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The night started off with CM Punk defending the WWE Championship against Mark Henry in a No Holds Barred match-up. Punk started with sharp kicks but got caught and slammed to the mat by Henry. Henry threw Punk outside the ring and followed him out, but Punk got back in and hit a suicide dive through the ropes. Henry whipped Punk on the ring post, but Punk fought back with a leaping clothesline off the ringside barricade. Henry rammed Punk into the barrier for a two count, but Punk kicked out and brought a steel chair into play. Henry refused to go down even after multiple chair shots to the back and took Punk out with kicks to the gut and a hard shot with the same chair. Henry threw Punk in the ring and wedged the chair in a corner, but before he could do further damage Punk fought back and took out his knee. Punk blocked the World's Strongest Slam and hit Henry with high knees in the corner. Henry countered a bulldog and charged at the champion, but Punk moved and Henry crashed into the wedged chair. The champion finished off his challenger by climbing up the top rope with the chair and hitting a huge steel chair elbow drop, which was good enough for the three-count.
After the match, Chris Jericho appeared on the TitanTron and amidst a lot of taunting and accusing Punk of being a secret alcoholic, announced that he would be challenging Punk for the WWE Championship in a Chicago Street Fight at Extreme Rules.
John Lauranitis gave his assistant David Otunga a shot at the United States Championship in an attempt to assert his dominance over the champion Santino Marella. Otunga was in control from the very beginning and got a near-fall off an early powerslam followed by an elbow drop and forearm shots. Otunga hit his finisher on Santino and went for the pin, but Santino got his foot on the ropes. The champion made good use of this opportunity by getting up fast and stiking his opponent with The Cobra, thereby getting the victory.
The Big Red Monster Kane was up in action against the man whose career he had almost ended, former US Champion Zack Ryder. But the match never happened as Kane pushed Ryder off the apron and nailed the chokeslam on him even before the opening bell. After disposing of Ryder, Kane pointed out how he had laid out Randy Orton and his father 'Cowboy' Bob Orton last week on SmackDown.
Brock Lesnar, in a backstage promo, pointed out how he had dominated the scene during his three-year stint at the WWE and how he had gone on to become the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar said that if he had not left earlier, Cena would have never reached the heights on which he is now. Lesnar promised that he was not going to be 'just a superstar' and his match against John Cena at Extreme Rules will be nothing short of a brawl. When Cena stepped in the ring to defend himself and send a message of his own to Lesnar, he was interrupted by John Lauranitis who put him in an Extreme Rules match in the main event of the night against an undisclosed opponent. Also, it was announced that Cena and Lesnar will officially sign the contract for their match on next week's special 3-hour edition of Raw.
Daniel Bryan made a special appearance on Raw as he went one-on-one against Kofi Kingston. Bryan took control early on with a corner dropkick and knee-shots to the face. Kingston fought out with a high elbow but got thrown outside to the floor. Bryan leapt off the ropes but Kingston moved aside and took Bryan out with a cross-body of his own from the top turnbuckle. The two went back and forth with Bryan blocking trouble in Paradise and Kingston blocking the Yes Lock (Bryan's new name for the LeBell Lock). Kingston hit the SOS but Bryan kicked out before the three-count. Kingston tried to go for another cross-body but this time Bryan moved and applied the Yes Lock, forcing his opponent to tap out.
After the match, Bryan tried punishing Kingston some more with the Yes Lock, but he had to flee upon the arrival of the World Heavyweight Champion Sheamus, who made the save for Kingston.
Vickie Guerrero and Jack Swagger accompanied Dolph Ziggler to the ring as he faced off against Brodus Clay in a singles match. As the bell rang, Ziggler tried a dropkick but got caught by Clay who threw him across the ring. Swagger tried to pull Ziggler to safety but Clay dragged him into the ring and knocked him down with a couple of heavy clotheslines and a shoulder block, ending the match in a no-contest. Vickie got frustrated at the happenings and started dancing in the middle of the ring, but got pulled down by one of Clay's dancers. The Funkasaurus danced away as his adversaries were all left sulking in the ring.
Wannabe manager Abraham Washington was at ringside 'scouting for talents' as the WWE tag team champions Primo and Epico faced their biggest challenge (literally) when they took on the team of The Great Khali and the Intercontinental Champion Big Show. Khali manhandled the champions from the get-go, taking down Primo with an Axe Chop to the head and a huge boot to the face. Rosa Mendes (who had accompanied the champions to the ring as usual) grabbed the titles and urged Primo and Epico to run away, but the champions were stopped dead in their tracks by the giants. Big Show hit Epico with the chokeslam and Khali hit Primo with the Punjabi Plunge and they scored a double pin-fall.
John Cena was in an Extreme Rules match in the main event of the night, and his opponent was revealed to be none other than Lord Tensai. Cena blocked some offense from Tensai early on and hit a suplex, which seemed to have no effect on the 300-pounder. Tensai clotheslined Cena and whipped him into a corner, following up with a big splash that sent Cena rolling out to the floor. Tensai whipped Cena on the steel steps and went for a powerbomb, but Cena countered with a back body drop. Cena hit Tensai in the head with the steps and brought him to the ring. Before Cena could capitalize he was distracted by David Otunga and Sakamoto (Tensai's manager) which allowed Tensai to hit a double underhook suplex. Cena fought back and went for the 5-knuckle shuffle, but Tensai got up and hit Cena with a hard chop and big back splash. Tensai applied an arm-bar but Cena countered into the STF. Otunga ran in and broke the hold, but Cena hit him with the Attitude Adjustment. However, when Cena turned around, he got sprayed with green mist from Tensai, who hit a sit-out powerbomb for the victory.
With Cena totally out of momentum, will he be able to withstand the onslaught of Brock Lesnar? Also, will CM Punk have an answer to Jericho's allegations against him and his family? We will find out in the upcoming weeks on Raw.
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