Strowman and Reigns continued their intense feud with a “Last Man Standing” match, in which the winner is decided when one competitor is knocked down and can’t get back to his feet by the count of 10.
As a no-disqualification match, there were some impressive moments with Strowman tossing the steel staircase into the ring and Reigns smashing him several times with it.
The thing with the “Last Man Standing” is that it leads to several instances where there’s no action and we’re waiting to see if the referee can complete a 10-count.
Maybe it’s not that different than if both wrestlers were laying on the mat, beaten and exhausted, or if someone was taking a breather outside the ring.
But there was a lot of downtime, even if Strowman and Reigns provided plenty of big moments, notably a dropkick by the hulking Strowman, several Superman punches from Reigns, and Reigns slamming Strowman through a table with a Samoan Drop.
At one point, the action went into the crowd with both wrestlers making their way toward the announce table and entrance ramp. Look who Braun Strowman passed by and was caught by the cameras: Yes, that was John Canton!
Goodnight Toronto from Braun, the Raw Deal shirt and me. pic.twitter.com/znUoWHYq21
— John Canton (@johnreport) August 8, 2017
John emailed in a brief account of being live on the scene:
“You may have noticed me on camera near the end of the main event in my Raw Deal shirt. They filmed part of the brawl right in front of us. The security guys were clearing the area and there was so many of them. They just go “stay where you guys are” so that we didn’t step in the aisle at all. I puffed my chest out to promote the Raw Deal and then did a point to it. That was pretty fun. It’s funny how it works out because I was row 5 in the 12th seat, which is the last one in the aisle and that’s exactly where they came by. If it wasn’t a Last Man Standing match, then I wouldn’t have been on.”
Eventually, Reigns nailed Strowman with a Spear, running the full length of the ramp for the hit. That looked like the decisive blow, as Reigns got to his feet by the count of eight.
That’s when Samoa Joe reached out of the stands and locked the Coquina Clutch on Reigns. Why the referee didn’t just keep counting while Strowman was down is kind of puzzling because he was down for 10 (and much more), while Reigns was on his feet.
But all the attention was on Joe making Reigns pass out with his signature hold. Since the match was no-disqualification, the referee couldn’t stop the match.
Joe was allowed to interfere and knock Reigns out with the Coquina Clutch. Naturally, Reigns couldn’t get back to his feet after passing out. The referee counted down both Reigns and Strowman, but Strowman sprung up at the count of eight, ensuring that he won the match.
Roman Reigns squares off against Braun Strowman in a brutal Last Man Standing Match on Raw in 2017: