict

Guilty.

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Scales of Justice
Judgment: 70

Perp Profile
Studio: WWE
Video Formats:
* Full Frame

Audio Formats:
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)

Subtitles:
* None

Running Time: 173 Minutes
Release Year: 2010
MPAA Rating: Not Rated

Distinguishing Marks
* Bonus Footage
* Bonus Match
* Promos

Accomplices
* Official Website
http://www.wwe.com/shows/wweoverthelimit/