WWE returns to pay-per-view this Sunday with Over the Limit.

May 18, 2012|By Adam Testa and Arda Ocal

The post-WrestleMania season is beginning to come into full bloom, as new stories for the summer are beginning to develop and champions are finding new challengers – well, sort of.

Five matches have been announced for the PPV itself and one for the Internet exclusive pre-show. The results of these matches will likely dictate the next three months or so of the summer.

Ring Posts bloggers Arda Ocal and Adam Testa weigh in on the match card:

Pre-Show Match

Zack Ryder vs. Kane

Arda: I would have enjoyed this match a couple months ago, but now unfortunately, it has a home on the YouTube/Facebook pre-show. I see Kane scoring the victory here in a match with no real consequence. Personally, I would have rather seen the Intercontinental or United States title defended. If every month it was standard that the pre show matchup would be a title match, it might be more appealing.

Prediction: Kane

Adam: As Arda alluded to, several months ago, this match would have been red hot with Ryder seeking revenge on Kane. Now, WWE has used both men in such different ways that the audience has moved on. A lot of people probably don’t even remember Kane throwing Ryder off the stage in the first place. But Kane seems to be the bigger commodity in today’s WWE, so he’ll get the win here and Ryder’s train of momentum will spin ever further off the tracks.

Prediction: Kane

Divas Championship

Layla (c) vs. Beth Phoenix

Arda: I have felt that Layla has been put in a no-win situation following her return from a year long injury. In her surprise return, fans were hoping for Kharma. Kharma teased that it was Kharma. Even when Eve said before the match it wasn't Kharma, fans wanted Kharma. Instead, they got Layla, cold, after a year off TV, which was met with a combination of deflation, indifference and a minority of applause. Then, Layla wins the Divas title quickly against a departing Bella. I think Layla deserved better, certainly more hype for her return — and I hope this is the match that will remind fans of her abilities in the ring. Fingers crossed that this will be a candidate for divas match of the year, and it might very well steal the show if given time to breathe. Layla retains. Will Kharma finally emerge?

Prediction: Layla

Arda: If WWE planned to put the belt back on Phoenix this quickly, they could have just had her beat the Bella to regain the title. That didn’t happen, and instead, Layla returned and won the Divas Championship. I’m not a fan of hot-shotting any championship, so I hope to avoid a change here. I see Layla and Phoenix continuing to feud through the summer, so Layla is keeping the title here.

Prediction: Layla


Tag Team Championship

Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) vs. Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger


Arda: Not since TLC in December have the WWE Tag Team titles been defended on PPV. The straps were contested for seven times on PPV in 2011, and only once so far in 2012. I am a fan of tag team wrestling, and maybe I'm in the minority, but I want more, which is why I'm happy to see more tag teams like Darren Young/Titus O’Neil emerge and Abraham Washington "managing" former champs Epico and Primo. I see Kingston and Truth winning this match — I don't think many want to see Ziggler and Swagger as tag champs. I want to see Ziggler slowly but surely climb the main event ladder and become a legitimate main event player by SummerSlam.

Prediction: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth


Adam: Swagger and Ziggler seem to be stuck in a directionless, midcard purgatory. I long advocated for them to be built as a team and pushed, if that was the best WWE could do with them at the moment. And now it happened, but I find myself hoping they don’t get pushed too far. Like Arda, I think Ziggler has main event potential as a singles star, but I think it will take longer than this summer to achieve. But it also seems pointless to pull a title switch here, when All World Enterprises are clearly being built up to regain the titles. I think Primo and Epico will be the ones to dethrone Kingston and Truth. Sorry, Dolph.

Prediction: Kofi Kingston and R-Truth


World Heavyweight Championship

Sheamus (c) vs. Randy Orton vs. Alberto Del Rio vs. Chris Jericho


Arda: At first I wasn't a fan of this setup, largely due to the fact that I was looking forward to two singles matches involving these four superstars (Sheamus vs. Del Rio, Jericho vs. Orton). There is enough experience and talent in this match that it will be entertaining, however, so I won't complain too much about it. Sheamus is still a fresh champion and looking at his positioning and focus, I see him retaining the title going into a special match with ADR at the next PPV event.

Prediction: Sheamus

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