Anybody who was hoping Sami Zayn could repeat his Roadblock: End of the Line miracle and survive a major stipulation against Braun Strowman was likely brought down to earth Monday night. The Underdog from the Underground fell to his monstrous foe in a Last Man Standing Match that has loomed large over Zayn’s head for seven days.
As always, Zayn’s heart was stronger than his body; the beloved Superstar gave everything he had in an unwinnable situation, bashing Strowman with Kendo sticks, pipes, a chair and a running crossbody off the stage and through a table. It even seemed, more often than not, like he might manage to pull off the upset and keep Strowman down for the count of 10. But once The Gift of Destruction put the pedal to the metal and let loose with two Running Powerslams to the arena floor, Zayn was simply outmatched. The Monster Among Men didn’t even stop after the 10-count was called, pummeling Zayn off a stretcher when medical personnel were called to ringside. By the time Strowman finally departed, there was nothing to do but sigh in relief that the punishment — and Zayn’s willingness to take it — was over.