Braun Strowman def. Elias in a Symphony of Destruction Match

Johann Sebastian Bach. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Braun Strowman.

The Monster Among Men formally joined the ranks of the great composers on Raw, defeating Elias in a Symphony of Destruction Match — in short, the ramp was festooned with an orchestra’s worth of instruments — that the wandering balladeer did everything to try and get out of, up to and including fleeing the arena outright before the bell.

To Elias’ credit, he showed off his proficiency at guitar, piano and drums before the chaos started, but it turns out These Hands possess a destructive talent that Elias’ melodic gifts simply cannot overcome. Strowman lifted Elias’ getaway car into the air to stop his escape and pursued Elias back into the ring. Elias landed a solid Kabong across Strowman’s back with a guitar and a picture-perfect elbow drop off the top rope, only to be chased back up the ramp where Strowman broke a bass over his back (again) and completed the crescendo by flattening Elias under a grand piano.

Thanks to the Falls Count Anywhere stipulation Kurt Angle had attached to the contest, Strowman pinned Elias then and there (after throwing the piano aside like a toy of course), leaving his foe to be stretchered out of the arena to a local medical facility.