In the wake of WWE Over the Limit, the biggest gripe is that the ending to the John Cena-John Laurinaitis match, in which the Big Show returned, teased beating up his former boss, then knocked out Cena allowing Laurinaitis to win and keep his job, was contrived and predictable. Of course, these are probably the same people angry when WWE swerved us and had Sheamus win the Royal Rumble after it was deemed that a returning Chris Jericho winning was "too predictable."

Sometimes, predictable is OK. This is one of those times. (And quite honestly, Jericho winning the Rumble would've been one of those times too, but I digress.)

Yes, veteran viewers of WWE and professional wrestling saw this coming a mile away. Laurinaitis humiliated the Big Show and fired him on Raw, then it was announced later in the show that if any employee of WWE interfered on Laurinaitis' behalf in his one-on-one match with Cena, they would be terminated. Astute fans put two and two together, and realized that the recently fired Big Show would likely get involved, since he was no longer an employee, and help the man who fired him win his match, and in return, he'd get his job back. Perhaps it would've been less obvious had Big Show been fired two or three weeks earlier, so more casual fans might've forgotten about him as a possibility.

Now, the big question is to what degree is the Big Show a heel now? Will he play the role of a babyface who is subservient to his heel boss, a la Shawn Michaels to John Bradshaw Layfield a few years back, in what I thought was one of the more intriguing storylines WWE has done over the years? Will he make a full heel turn who supports Laurinaitis because Show realizes "the error of his ways" that made him go soft (ie: become a babyface) who blubbered and cried last week? What's his motivation for his actions? (I'll ignore the logic gap that, had Laurinaitis been fired, there is a good chance the next general manager would've rehired Show, although perhaps they could do an angle where Teddy Long tells him that, only for Show to get angry because he didn't think it through all the way and now has to sleep in the bed he's made ... just sayin'.)

One thing that is certain, is that Big Show will be a monster carrying out Laurinaitis' demands for the foreseeable future.

Now, the real question is what happens to Cena after suffering this humiliating defeat to the former Johnny Ace? Does the feud with the boss continue, now fighting Laurinaitis' surrogate, the Big Show? Or does he get "fired" and take that long-awaited vacation that's been rumored (perhaps to deal with his impending divorce)?

As big of a Cena fan as I am, I do think some time away could do wonders for both his character and John Cena the man. Let him deal with some of these stressful personal issues, let the bumps and bruises heal and come back fresh at SummerSlam. Buyrates might suffer in the meantime -- you can always push up that Triple H-Brock Lesnar match to the June or July pay-per-views to offset Cena missing -- but it should offer a nice boost when SummerSlam rolls around. ...

On a night when most of the results were predictable -- CM Punk defeated Daniel Bryan in the match of the night and all of the advertised title matches saw the champions retain -- the PPV started out with a big surprise of a 20-man battle royal. I didn't watch the YouTube preshow, but apparently it was announced there that the battle royal would determine the new No. 1 contender for either Santino Marella's United States Championship or Cody Rhodes' Intercontinental Championship. Somehow, this was the storyline solution devised by Eve Torres and David Otunga when the mid-card champs started arguing over which title was more prestigious.

A returning Christian won the battle royal, working as a babyface despite spending the past year as a heel. While he initially challenged Santino, he changed his mind when Rhodes was doing a backstage interview and said Christian was smart for not challenging him. In an 8-minute match, Christian topped Rhodes with the Killswitch to win his fourth IC title.

While I'm happy to see Christian back, his return was a bit confusing. Last time we saw him, he was backing Team John Laurinaitis at WrestleMania before he was written off TV again with a storyline beating at the hands of CM Punk. I was really hoping that, upon his return, he'd enter into a feud with Punk, which likely would've given us a series of great matches. Instead, we get a babyface return. Hopefully, he'll get some promo time on Raw or Smackdown this week and explain why the change of heart.

Fans obviously respond well to Christian, and I think he's a more natural babyface at this point in his career, despite his enjoyable heel run a year ago. As indicated by his mid-card title win, however, as a babyface, he won't be part of the main event scene. That's a shame. In addition to a potential feud with Punk, I thought an extended Christian-Sheamus program for the World Championship and some sort of feud with Cena would've made for some excellent matches. The company is really lacking in established -- and serious -- mid-card babyfaces right now though, especially with Big Show's turn and Kofi Kingston and R-Truth working as the Tag Team Champions. ...

Speaking of whom, the tag match between R-Boom and the combination of Dolph Ziggler and Jack Swagger was a perfect example of what good tag team wrestling can be. While I understood why Kofi and Truth retained, I still really believe that Ziggler and Swagger are best suited to carry the tag team championships. But you can read more about that here. At least R-Truth got some yellow and blue paint on his jeans to match Kofi's tights so they look more like a team. I hate that A. Kofi Kingston still uses Jamacian entrance music and B. that the team is using Kofi's music instead of an R-Truth rap about the team. I just can't help but feel this is a very temporary thing. ...

Layla beating Beth Phoenix wasn't a huge shock to me, but to do so in such a clean fashion was. In the past year, when Beth has been defeated, it's seemed a bit flukish. I guess they really want to push Layla as the real deal. Here's the problem -- once you've beaten Beth Phoenix, there isn't much else to do in the Divas division right now. She's the top -- and really only heel, because Natalya has been buried and Eve's role isn't as an in-ring competitor anymore (or is it? I guess she could always book herself in a Divas title match?). A Kelly Kelly vs. Layla feud might be decent, even if both work as babyfaces. Where's Kharma? ...

Fatal 4-Way matches are rarely short on action, and this one didn't disappoint, although the ending with Sheamus pinning Chris Jericho after White Noise seemed a little anticlimactic. He hadn't used that move in what seemed like months (before WrestleMania) so the crowd didn't really react. They definitely popped for the false finishes sequence, however, especially when Orton hit RKOs on both Jericho and Alberto Del Rio. Orton seemed frustrated he failed to win the World Championship, and I really hope a heel turn is in the works for him.

He and Sheamus, by the by, had a great television match to main event Smackdown on Friday. Sheamus won with a roll-up after he missed a Brogue kick and Orton missed an RKO. It was a spot they repeated in the four-way Sunday. Give me more! ...

Give me more Punk vs. Bryan too. Their match was easily the best on the card, but it seemed like it could've been so much more. Like the World title match, the finish was anticlimactic. When I was writing my predictions, I went with a clean finish after a GTS, but the more I thought about it, the more I thought this match should've ended on some type of catch-as-catch-can wrestling cradle. I was thinking a backslide (which I haven't seen work successfully at a major PPV since Lex Luger beat Mr. Perfect at WrestleMania IX, although Perfect had his feet on the ropes). Instead, the finish came when Punk, hooked in the Yes Lock, rolled over and got Bryan's shoulders to the mat for a count of three, right before Punk tapped.

A piece of me thinks Punk should've tapped a second sooner, so that Bryan could make the case that he actually won the match and that the three-count and tap-out occurred at the same time. But Punk clearly tapped after the three-count. Still, if this is enough to lead to a rematch, I'm good with it. I want an Iron Man match, or at least a submissions only match. Bryan, who Michael Cole keeps claiming knows 100 submission moves, dipped into his bag of tricks a bit, but I'd love to see him use more holds during a match.

While I missed it on my first viewing, apparently Punk broke out Bryan's old Ring of Honor line, "I have 'til five!" when the ref makes him break a hold. Nice touch. ...

Cena-Laurinaitis is getting a lot of heat for being a main event comedy match, but I thought it was deserving of it's spot because of the "swerve" of the Big Show turning. Yes, I realize most people didn't think of it as a swerve, but still. Laurinaitis winning will be the main talking point going into Raw tonight. That's how you close a show.

My friends and I found ourselves laughing out loud at some of the antics of Cena and Laurinaitis. The 10-second thing was the STF was kind of funny, and I did get a kick out of them making fun of Booker T on commentary. I do wish Cena would've brutalized Laurinaitis a bit more than he did (why didn't we get a table spot?). The story was clear that Cena could've put him away at any time, but got too cocky and didn't.

My main gripe, though, is how long it took Laurinaitis to cover Cena after Big Show knocked him out with the WMD. I get that it's supposed to be a knockout punch, but c'mon man, five minutes of selling it? That was a bit much. If anything, Show should've just lifted Laurinaitis by his goofy sweatsuit and thrown him on top of Cena. I did like that before the finish, Laurinaitis seemed to be talking with Show while he had him in the goozle, making it plausible they worked out some sort of deal for Big Show's job on the spot. ...

Brodus Clay has officially worn out his welcome. He squashed the Miz for the third straight week, only this time Miz decided to claim that he was a better dancer than Clay, and proceeded to do Michael Jackson's Thriller dance. Oh, Miz. Clay has now squashed just about every heel in the mid-card, sans Cody Rhodes. He needs to lose eventually and get into a feud with someone. Rhodes seems like a logical choice. ...

Ryback squashed Camacho. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRRRING. That is all. ...

Tyson Kidd had a few nice hope spots in the battle royal, and nearly eliminated the Miz. He would've been a nice choice to challenge Rhodes for the title, if they didn't plan on turning Christian babyface. ...

Which reminds me, did you know that EVERY champion in WWE right now is a babyface? That needs to change, starting tonight on Raw. Someone please dethrone Santino. ...

Catching up on a couple of other things, I really enjoyed the Punk-Kane match from Friday's Smackdown. I can't recall those two having a feud before, but I could be wrong. I wouldn't mind a one-off title match between the two. After all, Kane did technically beat him Friday, which should position him for a title shot. Punk will likely resume his feud with Laurinaitis tonight, so it would make sense for "Big Johnny" to make Punk defend his title fresh off his grueling match with Daniel Bryan and put the belt on the line against Kane on Raw. Make it happen, WWE. ...

Also, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that Raw is moving to 3 hours each week starting July 23. I want to see what is discussed on Raw tonight before I write a full column on this. My gut reaction is that's too much wrestling, especially with Smackdown still being two hours. But, I'll happily eat my words if WWE pulls it off. Over the long haul, I think that will put undue stress on the creative team, unless more emphasis is put on straight wrestling matches to fill out the extra hour without a lot of storyline aspects to it. Heck, just turning those 3 to 5 minute matches that are standard faire for Raw into 7 to 10 minute matches should be enough to get the job done. I am very intrigued by the "interactive" idea behind the show, which could be pretty innovative. They need to expand on the whole Taboo Tuesday/Cyber Sunday/Viewer's Choice concept though for it to work.

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