John Cena put away Brock Lesnar at Sunday’s Extreme Rules pay-per-view, but now he must fight the hired gun’s boss himself next month.

In the closing scene of Raw, General Manager John Laurinaitis threw Cena a curveball. Laurinaitis told Cena his opponent for Over the Limit would be announced at the end of the show.

But while Lord Tensai and his henchman surrounded Cena, Laurinaitis clubbed Cena from behind and announced that he would face the WWE’s top superstar at the pay-per-view himself.

Tensai’s emergence left a feeling of being let down, but the swerve makes the situation more engaging. A stipulation of some sort will surely be added in the coming weeks, but it will be especially interesting to see how this plays out.

In 2012, a non-title match has headlined every pay-per-view, so it will be worth watching to see what happens with Over the Limit.

As for Cena’s Extreme Rules opponent, business also appears to be heating up with Lesnar, as he attacked COO Triple H and broke his arm.

A Lesnar-Triple H match doesn’t sound all that great to me, but I could see it happening somewhere down the road, possibly SummerSlam or Survivor Series.

But tonight’s Raw was a good start to getting Lesnar’s heat back after losing his first match in eight years. WWE is creating a story I can find myself wanting to follow, at least for a while to see where it leads.

Only one night in, the build for Over the Limits already appears to be off to a promising start.


Quick Hits


  • In a shocking move, R-Truth and Kofi Kingston won the Tag Team Championships from Primo and Epico. Truth and Kingston make a good team, even if their pairing is based on nothing more than skin color, but they've had no real build as a team. WWE has done more to build up the teams of Jack Swagger and Dolph Ziggler and Great Khali and Big Show than this duo. That said, the match was good and fun to watch. And after it was over, Abraham Washington confronted the Colons, so let's hope this story actually goes somewhere worthwhile.


  • The Miz earned his win back from United States Champion Santino Marella in the first of five "Beat the Clock" matches to determine a new No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship. Winning a match and being announced as the new lead star of "The Marine 3" might be a combination worthy of calling today the best day of Miz's career in a long time.


The second "Beat the Clock" match between Chris Jericho and Big Show had a very awkward ending, as not even the commentators knew what to think. This showed the problems with trying to end one of these matches with a countout. The match itself was decent, but the botched ending kind of ruined it.