It’s tough to imagine any scenario in which Braun Strowman isn’t the automatic favorite of any fight he’s in, including this Sunday’s Men’s Money in the Bank Match. Kevin Owens knew as much, and even though he proved to be smarter than the average bear when it came to handicapping The Monster Among Men in a Fatal 4-Way among Raw’s Men’s Money in the Bank competitors, it was all for naught once the dust settled.
Owens’ strategy was simple: Marshal Bobby Roode and Finn Bálor — both of whom have suffered hard times at the hands of Strowman over recent weeks — into ganging up on The Gift of Destruction and take him out of the running entirely. (Strowman openly invited them to do so before the match.) The trio managed to briefly neutralize Strowman when Finn and Roode rammed him with ladders and Owens put him through the commentary table with a Frog Splash that took nearly as much out of him as it did Strowman. But The Monster Among Men nonetheless roared back from the ashes and took advantage of a late-game scramble among the four competitors to pin Owens with a Running Powerslam onto a ladder.
He did this, it must be mentioned, despite suffering a Coup de Grâce, a Glorious DDT and a second Frog Splash, all of which served to bang up Strowman’s ribs. Owens' game plan was enough to take a piece out of Strowman, true, but three Superstars couldn’t get it done. Maybe seven will be enough. Maybe.