Former members of The Shield weren't the only ones scoring big wins on the Aug. 4 edition of WWE Raw; Heath Slater stunned the crowd with a victory of his own.
Fans in Austin, Texas, witnessed Roman Reigns compel Kane to unmask, Dean Ambrose better his resume and Slater end the night with his arms raised and his mouth hanging open with surprise. Those Superstars created the most buzz with their performances on WWE's marquee show.
Adam Rose, meanwhile, joined The Usos and Sheamus on the list of wrestlers who didn't wrestle on Monday's Raw.
The Usos did their work on Twitter. Sheamus did his on this week's edition of Superstars. Rose had an on-camera appearance in Texas' capital but in a role that required him to interact with a mirror rather than overpower an opponent.
Slater, Reigns and Ambrose were the ones spending this latest buildup toward SummerSlam improving their win-loss records.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Reigns may have sent Kane into an existential crisis after Monday's Raw.
The Authority's sadistic henchman sought to destroy Reigns in a Last Man Standing match early in the show. Instead, Reigns proved to be a formidable warrior. He withstood the big man's best weapons, including a chokeslam through a table.
In the process, Reigns had one of his best singles matches to date.
He revved the crowd up with his offense and when suffering Kane's blows, Reigns sold extremely well. Whether he was struggling to his feet as the referee counted to 10 or slowly sitting up from the center of a splintered table, he added realism to the bout.
Reigns eventually blasted Kane with a spear. The Devil's Favorite Demon then wriggled on the mat, unable to stand before the 10-count.
Defeat sent Kane into a walk of shame backstage. He stripped off his mask and handed it to Stephanie McMahon.
Being the one to have Kane give up like this and possibly undergo another character shift is a major resume-boosting feat.
Loser: Adam Rose
Rose has been getting more airtime as a product-pusher rather than an in-ring performer lately.
On Monday's Raw, the company used him to promote its latest horror movie, Oculus. He and his Rosebuds stood around the mirror from that film. After seeing a "lemon" version of himself, he took his troupe and hurried away.
Of the three segments, this one was the most entertaining and least heavy-handed in its product placement. Still, other Superstars are involved in feuds and putting on masterful performances in the ring while Rose has been relegated to shilling duty.
That position puts him somewhere in between men like Damien Sandow, who regularly loses with little resistance, and Zack Ryder, who is often not even on Raw or SmackDown. Rose had to have higher hopes than that when he finally made it out of WWE developmental.
He will continue to struggle to gain momentum if he is scampering away from haunted mirrors instead of getting significant wins or being a part of WWE's storylines.
Winner: Dean Ambrose
With both John Cena and Brock Lesnar not in the Frank Erwin Center Monday night, an opportunity awaited emerging stars. Ambrose took full advantage of it.
It took him longer than he wanted, but he eventually beat Alberto Del Rio in the first part of a Beat the Clock challenge. Seth Rollins had to defeat his opponent faster than Ambrose did his in order to name the stipulation for their upcoming match at SummerSlam.
Ambrose's time of 15 minutes and 42 seconds meant that Rollins had a great chance of doing just that, but it also meant that Ambrose and Del Rio had plenty of time to put on a show.
The best match on Monday's Raw featured Ambrose gutting it out through Del Rio's vicious attacks, his injured shoulder forcing him to fight off pain and adjust his offense.
That added up to a fine addition to The Lunatic Fringe's resume. As a member of The Shield, his singles bouts were solid at best. Since going solo, he has used his frenetic energy to produce some high-quality action, including this latest effort against Del Rio.
Later in the night, Ambrose distracted Rollins by ruining his Money in the Bank briefcase.
He poured popcorn and soda inside of it, tore the contract in half and stuffed John "Bradshaw" Layfield's cowboy hat into the case. This afforded Ambrose the chance to both further his feud with Rollins and show off the goofier side of his character.
This rivalry continues to keep him in a prominent spot on the WWE stage.
Loser: The Usos/Sheamus
According to WWE.com's website, AJ Lee is now officially facing Paige at SummerSlam with the Divas Championship on the line. Dolph Ziggler will challenge The Miz for the Intercontinental Championship.
The Usos and Sheamus weren't on Raw and are still without matches for the upcoming pay-per-view.
Per PWTorch.com, Sheamus was instead moved to a match that will air on Superstars (link contains spoilers) later this week. The tag champs' contribution to the show was a tweet suggesting that no challengers came their way:
There is still time for all three men to make it to the SummerSlam card, but none of them have a clear rival. After two cracks at the tag belts, The Wyatt Family have quietly gone away from pursuing them. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan have been more involved in Bray Wyatt vs. Chris Jericho than a feud of their own.
Kofi Kingston and Big E didn't appear on Monday's Raw, either, missing out on a chance to get them closer to the No. 1 contender's spot.
Are Goldust and Stardust readying for a confrontation with The Usos? If so, they won't have much time to build up that match with SummerSlam less than two weeks away.
Sheamus missing last week's TV tapings and not making it onto Monday's Raw makes him not defending the United States Championship at SummerSlam an increasingly probable scenario.
Winner: Heath Slater
Slater pinned Rollins in the last match on Monday's Raw. Let that soak in for a second.
Triple H inserted one of WWE's resident punching bags into Rollins' Beat the Clock match to better his ally's odds. Rob Van Dam had to step aside, and The One-Man Rock Band stepped between the ropes instead.
Rollins' win seemed certain, and the drama lied more in how fast he could achieve the victory.
Thanks to the distraction of Ambrose wrecking his Money in the Bank briefcase, Rollins struggled to focus on Slater. That allowed the low-level star to get an upset on par with The 1-2-3 Kid defeating Razor Ramon.
He celebrated backstage by shouting, "Watch out! Slater's back!" before his sometimes-partner Titus O'Neil joined him.
Sure, Slater needed a distraction, and his win was of the fluky variety, but pinning Mr. Money in the Bank not long after eliminating Cesaro from the Battleground Battle Royal gives the West Virginia native more momentum than he's had since he was a part of Nexus.
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