With The Daily Show's Jon Stewart advertised for this week's episode of Raw, all eyes would surely be on his budding storyline with Seth Rollins, who, despite not having an announced match for WrestleMania 31 to this point, remains the top full-time heel in the company. And Rollins did not disappoint, becoming the most visible star on the March 2 episode of Raw.
He appeared in the night's opening segment, his own in-ring edition of The Daily Show in which he was confronted by Stewart, and the night's main event, where he squared off with former Shield brother Roman Reigns in a high-profile singles bout.
At a time when booking for WrestleMania would suggest Reigns, John Cena, Rusev, The Undertaker, Bray Wyatt and Brock Lesnar would be the beneficiaries of the most attention, it is Rollins who remains the center of programming, making him one of the undisputed winners of this week's broadcast.
Who joined The Architect as winners from Monday night? Which Superstars were less lucky, emerging from Monday night's festivities as losers, in dire need of some momentum heading into the Showcase of the Immortals?
Let's take a look.
Winner: Roman Reigns
Sure, Roman Reigns lost the night's main event, but the fact that he was able to overcome a largely negative response from the New Jersey fans earlier in the night to win them over by the end of the show is a testament to the work he is putting in ahead of the biggest match of his career.
After his loss to Rollins, Reigns took off across the ring, dove through the air and wiped out The Authority at ringside in one of the night's most memorable moments. From there, he blasted Big Show with a spear before catching Rollins midair with another.
It was a star-making few minutes that completely erased the loss from the minds of fans.
Reigns needed the momentum given a WrestleMania main event that is ice cold thanks in large part to the absence of Brock Lesnar from WWE television and minimal interactions between the No. 1 contender and the champion's advocate, Paul Heyman.
The closing moments of the show went a long way toward supplying Reigns with the heat necessary to put attention back on his title hunt.
Winner: Bray Wyatt
The quality of Bray Wyatt's microphone work is always at its highest when the third-generation star is focused. The Undertaker feud has allowed him to be more motivated and focused than ever, resulting in some of his best promo work to date.
Monday night, Wyatt burned a casket, goading Undertaker to come "find him." The image of Wyatt standing over the flames was a haunting one, one that WWE will use in the video packages hyping the match. More importantly, it was an effective one, showing the danger and depravity that exists within Wyatt.
After the John Cena feud wrapped up last summer, Wyatt was left aimless and directionless, leading to lackluster promos, programs and matches.
Now part of one of the marquee bouts at this year's WrestleMania, he appears to be back on the right track, ready to prove why so many looked at him as one of the brightest young stars in the entire industry just one year ago.
Loser: Bad News Barrett
Remember the days when Wade Barrett would stand on a giant podium, overseeing the WWE Universe, and deal out bad news with a smile? Do you remember how over that gimmick was and how much momentum Barrett had following last year's WrestleMania weekend?
That is all but a distant memory at this point as Barrett loses to any and every Superstar put in front of him. Monday night, he lost to Dean Ambrose (again!) while R-Truth watched at the commentary table. As if that weren't bad enough, the intercontinental title that he is supposed to be carrying with respect and dignity continues to be stolen by anyone without anything else better to do at WrestleMania than compete in a Ladder match for the gold.
Couple that with the fact that Barrett is the least interesting character in a field that includes R-Truth (R-Truth!), and you have a disastrous comeback for a man once considered the future of WWE.
Winner: AJ Lee
AJ Lee garnered the biggest pop of the night Monday. That says a great deal about the connection she has with fans and the storytelling she was involved with years ago that allowed her to get as over as she has become.
Her involvement in the Divas storyline heading into WrestleMania instantly elevates the importance and excitement surrounding the impending match, which appears to be the New Jersey native and former rival Paige against The Bella Twins.
At a time when fans are calling for better treatment of the Divas, bringing AJ back into the fold for a high-profile match at 'Mania is exactly what the division needs.