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Raw: Super Cena returns already?
By NICK TYLWALK - SLAM! Wrestling


So John Cena has exercised his rematch clause and wants to face Brock Lesnar just a month after the worst beating of his career. Is that a smart idea? We'll start finding out tonight as Raw hits the air, live on USA.

We start the night with the first ever WWE Hall of Fame forum. The participants are Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels. The three of them discuss whether or not Cena should get a rematch against Lesnar -- HBK and the Nature Boy don’t think he should -- and who will win. Only Hogan thinks he has a chance. Cena comes out to answer the panel in person, and while he admits that the previous match was a 100 percent beatdown, he tries explaining why he wants the rematch and how it will be different. Cena ends his little speech by saying he’s not going to Night of Champions to beat Lesnar, he’s going to beat Lesnar’s ass.

Aw yeah, the Best of WCW Monday Nitro is coming to the WWE Network next week! That takes me back …

Match 1 - Rusev vs. Jack Swagger

Swagger gets one last chance at redemption, though he’s still nursing injured ribs. He successfully takes the fight to the Super Athlete early, but Rusev has the momentum by the time commercials come around. JBL claims that Swagger has spent most of this rivalry asleep, a not so nice reference to the fact that he passed out to the Accolade. Jack gets the Patriot Lock applied, and Rusev does an awesome job appearing to be in excruciating pain. He eventually gets out, and they battle on the floor before the struggle returns to the ring. Swagger gets a near fall, but Rusev ends up administering about 50 stomps to those weakened ribs, and the ref determines he is unable to continue. Rusev wins again, and this feud might be over as a result.

Rubbing salt in the wound is Bo Dallas’s speciality, and while Swagger gets checked out by the doctors, he tells Jack he needs to Bolieve if he wants to stop letting his country down.

Match 2 - Cesaro vs. Rob Van Dam - U.S. Title Number One Contenders Match

Cesaro seems a bit preoccupied with the presence of Sheamus at the announce table, so we’ll see if that costs him. Van Dam gets Cesaro into position to come off the top rope, but the Swiss Superman rolls away from the danger. A moment later, Cesaro hits the Neutralizer, and he’s officially in line for a shot at Sheamus’ belt -- or he could just go take it now, which he does before taunting him by throwing it back at the champ.

Time to plug the WWE Network again. Please people, I’m begging you. Just subscribe already so we can stop this.

Match 3 - Natalya vs. Paige

Natalya more than holds her own here, absorbing some early punishment and locking in the Sharpshooter to make the Divas Champion crawl to the ropes. Once Paige gets her wits about her, she’s able to hit the Paige Turner to grab the victory. And right on cue, here comes AJ. Paige backs into the ring to escape, but she turns right into a spinning lariat from Natalya. That leads to AJ giving a reluctant Paige a hug and kissing her hand.

Kane introduces Seth Rollins so he can deliver the eulogy to his former stablemate Dean Ambrose. He’s dressed for the occasion in an all black suit too. Most eulogies don’t involve the person giving the speech laughing at the “deceased,” but Rollins has some fun with the whole cinder block incident. Seth asks some what ifs, most notably what if his foe had simply known his place. He ends by saying he created the Shield and now was the one who destroyed it, a claim that is answered by Roman Reigns coming down through the crowd. Kane rushed right over to meet him, but Reigns bounces Kane off the steps and goes after Rollins. A shot from the podium sets up a big clothesline, but Kane is quick enough to grab Rollins and drag him out to safety.

Match 4 - The Usos (champions) vs. Goldust and Stardust (challengers) - WWE Tag Team Title Match

The Dust Brothers have the champs completely off balance in the early going, leading out to commercials. The announcers laugh over JBL botching his line wondering when the last time was that two brothers fought for the tag titles (he meant two teams of brothers). Gold and Star do get the win, but only because Jey ‘s leg is injured and the Usos are counted out. Goldust complains, accusing the champs of getting themselves counted out on purpose, and they launch into an assault on Jey’s already injured leg.

You know how Rollins was ranting over the last few weeks about how something needed to be done about Ambrose? He’s now doing the same thing about Reigns. Kane proposes a handicap match and says they will end their problem with Roman tonight. In other news, we hear Lesnar’s comments after becoming WWE Heavyweight Champion. He says he accomplished the goal he set for himself when returning to the company and chides Cena for getting up and taking a beating after getting hit with the early F-5. Brock plays the bully so well.

Match 5 - Dolph Ziggler vs. Damien Mizdow

Miz says since he’s a Hollywood star, he gets to use a stunt double when he wants one. You can see where this is going. Miz joins the announcers instead of competing. Needless to say, the stunt double loses.

Jerry “The King” Lawler attempts to get the Bella Twins to reconcile. Brie tries apologizing when both of the sisters get into the ring, but Nikki is having none of it. She knows the real Brie, after all, accusing her of being selfish and wanting to hog the spotlight. Nikki goes all out, dissing the male fans and Brie’s home, hair and husband. Ah, and we get to the part where Nikki is upset about having to wrestle in handicap matches while Brie was kicked out of the WWE. Lawler tries to interject but gets shouted away for his trouble. Nikki says she wishes her sister died in the womb and attacks her sister, eventually needing to be dragged away by referees and officials.

Match 6 - Roman Reigns vs. Kane and Seth Rollins

Is the numbers game going to get to Reigns? It sure doesn’t look like it, as he goes on an early rampage that ends with a spear to Kane. Rollins comes flying in with a briefcase shot, losing the battle by DQ but perhaps getting a leg up in the war as he and Kane continue to beat on Reigns after the bell. Hey, there’s some more cinder blocks. Roman clears out the cobwebs just in time, leaping off the cinder blocks with a superman punch for his ex-teammate. He picks up one of the blocks and tosses it at Rollins, who barely gets away and sees it explode against the ringpost. Reigns decks Kane with a superman punch as well.

Bray Wyatt cuts a promo against Cena, who he’ll face later tonight. Run!

Match 7 - Los Matadores vs. Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil

I thought one of the Matadors was fired … oh no, it was an injury, that’s right. Anyway, despite the lack of cohesion for Slater and Gator, they perform well enough as individuals to get by. Or they do, until they lose this match. Ah, well.

Match 8 - Kofi Kingston vs. Bo Dallas

JBL compares Dallas to Snow White for some reason. Kofi’s flying keeps Dallas at bay for a bit, but the inspirational one is able to hit the Bo-Dog and get the victory that sends him on a celebratory lap. Fortunately, Dallas says Kingston only let himself down, not the whole country. Swagger comes in and slams him for saying that, drawing some boos from the fans.

Main Event - John Cena vs. Bray Wyatt

We’ve seen this match-up before, but things are different this time because it is Cena’s first match after his absolute dismantling by Lesnar. Cena takes a page out of Lesnar’s book with a release German suplex, and he’s literally bouncing around the ring waiting for Wyatt to get up. A belly-to-back suplex and a couple of clotheslines strike, and now even Luke Harper and Erick Rowan are unsure about what to do at ringside. Wyatt finally fights back with an elbow and a corner charge, prompting all the Wyatts to invade and getting the match thrown out. Big Show and Mark Henry come down, and we step out for commercials just as things start to heat up. Bah! During the break, this one turns into …

Main Event - John Cena, Big Show and Mark Henry vs. The Wyatt Family

My favorite spot has to be Harper walking on Henry. Rowan is able to pick up and slam the World’s Strongest Man, no easy feat. The fans try to rally behind Henry, who makes a diving tag to Big Show. The giant eventually gets worn down by quick tags by the Wyatts, and he has to kick out of several near falls. Cena gets the hot tag and not only slams the two bigger Wyatts, he gets Harper to tap out to the STF. And there’s an Attitude Adjustment for each member of the Wyatt Family. Message sent to Lesnar? We’ll see in seven!