Over the Limit (2012)

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Over the Limit (2012)
The promotional poster featuring Randy Orton
Tagline(s) What's your limit?
"War of Change" by Thousand Foot Krutch[1]
Promotion WWE
Date May 20, 2012
Attendance 8,000[2]
Venue PNC Arena
City Raleigh, North Carolina
Pay-per-view chronology
Extreme Rules (2012) Over the Limit (2012) No Way Out (2012)
Over the Limit chronology
Over the Limit (2011) Over the Limit (2012) Final

Over the Limit was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event produced by WWE. It took place at the PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina on May 20, 2012. It was the third and final event under the Over the Limit chronology.

Ten professional wrestling matches took place at the event, nine of which were broadcast live on pay-per-view. In the main event, John Laurinaitis defeated John Cena. Also featured was CM Punk defeating Daniel Bryan to retain the WWE Championship, and Sheamus defeating Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho to retain the World Heavyweight Championship.

The event garnered 167,000 buys, up from 140,000 the previous year's event received.[3]


One of the prominent feuds from the Raw brand was between John Cena and the General Manager of Raw and SmackDown, John Laurinaitis. On the night after losing to The Rock in the main event of WrestleMania XXVIII in early April, Cena's promo was interrupted by a returning Brock Lesnar, who immediately attacked him with an F-5. It was revealed the next week on Raw that Laurinaitis hired Lesnar to replace Cena as "the face of the WWE" by taking him out at Extreme Rules. A battered Cena barely managed to defeat Lesnar, and in a post-match promo, emphasized his injuries and announced he would be "taking a vacation." The next night on Raw, Lesnar attacked WWE COO Triple H (while he was arguing with Laurinaitis about the validity of Lesnar's contract), breaking his arm. With Lesnar's WWE job now in jeopardy, and after advice from his Executive Administrator Eve Torres, Laurinaitis decided on Cena's next opponent, for Over the Limit. Later that night, while Cena was in the ring, Laurinaitis appeared on the entrance stage to announce that opponent, and introduced Lord Tensai. Laurinaitis and Tensai then attacked Cena, and Laurinaitis revealed that he (Laurinaitis) would be Cena's opponent. The WWE Board of Directors stipulated the only way to win would be by pinfall or submission, anybody interfering in the match would be immediately fired and, if Laurinaitis lost the match, he would be fired.

The main event feud from Raw heading into Over the Limit was between WWE Champion CM Punk and challenger Daniel Bryan. Following the Extreme Rules pay-per-view (where Punk successfully defended his title against Chris Jericho in a Chicago Street Fight and Bryan failed to regain the World Heavyweight Championship from Sheamus in a 2 out of 3 falls match), Eve Torres announced Punk's next challenger would be decided by a series of Beat the Clock matches on the April 30 edition of Raw. In the final match of the evening, Bryan defeated Jerry Lawler in the fastest time to become the #1 contender.

The main storyline from the SmackDown brand led to World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus defending his title in a Fatal 4-Way match against Alberto Del Rio, Randy Orton, and Chris Jericho. After defeating Daniel Bryan in 18 seconds at WrestleMania XXVIII to win the title, Sheamus faced a returning Alberto Del Rio in a non-title match on the April 6 edition of SmackDown. Del Rio defeated Sheamus via disqualification to earn a future title shot. Sheamus again defeated Bryan at Extreme Rules to retain his title and end their rivalry, opening the way for Del Rio's title opportunity at Over the Limit. On the May 7 episode of Raw, Sheamus and Orton faced Jericho and Del Rio in a tag team match. Jericho pinned Sheamus after a Codebreaker, after Sheamus accidentally kicked Orton in the face. They argued, in John Laurinaitis' office, about who should be next in line for the title. Laurinaitis announced a Fatal 4-Way match for the World Heavyweight Championship at Over the Limit, instead of the originally advertised singles match between Sheamus and Del Rio.


The Pre show saw Zack Ryder vs Kane. Ryder got some hits in and got the Broski Boot then went for the Rough Ryder, but Kane caught him with his finsher, the Chokeslam for the win.


The first match of the night was a 20 man Battle Royal for a United States Championship or Intercontinental Championship match. It was ultimately won by Christian.

The next match was Kofi Kingston and R Truth defending the WWE Tag Team Championship against Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger. The two teams took turns controlling the match. It was Truth and Kingston who got the win and retained the tag titles

Then, Layla defended her Divas Championship against Beth Phoenix. Beth tried to nail Layla with a Glamslam but Layla countered it and hit the Lay-Out to retain the title.

The fourth match of the night was Sheamus defending the World Heavyweight Championship against Chris Jericho, Randy Orton, and Alberto Del Rio in a Fatal 4 way match. They hit each other with their Finshers but kept kicking out. The match came to an end when Sheamus nailed Jericho with The White Noise and successfully pinned him to retain his title.

The fifth match had The Miz vs Brodus Clay. Miz got some moves and got a DDT in, but Clay won in the end after a splash. After that, Clay and the Funkadactyls brought some kids into the ring and danced.

Then, Christian became the Intercontinental Champion after defeating Cody Rhodes who (Christian) won the Battle Royal earlier that night. Christian controlled the match all the way and pinned Rhodes after a Killswitch.

Then CM Punk defended the WWE Championship against Daniel Bryan. Both Punk and Bryan took over each other, in the end when Bryan had Punk in the Yes Lock, Punk pinned Bryan to retain the title despite tapping out immediately thereafter.

The next one was Ryback taking on Camacho. Ryback won the match in just 54 seconds, after he delivered a Shell Shocked to Camacho.

The main event was John Cena taking on Raw and SmackDown General Manager John Laurinaitis. John Laurinaitis won as Big Show, who had been previously fired by Laurinaitis, interfered and knocked Cena out with a WMD, allowing Laurinaitis to pin him and keep his job.


No. Results Stipulations Times
1 Kane defeated Zack Ryder Singles match[4] 6:52
2 Christian won by last eliminating The Miz 20-man Battle Royal, with the winner getting a choice of a United States or Intercontinental Championship match. 12:24
3 Kofi Kingston and R-Truth (c) defeated Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger (with Vickie Guerrero) Tag team match for the WWE Tag Team Championship[5] 13:44
4 Layla (c) defeated Beth Phoenix Singles match for the WWE Divas Championship[6] 07:50
5 Sheamus (c) defeated Chris Jericho, Randy Orton and Alberto Del Rio (with Ricardo Rodriguez) Fatal four-way match for the World Heavyweight Championship[7] 16:06
6 Brodus Clay (with Naomi and Cameron) defeated The Miz Singles match 05:48
7 Christian defeated Cody Rhodes (c) Singles match for the WWE Intercontinental Championship 08:35
8 CM Punk (c) defeated Daniel Bryan Singles match for the WWE Championship[8] 24:04
9 Ryback defeated Camacho (with Hunico) Singles match 00:54
10 John Laurinaitis defeated John Cena No Disqualification match; had Cena won, Laurinaitis would have been fired, and anyone who interfered would have been fired.[9] 17:02
  • (c) – refers to the champion(s) heading into the match
  • ‽ – indicates the match took place on the pre-show

Battle Royal[edit]

Elimination Wrestler Eliminated by Time
1 Heath Slater Khali 01:27
2 Michael McGillicutty Khali 01:40
3 JTG The Usos 02:02
4 Yoshi Tatsu McIntyre 02:18
5 Ezekiel Jackson Hawkins & Reks 02:30
6 Jey Uso Young 03:07
7 Drew McIntyre Hawkins & Reks 03:40
8 Curt Hawkins Khali 03:56
9 Tyler Reks Khali 03:57
10 Jinder Mahal Khali 04:08
11 The Great Khali Young, Miz & O'Neil 05:21
12 Titus O'Neil Jimmy Uso 06:03
13 Jimmy Uso Young 06:40
14 William Regal Christian 07:17
15 Darren Young Riley 07:48
16 Alex Riley Miz 08:30
17 Tyson Kidd Otunga 09:32
18 David Otunga Christian 11:29
19 The Miz Christian 12:24
Winner: Christian


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  5. ^ "WWE Tag Team Champions Kofi Kingston & R-Truth vs. Jack Swagger & Dolph Ziggler". WWE. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  6. ^ "WWE Divas Champion Layla vs. Beth Phoenix". WWE. Retrieved 2012-05-10. 
  7. ^ "Fatal-4-Way World Heavyweight Championship Match". WWE. Retrieved 2012-05-07. 
  8. ^ "WWE Champion CM Punk vs. Daniel Bryan". WWE. Retrieved 2012-04-30. 
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