The biggest victories from the Feb. 17 WWE Raw thrust warriors forward, readying them for the challenge of the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
Roman Reigns earned a win against a massive man and shed little sweat in the process. Cesaro proved he is worthy of being in the Chamber and The Usos are now achingly close to being tag team champions.
Raw's less fortunate Superstars include a man who dishes out bad news and just about every female wrestler on the roster.
The following is a look at who emerged from Monday's Raw in a better position than before and who continues to tumble.
To read the result of Cesaro's match on Monday's Raw is deceiving. Yes, John Cena pinned Cesaro, but the Swiss strongman gained plenty in the process.
When Cesaro was first placed into the Elimination Chamber match, it didn't feel like he belonged. He was the only entrant to never win a world championship, making him the long shot of the bout.
In his battle with Cena, Cesaro was the predator—controlling the action, stalking his foe with confidence and fierceness.
Cena remained on the defensive for much of the match and Cesaro overpowered him. "The Real American" caught Cena in mid-air and delivered a devastating tilt-a-whirl backbreaker and later lifted him into a superplex from the apron.
Cesaro made the most of his time in the spotlight.
Not only did he look capable of smashing through his Chamber opponents come Sunday, but he also looked like a bona fide main eventer and created an instant classic with Cena.
Loser: Bad News Barrett
If you turned your head away from the screen for a few seconds, you may have missed Bad News Barrett's contribution to Monday's Raw.
In a brief backstage segment, Goldust and Cody Rhodes played with WWE toys until Barrett walked in and delivered bad news in the form of swiping the toys off the table.
His "bad news" speeches have grown shorter each week, lessening the effectiveness of his insults. He's recently been reduced to just a handful of lines and on Monday's Raw was asked to use a third-grade bully's playbook.
He continues to be left out of in-ring action and off pay-per-view cards.
WWE has seemingly just run out of ideas for Barrett. His gimmick is floundering and in need of a life preserver.
Winner: The Usos
Jey Uso got a singles victory, but his team got the bigger win—a championship match against The New Age Outlaws at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.
With Jimmy Uso bickering with Road Dogg at the announce table, Jey pinned Billy Gunn on Monday's Raw.
The story of the young guns chasing the old guard continued when WWE announced the expected title bout between the two teams. The Usos won't have to face a three-team scenario either—Rhodes and Goldust are headed for the pre-show instead.
Jey's win over Gunn follows a victory over The New Age Outlaws and Ryback and Curtis Axel on Friday's SmackDown.
The Usos have the most momentum they've had in their career and are on the cusp of being champs.
Loser: Divas Division
AJ Lee didn't appear on the episode. Monday's Raw featured no Divas matches either.
The only action the division saw was Emma and Summer Rae's tussle during Santino Marella vs. Fandango.
Emma has yet to compete in the ring since debuting. She instead shared an intimate moment with Santino where they flirted before closing in for a kiss.
Out of all the possible ways to introduce Emma to the WWE fans, having her be Santino's girlfriend is the least creative. Why not make her the focus instead of the sidekick?
The entire division has been the victim of neglectful booking with feuds becoming a rarity.
Naomi's eye injury derailed her brewing rivalry with AJ, but it's not as if there aren't other women to showcase in something other than a thrown-together tag team match. Having Tamina Snuka and Natalya sit on the bench and continuing to underuse Emma and Summer Rae is a waste.
Usually the Divas are offered minimal ring time and threadbare narratives. On Monday, WWE gave them less than that.
Winner: Roman Reigns
When The Shield first tore their way into WWE, it was Dean Ambrose who felt like the de facto leader. Reigns has since become the group's alpha male.
On Monday's Raw, he was the one to challenge The Wyatt Family.
Bray Wyatt went on one of his trademark sinister rants and Reigns grabbed the mic to tell him he'd heard enough. He invited the bearded clan to meet The Shield in the ring.
Earlier in the night, Ambrose bragged about beating Henry last week. Reigns scoffed at him, dismissing his partner, saying he could do better than him against "The World's Strongest Man." He also got the last word in the interview.
When it came time to fight, Reigns didn't just beat Henry—he did so handily.
It's a major statement for WWE to book Reigns as being so dominant that he could finish Henry off in such a short time. He looked like he was in a different league than Henry while Ambrose was in desperation mode against the big man last week.
Reigns heads into Elimination Chamber teeming with momentum, as do The Usos and Cesaro. Regardless of whether any of these men end up winning at that event, they had major victories to celebrate after Monday night.