Rhyno’s plan to toughen up Heath Slater by throwing him into the fire against Kane did not go as planned last week. The Man Beast’s follow-up didn’t turn out so hot, either. Hoping to set an example for his partner by showing his own mettle, Rhyno stepped into the ring with Braun Strowman — who, coincidentally, will challenge for Brock Lesnar’s Universal Title at Royal Rumble in a Triple Threat Match that also features Kane.
Not only did Strowman overpower Rhyno, The Monster Among Men convinced the ref to allow Slater to join the contest and turn it into an impromptu Handicap Match. Unfortunately, Strowman powered through a two-on-one mugging to pancake both partners with splashes into the corner before finishing off Rhyno with the Running Powerslam.
Slater showed some grit by stepping to Strowman when he attempted to slam Rhyno a second time, but The Gift of Destruction's rampage would not be stopped: He delivered two post-match Powerslams to Rhyno and an astounding three to Slater. That's an unfortunate start to 2018 for The One-Man Band, but if he shows up next week after this, he may well be tougher than anybody ever gave him credit for.