WWE // 2011 // 175 Minutes // Not Rated
Reviewed by Judge Franck Tabouring (Retired) // August 6th, 2011
They know no limits...
The stars of RAW and SmackDown are back in action, taking over Seattle, Washington, for WWE: Over the Limit 2011, and here's the complete lineup:
* Rey Mysterio vs. R-Truth
In the first match of the night, Rey Mysterio goes head-to-head with R-Truth, and while both athletes are known for their flexibility and ability to lead highly entertaining battles, this fight is definitely not the kind you would want to watch over and over again. That said, this clearly isn't the worst matchup either, because both Mysterio and R-Truth do offer a handful of impressive moves all while keeping the pace of the battle steady throughout.
* Wade Barrett vs. Ezekiel Jackson in an Intercontinental Championship
Things quickly worsen though, because this title match between Jackson and Barrett fails on many levels. Although their fight lasts for less than 10 minutes, it still ends ups dragging, primarily because both athletes spend most of the time inside the ring engaging in sloppy kicks and punches. They deliver a few slams here and there, but overall, they're both being way too passive, taking the action outside the ring way too often. This is undoubtedly one of the most boring PPV matches I've seen in a long time.
* Sin Cara vs. Chavo Guerrero
WWE newcomer Sin Cara gets his PPV shot against Chavo Guerrero at this year's WWE: Over the Limit, but the match-up between the two wrestlers fails to impress, despite Cara's efforts to show off his flexibility and technical skills. Essentially, this is Sin Cara's match. It's a solo performance, because Chavo barely gets a chance to strike back or pull off a decent move on his own. Sin Cara dominates this fight from start to finish, leaving Chavo to stumble around while his opponent gets to show off his signature maneuvers. Boring.
* Big Show & Kane vs. CM Punk and Mason Ryan in a Tag Team
As the quality of this event is quickly worsening, a little improvement finally surfaces in this tag team match between Kane & Big Show and CM Punk & Mason Ryan. This is not a memorable fight, mind you, but it at least offers a fresh combination of high-risk moves, slams, slaps, kicks, and strong punches. Punk remains on the technical side as the remaining athletes go at it a little harder, but the overall quality of the wrestling action we get to see in this battle easily tops that of the previous matchups.
* Kelly Kelly vs. Brie Bella in a Divas Championship Match
Another disastrous match. Enough said.
* Christian vs. Randy Orton in a World Heavyweight Championship
Finally! Finally a great matchup! Christian and Orton are almost always fun to watch against other WWE stars, but seeing them go head-to-head really kicks things up a notch. Surely enough, this title match is undoubtedly the best one of WWE: Over the Limit 2011. Wasting no time, both wrestlers switch gears relatively early, proving that going full force for 20 minutes is something they can both handle. The energy inside the ring flows well, the variety of moves and powerful maneuvers they choose to engage in keeps the wrestling action fresh, and the constant buildup of momentum on both sides finally culminates in a solid finale that wraps up a memorable PPV experience.
* Michael Cole vs. Jerry Lawler in a Kiss My Foot Match
This is more of a joke than a wrestling match, but truth be told, it is somewhat entertaining for a little while. Of course, the whole sketch involving Cole and Lawler goes on for way too long, with Lawler starting the match offensively and giving Cole no chance to land a punch or kick. The battle ends quickly enough, but the whole thing about the loser kissing the winner's foot drags on for another boring 10 minutes. It's obvious the WWE messed up big time when it came to properly scheduling this event, and I seriously wonder if this is really what the fans want to see...
* John Cena vs. The Miz in a "I Quit" Match for the WWE
For some odd reason, this title match between Cena and The Miz is essentially a handicap match, with the Miz brining along Alex Riley to help him work on his opponent. As such, the match loses some of its appeal, even though Cena occasionally manages to get back up to his feet and take on two wrestlers at once. With no rules in place, the action moves occasionally outside the ring, but for most of the pretty long 27 minutes, Miz and Riley just dominate Cena. Worse, the battle completely falls apart during the last five minutes, leaving me to believe WWE writers just had no clue about how to structure this event.
Anyway, as usual, this WWE pay-per-view is presented in widescreen format, and the picture quality and audio transfer work just fine for this type of television event. In terms of special features, the DVD offers a short backstage interview with John Cena.
WWE: Over the Limit 2011 disappoints big time. With only one memorable match in the lineup, this event easily ranks among the weakest WWE pay-per-views of the past year.
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Scales of Justice
* 1.78:1 Anamorphic
* Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
* Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo (Spanish)
Running Time: 175 Minutes
Release Year: 2011
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
* Backstage Interview
* Official Site