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The first Raw post Extreme Rules started off as 'Monday Night Raw starring Brock Lesnar' in accordance with the absurd demands made by Lesnar last week on Raw, to which General Manager John Lauranitis had agreed rather reluctantly. Lauranitis started off the show by demanding that everyone thank him for 'revolutionizing WWE in one night' by signing Brock Lesnar. Lesnar himself came out looking super-confident, as he promised to unleash pain on more superstars like he had done to John Cena at Extreme Rules.
At this point, Lesnar was interrupted by none other than the Chief Operating Officer of the WWE, Triple H. The Game made it clear to Lesnar that none of the fancy terms decided by him and Lauranitis would be in effect, as he tore up the contract they had signed last week. Lauranitis kept trying to interrupt the COO while he made it clear to Lesnar who the boss of the industry was, but when Triple H turned his back on Lesnar to tell Lauranitis to shut up for good, the powerhouse assaulted Triple H from behind and took him down with vicious right hands. The Game came back with rights of his own and backed Lesnar in a corner, but Lesnar blasted him with a knee to the gut and hyperextended Triple H's arm with the Kimura lock.
The COO received a wave of assistance as the locker room stormed the ring, driving Lesnar out. Lesnar snapped and started throwing stuff around at ringside, and was escorted out of the arena by security personnel. Meanwhile, in the ring, trainers checked on Triple H, whose arm seemed to have been broken by Lesnar's vicious submission hold.
The new Executive Assistant Eve Torres announced to the crowd that a series of Beat the Clock matches would take place in the show, with the superstar with the shortest time of victory earning a WWE Championship shot against CM Punk at the Over the Limit Pay-Per-View. The first match of the challenge saw the Miz taking on United States Champion Santino Marella.
Miz and Santino went back-and-forth at the start of the matchup, and Miz got the first near-fall with hard kicks to the chest and the face. Santino made a comeback with a Sailor's Salute headbutt after a couple more near-falls, and got ready to strike with the Cobra. Miz ducked under the strike and rolled Santino up for a small package hold, but Santino rolled through for a two-count. Miz got back up and clocked Santino with a big boot to the face and hit the Skull Curshing Finale for the win, setting the time to beat at 4 minutes 18 seconds.
The new Divas Champion Layla had her first title defense as she faced Brie as well as Nikki Bella in a Triple Threat match. The match, however, was virtually non-existent as the Bella twins started arguing with one another and Layla took the opportunity to dropkick Brie into Nikki and rolled Nikki up for a 15-second win, one even faster than Sheamus's victory at WrestleMania.
Chris Jericho was sporting athletic tape over his left elbow and was far from being a 100% (owing to his match against CM Punk at Extreme Rules) as he squared off against a frustrated Big Show in the second Beat the Clock Challenge match of the night. Jericho went straight at the big man's knees but landed into a hard chop as he tried to come off the top rope. Big Show went for a Vader Bomb but Jericho moved and hit the Lionsault for a near-fall. Jericho got another near-fall with a DDT as the clock went past the three-minute mark.
Jericho charged at Big Show, who hit him with a spear for a two-count as the Miz was shown watching the match backstage. Show went for the WMD but Jericho ducked and went for the codebreaker. Big Show lifted Jericho in the air and Jericho used Show's momentum to pull himself as well as his opponent over the top rope. Jericho moved out of the way of a charging Show who ran headlong into the guardrail. Jericho managed to crawl into the ring and score the victory via count-out, but it came at 4:20, just two seconds past Miz's time, thus taking Jericho out of the competition.
Brodus Clay was high in confidence from his victory against Dolph Ziggler at Extreme Rules as he squared off against JTG in a singles match. JTG anded a boot to the gut, but was bounced off the ropes as Clay hit him with a big shoulder tackle. JTG tried going for the knees but Clay brushed him aside and hit him with a huge head-butt, followed by the Funk it splash for the victory.
Randy Orton faced Jack Swagger in the next match in the Beat the Clock Challenge. Orton hit some quick kicks before landing a dropkick for a near-fall. Swagger powered out and hit a Vader Bomb out of the corner, but failed to hit the gut-wrench powerbomb as Orton slithered out and hit his signature backbreaker. Swagger ducked under a clothesline and took out Orton's knee, proceeding to wear his opponent down with shoulder tackles into the corner. Swagger went for another Vader Bomb but Orton countered with a mid-air kick to the gut. Orton hit the second-rope DDT but Swagger countered an attempted RKO and snapped the Ankle Lock. Orton somehow powered out of the hold and nailed the RKO, pinning Swagger at 4:16, beating the Clock by just two seconds.
The WWE Tag Team Championships were on the line as Primo and Epico defended the titles against R-Truth and Kofi Kingston. The champions tried to cut R-Truth off but failed to score a pin-fall even after repeated clotheslines and lariats. Truth nailed a leg whip on Primo before leaping across the ring to tag in Kingston, who came flying in off the top rope with a springboard splash on Primo. Primo tagged in Epico, who got hit by Trouble in Paradise and Kingston got the pin-fall, winning the tag championships for the fourth time.
The next match in Beat the Clock Challenge was a Clash of Titans as Kane squared off against The Great Khali. Kane beat down Khali with some hard shots and brought him down on the mat with kicks to the knee, following up with a flying lariat off the top rope. Kane went for the cover but Khali kicked out at two as the clock ticked two minutes. Khali hit Kane with the Axe chop but before he could capitalize, Kane rolled out to the floor. Khali followed him outside and the two men traded punches before Khali succeeded in throwing Kane back inside the ring. Khali got in and the two men locked up in a test-of-strength grapple, neither gaining the upper hand as the buzzer sounded, signaling that the time was up. A frustrated Kane chokeslammed Khali in the middle of the ring, leaving dejected.
Daniel Bryan came out to the ring as one of the participants in the final Beat the Clock challenge match, and his opponent was none other than Jerry 'The King' Lawler. Bryan went straight at Lawler with consecutive right hands which drew 'Yes!' chants from the crowd. Lawler side-stepped a corner attack and hit his trademark fist-drop from the second rope, but could get only a two-count. Lawler tried the piledriver but Bryan countered with a back body drop and kicked Lawler in the head. Bryan then applied the Yes Lock, forcing his opponent to tap out at 2:20, thus becoming the new #1 Contender for the WWE Championship.
John Cena made his way to the ring in the final segment of the show with his left arm in a sling, owing to the shoulder injury which he had received at the hands of Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules. Cena expressed relief at the fact that his x-rays showed no breaks or tears, and that he was only hurt, not injured. Cena's speech was interrupted by John Lauranitis, who had earlier promised to reveal Cena's opponent for Over the Limit. Lauranitis demanded that Cena should thank him for pushing Cena to his limits, and when Cena refused, he brought out Lord Tensai. As Cena prepared for a one-arm fight against the giant, Lauranitis hit him from behind with the microphone, announcing that he (Lauranitis) will be facing Cena at Over the Limit. Lauranitis and Tensai proceeded to punish Cena's bad arm with repeated punches and a big splash. Tensai wrapped Cena's arm around the ring-post and Lauranitis hit it hard with a steel chair. The General Manager was left smiling in the ring as Cena recoiled with pain.
With two matches already set for Over the Limit, the Pay-Per-View promises to be one to remember. Also, what does Brock Lesnar's future hold from him, now that he has broken the COO's arm? We will find out in the upcoming weeks on Raw.
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