Last week on Raw, Braun Strowman took incapacitating your opponents to another level. His upcoming Royal Rumble rivals Brock Lesnar and Kane were brawling backstage and The Monster Among Men couldn't help but intervene. After laying out The Beast and The Machine, Strowman used a grappling hook to pull down a lighting truss on top of both men.
This week Strowman opened Raw by coming to the ring and not only to brag about the carnage he had caused the week before, but to tell a story about how he will win the Universal Championship at the Royal Rumble. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle cut that story short however when he came to the ring to ruin Strowman's night. Due to his actions the week before Angle felt he had no choice but to fire Raw's Resident Monster.
As you might have guessed, Strowman didn't react to kindly to being fired. After easily shaking off the security that had been tasked with escorting him off the premises, the sacked star went about wreaking havoc backstage that made his actions last week look like child's play. He began by tearing his way through catering, then destroyed Angle's office, and the cherry on the cake was when he tipped over the front of one of the production trucks.
Strowman's path eventually came full circle and when he arrived back in front of the crowd he set his sights on the announcers, more specifically Michael Cole. It was at this point that the Raw GM frantically re-emerged, grabbed for a mic, and explained that Stephanie McMahon had called and ordered him to re-hire Strowman. It seemed as if that news had saved Cole from something terrible. Not entirely true. Strowman still decided to toss Cole off the stage and into a crowd of security guards before taking his leave.
There you have it, and all in the space of Raw's first hour. Strowman began the night as an ex-WWE Superstar and after 60 minutes of rage and destruction he was back in business. What sort of message Stephanie McMahon is sending by hiring someone back after what Strowman did on Raw is a little sketchy, but it certainly made for good television while it lasted.