Symphony of Destruction Match: Braun Strowman and Elias vs. Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura
We go back to the ring as we see staffers placing various large musical instruments around the ringside area. Cesaro is out first, carrying a guitar case. Shinsuke Nakamura is out next with Sami Zayn, who is carrying a ukulele. Cesaro, Zayn and Nakamura hit the ring together as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and we see the instruments at ringside, including a large piano. The announcers show us what happened between these two teams last week. Out next comes Elias with his guitar. Elias says he doesn’t even know who has his back but he wants to know who wants to walk with Elias. Elias says one thing will stay the same as we go into WrestleMania 36 – WWE stands for Walk With Elias. Fans repeat it with him. Elias begins his latest song and gets fans to clap along. He transitions into an introduction for his partner, and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Braun Strowman for a pop. Strowman is carrying the big stand-up bass that he used on Elias in the first-ever Symphony of Destruction match back in 2018.
The bell rings and Nakamura starts off with Elias. Nakamura strikes first and goes to work but Elias drops him with an elbow to the nose. Elias with a chop and more strikes. Elias drives Nakamura down with a hip toss. Sami throws a tambourine in but Elias grabs it first and uses it in the corner. Elias beats Nakamura around with the tambourine. Nakamura turns it around but Elias ducks a tambourine shot and drops Nakamura with a jumping knee, sending Nakamura to the floor.
Elias grabs a kick-drum but Cesaro blocks it. Strowman comes from behind and takes it from Cesaro’s hands, smashing it over his head and around his body. Sami ends up coming from behind with the ukulele but it does nothing to Strowman. Strowman chases Sami around the ring but Nakamura leaps at him out of nowhere, taking the big man down on the outside. Nakamura smiles at the fallen Monster as we go back to commercial.
Back from the break and Elias blocks a cow bell shot, using it on Cesaro. There’s a table standing up on the floor now. Cesaro knocks Elias from the apron, putting him through the table as Sami cheers him on. Strowman comes running over, flattening his opponents and sending them into the barrier.
Strowman launches Cesaro over the announce table head-first to the floor. Fans cheer Strowman on. Strowman slams Nakamura face-first into the steel steps, then the barrier. Cesaro comes over with a guitar but Strowman blocks it and chokeslams him on the apron. Strowman goes for the bass but Sami comes from behind with a big keyboard shot across the back. Sami tips the bass over and orders Cesaro and Nakamura around. Cesaro and Nakamura send Strowman crashing through the bass with a double suplex. Cesaro covers on the floor but Strowman kicks out at 2.
Elias comes over and fights Nakamura off. They tangle some with instruments and Nakamura lands a big kick to the head on the floor. Nakamura charges with a Kinshasa to send Elias into the gong, but Elias moves and Elias kicks the gong. Elias sends Nakamura into the timekeeper’s area, then blocks a guitar shot from Cesaro. Elias fights Cesaro off and smashes the guitar over him as fans pop.
Elias places Cesaro on a table as fans chant for him. Elias goes to the top but Nakamura stops him. Strowman recovers and tosses Nakamura over the announce table. Elias goes back up and nails a flying elbow drop through Cesaro on the table. As soon as Elias hits that for a big pop, Strowman scoops Nakamura for a running powerslam from the top of the announce table, into the piano. Nakamura lands hard and Strowman gets the pin.
Winners: Elias and Braun Strowman
– After the match, Strowman and Elias return to the ring to celebrate. We go to replays. Strowman raises the title and they hit the corners to pose. We see Nakamura receiving medical attention at ringside next to the piano.
– Cesaro and Sami Zayn are in the ring now as Greg Hamilton does the introductions.
Sami talks about how they’ve been victims of injustice for weeks, at the hands of Elias. They have a protest song for us tonight. Fans aren’t buying it. Elias interrupts as they begin to play and out he comes. The screen is still flickering at random times. Fans cheer for Elias he comes out. Elias does his thing and asks who wants to walk with him. Sami isn’t happy that Elias is interrupting their protest concert. Elias says he’s staging a counter-protest.
Sami says any other night he would have his security toss Elias out, but it’s cool if Elias has something on his chest tonight. Sami orders his ringside security to let Elias into the ring. Sami wants Elias close so he can hear this song because a lot of it has to do with Elias. Sami and Cesaro start their sad attempt at music but fans interrupt with a chant for Elias. Sami tells Cesaro to do less cowbell as he tries to play the ukulele. Elias watches from the corner and he’s just amused. Fans chant for Elias some more. This finally falls apart as Sami tries to get local heat. They double team Elias until the music interrupts and out comes WWE Intercontinental Champion Braun Strowman to a big pop.
Strowman heads down to the ring and takes security out first. Strowman hits the ring and ends up chasing Sami around, backing him up the ramp. Security comes from behind and hits Strowman. Strowman chases him back into the ring where Elias is. They both launch the security guard out of the ring, onto the other guards. Sami watches and laughs, saying that could’ve hurt. Strowman and Elias stand tall in the ring as we go to a replay.
Braun Strowman and Elias vs. Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro with Sami Zayn
The bell rings and it’s Cesaro and Elias in the ring. Right hands by Cesaro but Elias with a clothesline. An arm bar by Elias as he climbs the top rope. Elias goes old school but he jumps and takes Cesaro out with the double knees. Elias knocks Nakamura off the ring apron. Right hands by Elias as Nakamura gets back in the ring. With the referee distracted, Zayn grabs the foot of Elias and Cesaro knocks him down. He throws Elias to the outside.
Back from commercial, both Elias and Cesaro are down. Nakamura is tagged in and hits Elias from behind. In comes Cesaro and they knock Strowman off the ring apron. Elias throws Cesaro to the outside and a spinning kick by Nakamura takes Elias down. Nakamura goes for the kick but Elias hits him with a knee to the face. Elias back on the ring apron and as is Strowman. Elias makes the tag. In comes Strowman with a shoulder block on Nakamura. He gets Nakamura in the corner and a big splash.
Strowman throws Nakamura across the ring. Strowman with a big forearm chop takes Nakamura down. Nakamura in the corner, Strowman goes for the splash but Nakamura moves out of the way. Nakamura climbs the top rope and a dropkick onto Strowman. Cesaro is tagged in. They double team Strowman sending him shoulder first into the ring post followed by a double Russian leg sweep. Cesaro goes for the cover but Strowman kicks out.
Sami is on the ring apron with the referee distracted. Nakamura grabs a chair but Elias throws Nakamura faces first int othe ring post. Strowman grabs Cesaro and a running powerslam. Elias is tagged in. Elias off the top rope and a flying elbow drop. He goes for the cover and gets the pin.
Winners: Elias and Braun Strowman
Braun Strowman was interviewed and said he was excited for the Royal Rumble. He said he is declaring himself for the Rumble. Tonight, however, he is concerned about the Intercontinental title. Shinsuke Nakamura is ducking him and he wants his title shot.
Elias, in the ring, says that while he is the walking embodiment of WWE, he cannot do it all alone. He needs the people. They all know WWE stands for Walk with Elias. He sang a song about Greenboro and wants everyone to clap along. He srarts to sing but out come Sami Zayn, Shinsuke Nakamura and Cesaro. They are dealing with serious business – Braun Strowman talking about how he wants a shot at the IC title. He said that he wants to tell everyone about Nakamura. This great man does not back down from a fight. Braun doesn’t have to wait for an answer – it is absolutely not. He said that stupid oaf doesn’t get to dictate anything, they do. Nothing is happening with the Rumble just nine days away. Nakamura is someone who actually won a Rumble match. He said that everyone in the roster is being put on notice. He said he made his point and told Elias to go back to doing whatever he was doing.
Elias said he was listening and multitalked by writing a song at the same time. He said the song is about Sami needing to shut his mouth. He started to play but Sami stopped him and sent Cesaro to take hm out. They brawled with Elias getting the beller of the exchange. Nakamura and Sami hit the ring and thet worked him over until Braun hit the ring and made the save. He wiped everyone out and ran them from the ring.
Match Number Five: Braun Strowman versus Cesaro (with Shinsuke Nakamura and Sami Zayn)
They lock up and Braun pushes Cesaro away. They lock up again and go to a break. Cesaro backs Strowman into the corner and pushes him. Cesaro with a side head lock and shoulder tackle but Braun does not move. Cesaro with uppercuts and punches but Strowman with a shoulder tackle. Braun with a biel. Strowman blocks a kick and he puts Cesaro in the ropes and hits a splash into the corner. Cesaro drops Strowman on the top rope but Strowman with a punch and shoulder tackle that knocks Cesaro off the apron.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with a sleeper and Braun backs Cesaro into the turnbuckles. Cesaro drop kicks the knee and Cesaro chokes Strowman in the ropes. Nakamura kicks Strowman while Zayn distracts the referee. Cesaro gets a near fall. Cesaro with a rear naked choke and turns it into a sleeper. Strowman with a splash into the corner and Strowman punches Nakamura to knock him off the apron. Cesaro with strikes but Strowman with a shoulder tackle. Braun signals for the lap of Brauning and he hits Cesaro and Nakamura. Zayn goes under the ring to hide from Strowman. Strowman knocks down Cesaro again.
Zayn tries to interfere but Strowman stops him. Cesaro sends Strowman into the ring post. Cesaro goes for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Strowman counters with a power slam for the three count.
Winner: Braun Strowman
After the match, Nakamura with Kinshasa to Strowman.
Match Number One: Big E, Kofi Kingston, and Braun Strowman versus Shinsuke Nakamura, Cesaro, and Sami Zayn
Cesaro and Big E start things off. They lock up and Cesaro wtih a side head lock. Big E with a shoulder tackle and Kofi tags in. Kofi with a leap frog back senton for a near fall. Kofi with a wrist lock but Cesaro with a kick and Nakamura tags in. Nakamura with strikes to Kofi but Kofi with a jumping back elbow. Kofi clotheslines Nakamura over the top rope to the floor. Zayn trips Kofi and Nakamura with a lungblower. Zayn tags in and he kicks Kofi and punches Kofi. Zayn sends Kofi to the floor. Cesaro with a running European uppercut that sends himself and Kofi over the announce table while the referee deals with Big E in the ring.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with an arm bar but Kofi with a forearm and a missile drop kick. Nakamura tags in and he stops Kofi with a baseball slide to the head. Nakamura with a kick to the chest. Cesaro tags in and he hits a deadlift gutwrench suplex for a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Kofi with a jaw breaker but Ceasro stops Kofi from making the tag. Kofi with a sunset flip for a near fall. Cesaro with a European uppercut for a near fall. Nakamura tags in and Nakamura with a gourdbuster followed by knees to the ribs. Nakamura with a reverse chin lock. Nakamura with an abdominal stretch. Big E comes into the ring and Nakamura hits him from behind. Kofi with SOS and both men are down.
Cesaro tags in and he hits a drop kick through the ropes on Strowman while Sami distracts Strowman. Kofi gets to his corner but both partners are down on the floor. Nakamura tags in and he Irish whips Kofi. Cesaro with a running European uppercut followed by a sliding German suplex for a near fall. Big E breaks up the cover and Nakamura kicks Big E. Nakamura sets for Kinshasa but Kofi with a leaping double stomp. Braun tags in and Sami gets out of the way to avoid a tag. Braun with shoulder tackles to Nakamura and a splash. Braun signals for the Wacky Lap and Strowman knocks down Nakamura and Cesaro but Zayn escapes Strowman and Nakamura with a jumping side kick off the steps.
Nakamura sends Braun into the ring and Strowman with a clothesline to counter a Kinshasa attempt. Strowman goes for a power slam and Cesaro makes the save. Cesaro with a springboard European uppercut but Big E sends Cesaro to the floor and over the ringside barrier. Kofi takes the platter from Nakamura and hits Nakamura in the back of the head when the referee was distracted by Zayn. Strowman with a power slam for the three count.
Winners: Braun Strowman, Kofi Kingston, and Big E
After the match, Kofi says Braun is the Monster Among Men, but he also has a great set of hips and it is time to see what those hips can do.
Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura show up and Cesaro asks if there is a problem.
Sami says he is trying to do something nice and give him a gift.
Braun says he wants a shot at the Intercontinental Championship.
Sami says that is a great idea, but Nakamura is in a tag match tonight against the New Day. Sami says he will check his list, he will check it twice.
Match Number Three: Big E and Kofi Kingston versus Cesaro and Shinsuke Nakamura (with Sami Zayn) in a Non Title Match
Kofi and Nakamura start things off and Nakamura knocks Big E off the apron. Kofi with forearms but Nakamura misses a forearm. Kofi with a drop kick off the turnbuckles for a near fall. Cesaro makes the tag and Nakamura sends Kofi into Cesaro for a European uppercut and Nakamura with a lungblower. Cesaro gets a near fall. Cesaro with a kick and gutwrench suplex for a near fall. Cesaro with a head lock. Kofi with elbows but Nakamura tags in and he kicks Kofi in the head as he works on the arm.
Nakamura with a front face lock and sleeper. Kofi with elbows and he lands on his feet on a reverse exploder attempt. Big E tags in and he hits two overhead belly-to-belly suplexes followed by another belly-to-belly suplex. Big E with a Warrior Splash. Nakamura with an elbow and spinning heel kick. Nakamura runs into the corner and Big E with a uranagE but Cesaro breaks up the cover. Kofi sends Cesaro to the floor and Kofi with a plancha. Sami gets on the apron and Nakamura with kicks to Big E.
Cesaro clotheslines Big E while Nakamura distracts the referee. Nakamura hangs Big E over the apron and hits a running knee to the head. Nakamura Irish whips Big E into the ring steps.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with an Irish whip to Big E and Cesaro charges into the corner but Big E sends Cesaro over the top rope to the floor. Big E kicks Cesaro away but Nakamura tags in and knocks Kofi off the apron. Nakamura wiht a boot and jumping knee off the turnbuckles. Nakamura sets for Kinshasa but Big E with a clothesline. Kofi and Cesaro tag in and Kofi with a springboard chop and a series of chops and a drop kick. Kofi misses the jumping clothesline but Cesaro with a kick and Kofi comes off the turnbuckles with a head scissors followed by a double stomp for a near fall. Kofi with a jumping clothesline followed by the Boom Drop. Kofi sets for Trouble in Paradise and Sami tries to get Cesaro to notice. Cesaro avoids Trouble in Paradise and hits a pop up European uppercut for a near fall.
Kofi is sent over the top rope by Big E for a splash onto Cesaro and Nakamura. Kofi goes up top and hits a cross body on Cesaro for a near fall. Nakamura pulls Big E off the apron. Cesaro with a rollup for a near fall and then Cesaro with a giant swing. Cesaro with a double stomp for a near fall. Kofi with a back drop to escape a Gotch Style Neutraliizer and Cesaro lands on his feet. Kofi with an inside cradle for the three count.
Winners: Kofi Kingston and Big E
After the match, Nakamura and Cesaro attack Big E and Kofi. Sami Zayn comes in the ring to stop Nakamura and Cesaro. Sami then joins in the attack.
Braun Strowman’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Braun with a shoulder to Cesaro and he sends Cesaro to the apron. Cesaro drops Braun on the top rope and Nakamura with a kick. Braun kicks Nakamura and punches Ceasro. Braun with a splash to Nakamura in the corner and then he goes to the floor for a lap splash on Cesaro. Braun with another splash to Nakamura but Sami makes the save to prevent the power slam.
Cesaro shows up and he says he does not care what people think. It was not criminal what Brock did. The only thing Brock did that was criminal, he would have done it to Rey and Dominick.
Ricochet says that you wouldn’t do that because you are not half the man that Rey is.
Cesaro says he is twice the size of Rey.
Ricochet says if you want to prove it, he will be in the ring waiting.
We go to commercial.
Match Number Four: Ricochet versus Cesaro
Ricochet with a drop kick as the bell rings and he gets a near fall. Ricochet with an elbow and he goes for a head scissors but Cesaro pushes him away and hits a clothesline. Cesaro catches Ricochet on a leap frog attempt and connects with an elbow. Ricochet sends Cesaro over the top rope and Ricochet hits a Fosbury Flop onto Cesaro. Ricochet with a forearm to the back and they return to the ring. Cesaro catches Ricochet off the turnbuckles and hits a backbreaker for a near fall. Cesaro with kicks and a European uppercut for a near fall.
Ricochet with a forearm and Cesaro presses Ricochet over his head and hits a knee for a near fall. Ricochet goes for a rollup as he escapes the Gotch Style Neutralizer. Cesaro misses a shoulder in the corner and he hits the ring post. Ricochet with a kick and West Coast Pop for the three count.
Cesaro says that Rey should have listened to his son and he will do to Rey’s son what he is going to do to Rey now. He will beat the hell out of him.
Match Number Five: Rey Mysterio versus Cesaro
Rey drop kicks Cesaro to the floor as he enters the ring and Rey with punches.
The bell rings and Cesaro with a European uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro with a suplex and elbow drop. Cesaro gets a near fall and connects with a European uppercut. Cesaro with a hard Irish whip. Cesaro with a European uppercut and punches. Cesaro goes for a gutwrench buckle bomb but Rey counters and sends Cesaro into the ring post. Cesaro with a European uppercut to stop a suicide dive attempt from Rey. Cesaro sets to suplex Rey to the floor but Rey blocks it and he connects with a knee. Rey with a shoulder and kick. Rey with a 619 to the back to send Cesaro to the floor. Rey with a suicide dive into a tornado DDT on the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Cesaro with a clothesline for a near fall. Cesaro with an elbow drop for a near fall. Cesaro with a rear chin lock. Rey with a shoulder from the apron but he goes for a springboard move and Cesaro knocks Rey off the ropes with a shoulder. Cesaro with a slingshot senton for a near fall. Cesaro with a reverse chin lock. Rey with a springboard cross body but Cesaro rolls through and he catches Rey. Rey counters with a crucifix driver but Rey cannot capitalize. Rey with a kick and waist lock but Cesaro with a standing switch. Rey with a quebrada but Cesaro catches Rey. Rey counters with a DDT for a near fall. Cesaro with a boot to Rey and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with a crossface. Rey with a rollup for a near fall.
Rey with an enzuigiri that staggers Cesaro and Rey sends Cesaro into the ropes but Cesaro catches Rey and hits a knee to the ribs for a near fall. Cesaro with a suplex and he holds on for a second suplex and hits it. Cesaro goes for a third suplex but Rey counters with a rana that sends Cesaro into the ropes and Rey with a 619 and Rey goes up top for the West Coast Pop but Cesaro catches Rey. Rey with a Code Red for the three count.
Winner: Rey Mysterio
Match Number Seven: Miz versus Cesaro
Cesaro with a running European uppercut for a near fall. Miz goes to the floor and Cesaro goes to the floor and hits a running European uppercut against the ringside barrier. Cesaro hot shots Miz onto the ringside barrier. Cesaro with a clothesline and he gets a near fall. Cesaro with forearms to Miz. Miz with Reality Check and both men are down. Miz with kicks to the chest and he misses a round kick. Cesaro with a European uppercut for a near fall. Miz with an Irish whip and Miz is sent to the apron. MIz goes up top and Cesaro with a European uppercut to stop Miz. Cesaro goes to the ropes for a superplex for a near fall. Cesaro with a wrist lock. Miz with a kick and punches.
Miz with a boot when Cesaro charges into the corner. Miz lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt and Miz iwth a kick to the knee and a DDT for a near fall. Miz with punches and kicks. Miz with a running double knee strike and he hits a second one. Cesaro with a pop up European uppercut for a near fall. Cesaro sets for the Gotch Style Neutralizer but Miz with a back body drop. Cesaro gets a near fall and then he goes for the Giant Swing but Miz with punches. Cesaro kicks Miz to the apron on a figure four attempt. Cesaro drops down on a sunset flip attempt but the referee sees it. Miz with a near fall on a sunset flip.
Cesaro with European uppercuts. Miz with a Skull Crushing Finale for the three count.