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WWE's Shane McMahon, John Cena now Lakers fans after 'Monday Night Raw' moves to Staples

May 22, 2009 |  2:59 am

It's been an eventful few weeks in Los Angeles.

The Rockets upset the Lakers in Game 1 of the NBA Western Conference semifinals. The Rockets and Lakers get chippy in Game 2, leading to a Ron Artest suspension and one crazy postgame interview. Dodgers left fielder Manny Ramirez fails a drug test, is suspended 50 games and writers and fans react with either outrage or sadness.

The Lakers test their fans' sanity level, going toe to toe for seven games with a Rockets team that started the series without Tracy McGrady and Dikembe Mutombo, then lost Yao Ming, eventually giving fans a sigh of relief. It looks like the Lakers are back to the same old story, losing to the Nuggets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals after some thought the series was already over.

Somehow, someway, World Wrestling Entertainment also fit into the sports conversation. Kroenke Sports realized it double-booked WWE's "Monday Night Raw" and Game 4 of the Lakers-Nuggets series Monday at the Pepsi Center in Denver, leading WWE Chairman Vince McMahon to say Kroenke Sports doubted the Nuggets' playoff chances. Preference was given to the Nuggets-Lakers, and soon WWE relocated "Monday Night Raw" to Staples Center.

WWE executive Shane McMahon and wrestler John Cena caught Game 2 of the Nuggets-Lakers series. And before seeing their new favorite team lose, they spoke to The Times in the video below:

-- Mark Medina

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