Sami Zayn fought, begged and pleaded for a shot at the monstrous Braun Strowman. His past rumbles with the huge former Wyatt Family member have been very one-sided and brief, but Zayn wanted to prove he could face his fears and overcome the odds.
Raw General Manager Mick Foley finally gave him the match, but with a stipulation added for Zayn’s safety - a ten minute time limit. It didn’t concern Strowman, who said Sami couldn’t last two minutes.
At the start of their Roadblock match, it looked like the smaller Zayn might not only survive two minutes, but possibly take Braun down for the first time in recent memory. Unfortunately, that flurry not only didn’t put Strowman on the canvas, but it was just a brief respite before this encounter resembled all their previous ones.
Things probably could have wrapped up in well under ten minutes, but the Braun wanted to toy with him. He pulled Zayn up from covers after one counts, so he could throw his opponent around for a few more slams. Sami, for his part, did what he said he would do - keep trying to get back up.
With just under four minutes left, Foley walked to ring with a white towel in his hand. Strowman told the GM to call the match by throwing it into the ring. Zayn begged him not to. While Mick deliberated, Sami stole the towel and threw it into the crowd.
Braun vowed to finish things, but his first move to do that - a charge at the ringpost - backfired. Strowman hit that hard, and then went through a barricade.
Both men avoided the ten count, but another dodge put Zayn in a position to finally put his opponent down with a crossbody.
After a Helluva Kick, it looked possible Sami might pin Strowman outright, but the clock expired. The ring announcer declared that a victory for Zayn.
Something tells me Braun’s not going to leave things at that, however.
Get complete results from Roadblock: End of the Line here.