Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn found an unlikely champion in Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, but their stick-it-to-the-man attitude might not fly quite like it did on SmackDown LIVE. Their insults of Raw General Manager Kurt Angle during the debut of “The Sami & Kevin Show” landed KO & Zayn in a match against Braun Strowman & Bobby Lashley, and despite the prodigious gifts of the former Universal and NXT Champions, the bout went more or less like you would expect it to.
Strowman & Lashley’s strength advantage was evident from the very start, and it forced Owens & Sami to get creative to stay in the fight. While their cat-and-mouse routine in the early goings went nowhere, Owens got in a cheap shot on Lashley on the outside in order to give Zayn some breathing room. Their strategy turned to keeping Braun Strowman out of the match at all costs, but The Dominator eventually reached The Monster Among Men, and then all bets were off.
Strowman’s progression to victory was ruthless and unstoppable. He pulverized Zayn and blasted the meddling Owens with a pair of shoulder tackles and a T-Rex Dropkick until KO was out of the equation. Lashley tagged in momentarily to drop Zayn with a stalling suplex, and The Gift of Destruction closed the book with a Running Powerslam. Stephanie may have gone over Angle’s head to bring Owens & Zayn to Raw, but between this and the Greatest Royal Rumble Match (Angle helpfully reminded them that he, Daniel Bryan and Chris Jericho will all be in the Greatest Royal Rumble Match along with KO & Zayn) the troublemaking duo may well soon find they’re in over theirs.