John Cena vs. Mark Henry WWE championship match booked for Money in the Bank on July 14

Mark Henry not only did not retire from WWE on tonight's episode of Monday Night Raw, he was booked in a WWE championship match against John Cena at the Money in the Bank pay-per-view on July 14 in Philadelphia.

Heading into tonight's episode of Monday Night Raw in Grand Rapids, Michigan, there was a very real fear that Mark Henry would be announcing his retirement from the pro wrestling industry. He teased as much on Twitter, WWE.com played it up, and with his history of injuries and recent reports from so called "dirt sheets," it certainly seemed plausible.

But that's not what happened.

No, it was an angle all along, designed to swerve the fans and allow Henry to deliver the most well-timed "World's Strongest Slam" in history. John Cena was out with him during his "retirement" speech and just as he was about to give him a hug and send him off, Henry hit his finisher.

And just like that, the program is on.

Indeed, Vickie Guerrero set up a match between the two for the Money in the Bank pay-per-view (PPV) scheduled for Sun., July 14, 2013, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Sorry, Daniel Bryan!

Initial reports had him penciled in to that slot but based on comments he made with Kane, the team formerly known as Hell No could end up in one of the two Money in the Bank ladder matches.

Stay tuned.

Thoughts on the booking?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Cageside Seats

You must be a member of Cageside Seats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cageside Seats. You should read them.

Join Cageside Seats

You must be a member of Cageside Seats to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Cageside Seats. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker