Monsters' pursuit of their prey dominates the May 12 edition of WWE Raw.
The Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, hosts the last Raw before WWE's European tour. It will be a night where a masked man who refers to himself as a demon and a disturbed cult leader get much of the spotlight. Warriors charging toward Payback will get their time as well.
James Wortman's "Five-point Preview" on WWE.com provides insight into what to expect on Monday's Raw.
WWE is sure to focus on The Shield vs. Evolution and Bray Wyatt vs. John Cena as well, but the lead rivalry heading into the show is Kane vs. Daniel Bryan.
Continuing their animosity beyond Extreme Rules was a clear sign of WWE planning to give Kane another shot at his former tag team partner. Last week, Kane chased Bryan and Brie Bella around the arena like some monster from a horror movie.
Are we set to see a sequel of that movie, or will Bryan be more forceful this time around?
This story is a big part of why Monday's Raw should be such an exercise in juxtaposition. The darkness that Kane's continued hunt for Bryan promises will get balanced out by a jovial fellow whose entourage includes a man in a bunny costume.
News, Potential Spoilers
Adam Rose may be partying on Monday's Raw, but he probably won't be getting into the ring just yet.
F4WOnline, via Wrestling Inc, reports "Rose likely won't be making his main roster in-ring debut until WWE's Payback pay-per-view on June 1st, probably against Jack Swagger.
He should, however, get some screen time opposite his rival. Rose is featured on WWE.com's Raw preview, which plays up his rivalry with Zeb Colter and Swagger.
It appears WWE is introducing Rose to the audience by way of his antics outside of the ring first.
The company may also be having fans meet a new version of Sheamus. Although he has yet to do anything dastardly and make a new alignment obvious, the new U.S. champ is reportedly already a villain again.
According to F4WOnline, via PWMania.com, "When Sheamus kicked Dean Ambrose in the battle royal on this past week on Monday’s RAW, that was actually supposed to be his heel turn."
WWE can't have that suffice as a signal for a shift in character. Fans need him to display the viciousness and disregard for rules that are heels' trademarks. Expect Monday's Raw to showcase more of Sheamus' darker side as the company makes it clearer where he stands.
The show may be the first time in a while that Paul Heyman hasn't reminded us that his client Brock Lesnar broke Undertaker's streak at WrestleMania.
The underhanded manager is not scheduled to appear on Monday's Raw. Then again, Batista and Kane aren't on that list either, and both men have business to take care of en route to Payback.
Questions Heading Into Payback
It's clear that Evolution and The Shield aren't done taking swings at each other. On last Monday's Raw, Evolution attacked The Shield, leaving the group so hurt that Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose limped through their matches on Friday's SmackDown.
What's uncertain about this feud, though, is how the next showdown will look and how WWE leads the trios against each other.
PWInsider, via Wrestle Zone, reports that Evolution vs. The Shield is planned for Payback, noting, "While most believe they will do another six-man tag team match, there is also talk of doing three singles matches with members of each group pairing up." Does that mean then that we begin to see the rivalry focus more on Reigns and Triple H to prep for future matches?
WWE is at least hinting that Triple H will again be the Evolution member who garners the most focus. Wortman asks, "What does The Cerebral Assassin have in store for Rollins, Reigns & Ambrose?"
That foreshadows that the COO's abuse of power will continue be a dominant part of this storyline.
Dominance and Rusev have become synonymous over the last few weeks. After dismantling Kofi Kingston on Monday's Raw and then on Friday's SmackDown, he is in search of a bigger challenge.
Wortman writes, "Will a Superstar rise to humble this juggernaut and his gorgeous-but-lethal Social Ambassador?"
This question implies that someone will at least try to do just that. Whoever WWE chooses for that role will likely be Rusev's opponent at Payback. This match will signal Rusev stepping up a few rungs, especially if his foe is someone with a world championship on his resume.
Fans can bet on Wyatt and Cena clashing at Payback, but just how WWE tells that story until that point is one of the bigger questions Monday's Raw will help answer.
As Wortman writes, Wyatt talked on last week's show about taking Cena to a place that neither man would come back from. He adds of Wyatt, "Perhaps on Raw, the backwoods preacher's dark words will be illuminated."
Not only are fans curious about what kind of match these two will have, but they are waiting to see where the psychological battle heads next.
Wyatt has talked extensively about diverting children's devotion from Cena to himself, about revealing who Cena really is. In the face of Wyatt's mental games, Cena responded on Tuesday's Main Event by repeating a familiar mantra: "Never give up."
These men have dug at each other deeper than most foes do. What tributaries WWE will create to divert from this narrative river will be one of the biggest reasons to tune in.
The dark, unsettling ride continues on Monday's Raw.