Having finally convinced Raw General Manager Mick Foley that he has the fortitude to take on Braun Strowman, Sami Zayn must show Foley — and the WWE Universe — that he can survive 10 minutes against The Monster Among Men this Sunday at Roadblock: End of the Line.
Such was the challenge laid out by Mrs. Foley's Baby Boy Monday night. Foley originally expressed misgivings about granting Zayn a rematch against Strowman after the barrel-chested destroyer ran through Zayn on the Nov. 21 edition of Raw. Their first encounter was so one-sided that Raw's plaid-clad GM ordered the referee to stop the match, claiming Zayn was unable to defend himself against the 6-foot-8, 385-pounder.
That outcome, and Foley's apparent lack of faith in The Underdog from the Underground, served only to stoke Zayn's inner fire. Finally, after Foley went so far as to threaten trading Zayn to SmackDown LIVE for a “talent of equal value, Eva Marie,” it became clear that Foley was simply trying to motivate Zayn and prepare him for Strowman's immense challenge.
The Abominable Strowman has smashed through every competitor who has stepped his way, usually with the delicacy of an 18-wheeler splattering animal viscera on the pavement. His matches never last more than a couple minutes, because no Superstar has presented much of a challenge. Though Zayn is universally considered one of WWE's gutsiest and most gifted grapplers, he still gives up seven inches in height and more than 170 pounds to The Monster Among Men. Will Zayn go the distance and last 10 minutes this Sunday?