John Cena and Seth Rollins seized victories at WWE Money in the Bank 2014 and are poised to keep charging forward at Battleground.
Current narrative arcs will keep those two Superstars winning. Marquee bouts await them. The prizes they won in Boston assure them focus from the WWE writing team.
For The Usos and Rusev, stellar performances at Money in the Bank force WWE to consider high-profile spots for them at the next event.
They left the TD Garden with momentum in abundance. Tampa, Fla., hosts the second-ever Battleground, a pay-per-view sure to showcase Rusev, The Usos as well as the new Mr. Money in the Bank and world champ.
A fantastic match against The Wyatt Family at Money in the Bank injected The Usos' title reign with a crackling energy it didn't have beforehand.
Surviving Luke Harper and Erick Rowan's best shot, their relentlessness and battering-ram offense made the brothers look like gladiators. Stealing the show as they did on Sunday ups The Usos' value.
Folks gushed about their bout on the Internet.
Usos retain over Harper and Rowan in a terrific tag team match. Hell of a way to kick off the show. #MITB— Jason Solomon (@solomonster) June 30, 2014
Usos/Wyatts just had one hell of an opener.— Gran Akuma (@__AKUMA) June 30, 2014
Money in the Bank was a proving ground for Jimmy and Jey and they proved themselves to be a team on the rise, not a team with its peak behind him. They now look more worthy of carrying the belts and capable of facing any team in the division.
Expect them to knock off whoever WWE sends at them at Battleground. With not much competition outside of Harper and Rowan around them, The Usos will likely extend their reign until The Ascension gets called up to the main roster.
Rusev's battles before Money in the Bank had been brief bursts of action.
At Money in the Bank, Big E made Rusev fight much harder than he ever had. Tangling with the American powerhouse left Rusev looking hurt and vulnerable. He responded with fury, howling as he barreled over Big E.
It was the best he has looked yet.
The performance featured showmanship and theater as well as his usual displays of brute force. The showing is sure to give WWE confidence in him going forward.
He is set to now take another few steps up the company ladder. He may face Big E for Round 3 or take on a foe on a higher level, but it's clear that WWE is firmly behind The Bulgarian Brute.
Not only did he continue his undefeated streak in singles matches, but officials booked Rusev to be stronger, tougher and ultimately better than a former Intercontinental champ for the second-straight pay-per-view.
His opponent at Battleground is likely to be another victim, another stepping stone on a beast's journey toward the horizon.
Rollins' rise continues.
After breaking away from The Shield, Rollins has stood directly under the spotlight. That was true once more at the pay-per-view as his relationship with The Authority and his feud with Dean Ambrose were the feature stories of the Money in the Bank Ladder match.
It took an attack from Kane to hold off Ambrose and get Rollins the briefcase, but he is now all but assured a reign as WWE champ.
Before that, though, he has an enemy to collide with at Battleground. With as controversial as the finish to the Ladder match was, it's clear that Ambrose will be charging at Reigns. That will mirror last year when Damien Sandow and Cody Rhodes fought over how their Money in the Bank match played out.
Rollins has been a major focus on Raw and SmackDown lately and that will only increase now that he's carrying around the briefcase.
Count on him having a prominent match with Ambrose, to be a key figure in The Authority angle and tease the possibility of cashing in on the WWE titleholder at Battleground. His summer promises to be a fruitful one.
Battleground will just be a transition for Cena. A SummerSlam showdown awaits him, so the upcoming pay-per-view will be a warmup for the new champion.
Many fans have long expected that Cena and Brock Lesnar would be colliding at SummerSlam. A recent glimpse at the poster for the event confirmed that.
Mike Johnson of PWInsider reported that WWE sent out an email to its mailing list that featured a SummerSlam poster with both Lesnar and Cena's mugs on it. The email noted, "We have an early sneak peek at SummerSlam's poster which seems to pit John Cena against the man that brought down the streak, Brock Lesnar."
With that info in hand, one can assume that Cena won't be losing the title at Battleground. Whether Triple H sends Kane or Randy Orton at him, he's sure to retain.
The championship likely propels Cena into the Battleground main event, a spot he hasn't occupied in a one-on-one match since TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2013. Whoever he faces that night stands little chance of dethroning him.
The pull of a potential Cena vs. Lesnar match at SummerSlam is just too great for WWE to go any other direction.