John Cena to Defend WWE Championship vs. Mark Henry at Money in the Bank PPV

Tim Keeney@@t_keenContributor IJune 18, 2013

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After successfully retaining his title on two pay-per-views in a row against Ryback, John Cena is moving on to the next massive heel. 

On Monday night's epic post-Payback episode of Raw that had several memorable moments and returns, it was revealed that the current WWE champion will defend his belt against Mark Henry at Money in the Bank in Philadelphia on July 14. 

Add this to Rob Van Dam being scheduled to return and Brock Lesnar vs. CM Punk at least on the horizon after Raw, and Money in the Bank is already shaping up very nicely. 

Henry has sat out the last month, and when it was revealed he would be returning on Raw, everyone assumed it would be to announce his retirement. 

And that's what appeared to be happening. The World's Strongest Man interrupted a Cena championship-winning promo dressed in a jacket and tie. He proceeded to tell the crowd in Grand Rapids, Michigan that he was officially retiring. 

But not so fast. 

As Cena went to embrace Henry, the big man picked him up and delivered the World's Strongest Slam, thus completing the ruse: 

Later in the night, it was confirmed: Cena vs. Henry at Money in the Bank. 

This isn't going to be the most scintillating feud ever, and a stipulation very well may be necessary to inject some energy into the match itself.

Fans will also undoubtedly be disappointed Daniel Bryan isn't in line for the WWE title, although this sets up Bryan to win the WWE championship briefcase at the PPV.

But the company is giving the feud sufficient time for a build-up, and if Monday's absolutely spectacular segment—which drew huge pops from the crowd—is an indication of things to come, we are in line for an enthralling month.