Treachery equaled victory for Seth Rollins at the WWE Raw on June 2.
The post-Payback show began to craft the Money in the Bank card, one that will certainly feature Rollins against his former comrades in some form. Alberto Del Rio will join him at that pay-per-view after earning a big win on Monday's Raw.
The night provided far less momentum for Rusev and Kofi Kingston.
In the former's case, his anti-American act dragged. Even so, WWE has focused on him and handed him a number of wins. Kingston would love to trade places with him as he's now occupying a lower position with the company than the recent wave of NXT prospects.
That includes Adam Rose, a man who is slowly endearing himself to the audience.
Winner: Adam Rose
The response for Rose is increasing.
The fans in Indianapolis gave him a solid pop when he and his partying entourage entered, but more importantly began to sing his theme music during his match with Jack Swagger.
Rose's entry point to stardom is going to be the fun of his gimmick catching on. It appears to be doing so, even if "Superstar" Billy Graham is clearly not a fan.
His bout with Swagger featured a blend of viciousness and playfulness from the recent NXT transplant. He handled the former world champ rather easily, hitting the Party Pooper to get the three-count. Rose, like Bo Dallas, extended his winning streak as he ascends the WWE food chain.
After a compelling collision with Big E at Payback, Rusev took a break from in-ring action on Monday's Raw. Instead of competing, he received a medal from Russian officials for being a national hero.
It was meant to be a hate-inspiring moment, but it fell flat.
Lana did her best to anger the fans by insulting America and praising Vladimir Putin, Edward Snowden and Rusev himself. There was little spark to the moment. It drew "USA!" chants, but not especially fervent ones.
Don't count on Rusev accepting his medal on his podium to appear on any compilation of Raw's greatest moments.
WWE is focusing too much on Rusev's ties to Russia rather than his destructive ways. Were he to hurt an announcer or assault a wrestler after the bell, it would have a far greater effect than his patriotism.
Winner: Alberto Del Rio
Del Rio had fallen out of the spotlight as of late. He didn't wrestle on Payback or Extreme Rules and didn't make it past the first round of the Intercontinental Championship No. 1 contender's tournament.
Monday's Raw marked a huge leap upward for him.
He defeated Dolph Ziggler, the victory earning him a spot in the Money in the Bank ladder match at the end of the month. That upcoming bout may be even more valuable than usual, too. Stephanie McMahon announced that if Daniel Bryan can't compete by then, the ladder match will be for the vacant WWE World Heavyweight Championship.
In addition, his match with Ziggler was one of the best of the night. He was smooth, brutal and came off as an in-ring dissector. He and "The Show-Off" continue to have great chemistry together.
It remains a matchup WWE can rely on.
Loser: Damien Sandow
A "dressing up as different characters" gimmick could work, but that's not what's happening with Sandow.
It could be a means to highlight him, to make him out to be more interesting by having multiple personalities. Instead, it's just been something cheap and easy to pin on him before he gets pushed around.
On Monday's Raw, he donned a Lance Stephenson jersey and fooled around with a basketball in the ring.
Eventually, Big Show put a stop to it. He knocked out the former Money in the Bank winner and walked away.
Insulting the hometown NBA team did get him some scorn from the audience, but it's too regional of a reference. Are WWE fans in the U.K. or India really getting this joke? Sometimes the company tries too hard to be topical and the result is something with a minimal shelf life and a narrow range of appeal.
Sandow's new gimmick hasn't earned him a new rival, a spot on a pay-per-view or any momentum. It's just expanding his wardrobe.
Winner: Luke Harper and Erick Rowan
With the patriarch of their clan out, Harper and Rowan thrived.
Harper handled the "creeping people out" duties in a backstage promo. He threatened The Usos, speaking of charred landscapes and dragons. It was certainly several steps below what Bray Wyatt produces every week, but it's the most we've heard from Harper and was effectively chilling.
The "brothers" then battled The Usos in a tremendous tag team bout.
As fans had seen in their previous meetings, the juxtaposition of grace and brutality, speed and power that is their matches together was a joy to watch. At the end of the hard-hitting match, Rowan earned the pinfall.
The win cements The Wyatt Family's status as No. 1 contenders for the tag team titles, likely getting a crack at the belts come Money in the Bank.
Loser: Kofi Kingston
Kingston looked good in his match with Bo Dallas. He pulled out his usual thrilling, spring-loaded offense and led the NXT callup to his best match on the main roster so far.
It's Kingston's new position in the WWE hierarchy that is going to bug his fanbase.
He was once a midcard staple, earning shots at the United States title and Intercontinental Championship. He's now slid to a lower slot. His current role is that of relatively easy-to-topple foe the newcomer runs over.
That's what he was for Rusev, failing to put up much resistance against the bruiser in their battles. On Monday's Raw, he was asked to be someone else's launching pad once more, serving as one of Dallas' first victims.
Some folks move back up once they reach that status, but others follow Zack Ryder's career path.
Winner: Seth Rollins
Rollins is at the center of WWE's biggest story. Fans will spend the days following Monday's Raw talking about Rollins turning on The Shield and joining the enemy.
Randy Orton and Roman Reigns were set to face off in the night's main event. Triple H had other plans. He accompanied "The Viper" to the ring and grinned as Rollins throttled both Reigns and Dean Ambrose with a steel chair.
The betrayal adds sparks to this rivalry, adds intrigue going forward and allows Rollins to shine as a singles star.
Whether he replaces Batista in a new version of Evolution or simply becomes one of Triple H's allies, there is more focus on him now. WWE can pit him against Reigns or Ambrose in two potentially electric matches. His ties to the COO may also afford him title chances the way Orton's allegiance to The Authority did for him over the last year.
Rollins ended Monday's Raw with a turning point, barreling toward a new horizon.
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