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Unsolved Mysterio
August 18th, 2008

Since returning to the Raw brand, Kane has come to the ring clutching a burlap sack at his side. For weeks, the WWE Universe puzzled over the bag’s contents, but Raw General Manager Mike Adamle attempted to sate our fans’ curiosity by forcing Kane to reveal what he has been hiding. The Big Red Monster claimed that there was a mask inside the bag, and that it belonged to someone who had been scarred and damaged before opening up the sack to reveal Rey Mysterio’s mask. What has Kane done to the Master of the 619, and what actions will be taken against him?

At SummerSlam, John Cena and Batista will face off against one another for the first time ever. In spite of the mounting tensions between the competitors, two weeks ago they managed to successfully compete as a pair to defeat Cody Rhodes & Ted DiBiase for the World Tag Team Championship. When the young Superstars exercised their rematch clause, though, the animosity between Cena & The Animal was so great that Rhodes & DiBiase were able to take back their gold. What will happen when the Chain Gang Commander & Batista compete at SummerSlam, and who will walk away “the man” of Monday Night Raw?

Ever since CM Punk became World Heavyweight Champion, he has been subjected to the mockery of JBL, who refers to him as nothing more than a “paper champion.” On Monday, that mockery continued as the self-proclaimed “wrestling-god” challenged the Straightedge Champion to a drinking contest, which goes against Punk’s principles. The champion’s response saw him throwing the drink in self-made millionaire’s face, and beating him to the ground. At SummerSlam, when the two meet in the ring with the World Heavyweight Title hanging in the balance, will CM Punk be able to prove that he is a worthy champion?

On Monday night, Santino Marella defeated WWE Women’s Champion Mickie James in an Intergender Match as Beth Phoenix looked on from Marella’s corner, and Intercontinental Champion Kofi Kingston from Mickie’s. At SummerSlam, however, all four competitors will be involved in the action as Santino Marella & Beth Phoenix take on Kofi Kingston & Mickie James in a Winner Takes All Match. With both the Intercontinental and Women’s gold up for grabs, which team will walk away with both championships on their waists?

For the answers to these questions and more, be sure to tune into Monday Night Raw at 9/8 CT only on USA Network. And don’t miss the Biggest Blockbuster of the Summer, live, and only on pay-per-view, Aug. 17 at 8/7 CT.

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