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Raw: Lesnar speaks, two titles on the line, Cena upset
By MATT BISHOP - SLAM! Wrestling


Tonight on Monday Night Raw: It's another week of People Power and we get two big matches this week as CM Punk defends the WWE Championship against Mark Henry in a no holds barred match. Then, in the main event, John Cena is upset by a mystery opponent handpicked by John Laurinaitis. Should be a good one!

We are "LIVE!" from London, England. Michael Cole and Jerry "The King" Lawler are our hosts and this show is presented in WWEHD (TV-PG, V)

Match #1 - No Holds Barred Match for the WWE Championship - (c) CM Punk (Chicago, Ill.) vs. Mark Henry (Silsbee, Texas)

Henry's power advantage is evident early, as he takes it to the champion in the ring before the head to the floor. Well, Punk rolls right back in, using his speed advantage to hit a suicide dive to the outside. That edge doesn't last long, though, as Henry whips Punk into the post and gets a big smile on his face. But Punk stuns Henry, runs the rail and bulldogs Henry on the floor. Punk jumps off the apron onto Henry, but the World's Strongest Man catches him and whips him into the dasher.

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Henry still in control until Punk grabs a chair and uses it effectively, but only gets a two count. He goes to use it again, but Henry boots him in the gut and grabs the chair himself, leveling Punk in the back with it. He loads the chair up in between the top and middle turnbuckles. He's unsuccessful in his endeavor to use it, however. Henry works a bearhug but Punk elbows his way out, chop blocks Henry and DDTs him for a two count.

Punk to the top now and he goes for the elbow, but Henry catches him. He hoists for the World's Strongest Slam, but Punk escapes and hits a head kick, staggering Henry into the corner. Punk hits the high knee but Henry counters the bulldog, but in the ensuing exchange, Henry goes head-first into the chair that was in the corner. Now Punk goes to the top with the chair in his hand and comes gliding down, slamming the chair into Henry's head into the process.

Winner via pinfall and STILL WWE Champion: CM Punk

Chris Jericho comes on the screen at a bar. He lets us know he's been granted a WWE Championship match at Extreme Rules, where he'll face Punk in a Chicago Street Fight. Punk says there's no way Jericho is going to survive a Chicago Street Fight. Jericho asks Punk to show up to Extreme Rules sober because he saw where Punk was earlier today. We see footage of Punk going in and out of a pub. Jericho questions what he was doing. Punk challenges Jericho to come down to the ring and smell his breath. Jericho says Punk is on the path to alcoholism.

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Match #2 - WWE United States Championship - (c) Santino Marella (Calabria, Italy) vs. David Otunga (Chicago, Ill.)

Otunga with a big boot to the face and then he plants Santino with his finish, but Santino gets foot on the rope at the last second. Now he fires up, hitting the hip toss and diving headbutt. He follows with the Cobra and that does it.

Winner via pinfall and STILL WWE United States Champion: Santino Marella

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Now it's time to go to a sit-down interview with Brock Lesnar. Here are some highlights:

Why did I come back to WWE? THis isn't a feel-good moment, this isn't, 'Oh, I miss coming through the curtain, I miss all the fans.' At the end of the day, I don't care about anybody but Brock Lesnar. This is all about business.

If I was still around for the last eight year,s John Cena is a guy who'd be carrying my bags into this building.

This isn't a wrestling match on April 29. This is an Extreme Rules match. I have one objective in mind: Extreme chaos."

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Match #3 - Zack Ryder (Long Island, NY) vs. Kane (Hell, Fire & Brimstone)

Kane all over Ryder before the match even officially begins. He throws him all over ringside, then puts him in the ring and choke slams him. Looks like this isn't even going to be an official match.

Kane grabs a mic. He's mad at Randy Orton still. Cool.

Backstage, Daniel Bryan decrees the LaBelle Lock will now be called the Yes Lock, because when the referee asks if his opponent wants to quit, they'll be saying "Yes! Yes! Yes!"

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John Cena is out. He says he will fight April 29 no matter what, even if he is coming in take the biggest whooping of his life. This brings out our general manager, John Laurinaitis. He says Cena will compete in an extreme rules match tonight. But before we get to that, he says there will be a contract signing for Cena and Lesnar next week.

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Match #3 - Kofi Kingston (Ghana, West Africa) vs. Daniel Bryan (Aberdeen, Wash.)

Bryan in total control here. That is until they head to the outside and Kingston hits a big springboard crossbody.

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We're back and it looks like a fairly competitive match has broken out here. Bryan with a rear chinlock but Kingston escapes and hits some high-flying maneuvers, which he finishes with the Boom Drop. He calls for Trouble in Paradise but Bryan ducks. They engage in some reversals and Kingston hits the SOS for two. Kingston with a pendulum kick. He goes to the top but Bryan cuts him off. Bryan goes up with him but gets headbutted off. Kingston goes for the crossbody but Bryan moves and Kingston crashes and burns. Bryan takes advantage, locking in the Yes Lock and Kingston taps.

Winner via submission: Daniel Bryan

After the match, Bryan locks in the Yes Lock again until Sheamus comes down to make the save. He runs in and goes for the Brogue Kick, but Bryan ducks it and heads out.

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Match #4 - Brodus Clay (Planet Funk) vs. Dolph Ziggler (Hollywood, Fla.)

Ziggler immediately jumps on Clay but gets thrown for his troubles. He goes for the splash but Jack Swagger pulls Ziggler. Clay pulls Ziggler the other way, bringing Swagger in the ring and the referee calls for the bell.

Winner via disqualification: Brodus Clay

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Match #5 - The Great Khali (India) & The Big Show (Tampa, Fla.) vs. Primo & Epico (San Juan, Puerto Rico)

Khali dominates Epico, so the champs decide to cut their losses. Big Show brings them back and they hit stereo slams and that's it.

Winners via pinfall: The Great Khali & The Big Show

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Match #6 - John Cena (West Newbury, Mass.) vs. Lord Tensai (Tokyo, Japan)

Tensai all over Cena with his power. They head to the outside and Cena backdrops Tensai and drills him with the steel steps. Back in the ring, Tensai gains control again, but Cena fires up and locks in the STF. David Otunga runs in to break it but eats an Attitude Adjustment for his troubles. Cena turns around and picks Tensai up, but gets green mist unloaded into his face. Tensai follows with the Bernard Bomb and that is it.

Winner via pinfall: Lord Tensai

Matt Bishop can be reached at bishop20@msu.edu. Please include your name and hometown. Click here to follow Matt on Twitter. Should be a good one!.