HARTFORD, Conn. — Give credit to Elias for knowing what he was up against. Facing the challenge of Roman Reigns at WWE Money in the Bank, The Living Truth attempted to win the match before it even began by shattering his acoustic guitar across the broad back of the former Universal Champion. But if what happened next was any indication, he should have brought a bigger guitar.

Roman Reigns wrecks Elias on the entrance ramp: WWE Money in the Bank 2019 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Elias’ attempt to leave ringside unscathed goes badly at WWE Money in the Bank 2019 thanks to Roman Reigns. Courtesy of WWE Network.

Not only did Reigns make it to the ring despite Elias’ ambush, he defeated The Living Truth in the ensuing match, though “match” is a little generous: Moments after Elias hit his John Bender, fist-in-the-air pose atop the ramp, Reigns surged out of the curtain, flattened the guitarist with a Superman Punch, and chased him to the ring. The bell rang, Reigns pounced with a Spear and the 1-2-3 followed. Again, well played by Elias. And good for him for getting through a song. But when it comes to bragging rights — “greatest acquisition in SmackDown LIVE history,” and all that — it’ll take more than that to bring it all back home.

HARTFORD, Conn. — Give credit to Elias for knowing what he was up against. Facing the challenge of Roman Reigns at WWE Money in the Bank, The Living Truth attempted to win the match before it even began by shattering his acoustic guitar across the broad back of the former Universal Champion. But if what happened next was any indication, he should have brought a bigger guitar.

Roman Reigns wrecks Elias on the entrance ramp: WWE Money in the Bank 2019 (WWE Network Exclusive)

Elias’ attempt to leave ringside unscathed goes badly at WWE Money in the Bank 2019 thanks to Roman Reigns. Courtesy of WWE Network.

Not only did Reigns make it to the ring despite Elias’ ambush, he defeated The Living Truth in the ensuing match, though “match” is a little generous: Moments after Elias hit his John Bender, fist-in-the-air pose atop the ramp, Reigns surged out of the curtain, flattened the guitarist with a Superman Punch, and chased him to the ring. The bell rang, Reigns pounced with a Spear and the 1-2-3 followed. Again, well played by Elias. And good for him for getting through a song. But when it comes to bragging rights — “greatest acquisition in SmackDown LIVE history,” and all that — it’ll take more than that to bring it all back home.