Article Written by Hobson Lopes (Twitter @HobsonLopes)
On the night following Extreme Rules, World Wrestling Entertainment presented Monday Night Raw. At the pay-per-view, John Cena, Sheamus and CM Punk walked away the victors, but will the WWE Universe get to see Cena in a WWE ring again soon after the beating he experienced?
To open WWE Monday Night Raw, starring Brock Lesnar, the general manager of Raw and Smackdown, John Laurinaitis came to the ring. He introduced the man who hurt Cena one night earlier, Brock Lesnar. Lesnar came out and said his first planned line, but was interrupted by the music of the Game, Triple H.
Triple H told Lesnar that he is done holding WWE hostage. Essentially, Triple H said no more private jets, limousines or even more money. He won’t approve any of the demands that Lesnar forced upon Laurinaitis last week.
“If you want to take your ball and pack it away with your loss to John Cena,” Triple H said. “And you want to take all that and god home, I’m fine with that.”
Laurinaitis continued to interrupt Triple H, saying that what he was doing wasn’t fair, but Hunter kept working on making Lesnar agree. As Triple H turned to talk to Laurinaitis, Lesnar attacked. Lesnar put Hunter in the Kimura and “broke” his arm. Sheamus, Big Show, Kofi Kingston and R Truth ran down to make the save, but it was too late. After returning from commercial, Hunter was being examined in the locker room by the doctor.
Eve appeared on the ramp and announced that a new No. 1 contender for the WWE Championship will be determined by using the Beat the Clock format.
Miz vs. Santino Marella
During the YouTube match before Extreme Rules, Marella successfully defended his United States title against Miz and was looking to get the win in the first of five Beat the Clock matches.
This match was put together well, but finished at 4:18 after Miz connected with the Skull Crushing Finale for the victory.
Divas Championship: Brie Bella vs. Nikki Bella vs. Layla
Layla returned from injury at the pay-per-view and won the title, but was forced to immediately make her first title defense. This match went about 30 seconds, with Layla getting the win after a roll-up. (Later in the show, it was announced that the Bella Twins were “fired” from WWE)
Chris Jericho vs. Big Show
The second Beat the Clock match pitted the former No. 1 contender battle the man who lost the Intercontinental title at the pay-per-view to Cody Rhodes.
This was a highly competitive match that saw the action get to the floor in the final 30 seconds. Jericho ducked a high boot attempt by Show and beat the 10 count to get the match victory, but it appeared to come a second after the horn sounded. When the shown returned from the commercial, it was determined that Jericho got the win at 4:19, meaning Miz still owned the time to beat.
Funkasaurus Brodus Clay vs. JTG
This was the typical Clay match that saw his opponent get some offense in, but in the end, a big splash capped the finish for Clay.
Randy Orton vs. Jack Swagger
The third Beat the Clock match featured two former world champions competing. With less than 30 seconds left before Miz’s time expired, Orton had his RKO blocked, leading to an ankle lock from Swagger. Orton rolled through and connected with an RKO and getting the win with two seconds remaining.
Tag Team Championship: Primo and Epico vs. Kofi Kingston and R Truth
After weeks of losing non-title matches on television, the tag team champions, Primo and Epico were attempting to change their fortune. Unfortunately, Kingston connected with the Trouble in Paradise, getting the win.
Great Khali vs. Kane
Before the match even started, I already hated WWE for putting Khali on television. The day he retires is the day I will celebrate for 72 straight hours.
Both men are former world champions, but it was a terrible match to watch. The time expired as both men were going for choke slams, but Kane wasn’t finished. He connected with a choke slam, leaving Khali on the mat as the show went to commercial.
Daniel Bryan vs. Jerry Lawler
This was another terrible move by the terrible WWE writing team. Bryan got the win in a little more than two minutes with the Yes Lock, earning his shot at CM Punk and WWE Championship. Bryan was celebrating in the ring, but Punk interrupted by standing at the top of the ramp with the world title above his head. Fans of both men will love to see them compete in the main event of a pay-per-view for a world title. They put on some of the greatest matches in the history of the independent circuit and will put together the match of the night.
John Laurinaitis Announces Cena’s Over the Limit opponent
Cena appeared first, wearing a sling on his “injured” arm. He said that the x-rays showed no breaks and the MRI showed no tears, so he is still ready to compete. Laurinaitis then interrupted the former world champion with his horrible entrance song.
These two men had their typical interaction, including Cena’s amazing impersonation of the general manager. Laurinaitis said that he was going to introduce Cena’s opponent for the next pay-per-view. Before he could make the announcement, Lord Tensai came to the ring. With Cena ready to fend off Tensai and Sakamoto, Laurinaitis attacked from behind with the microphone and said that his opponent would be “me.” The three men then continued to work on Cena’s injured arm, including a chair attack from the general manager, leaving Cena on the mat as the show went off the air.