Braun Strowman first signed with WWE in 2013 but has only recently made an impact on the main brand as the monster portion of the Wyatt Family. At least, he was the monster portion until July’s draft put him on his own.
Since that time, he has been showcased on the Raw product in enhancement matches where he destroys “jobbers” in short matches that end with a one-handed pin. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, it was an act custom-made for professional wrestling, but times have changed and audiences have grown smarter.
Today, they can see that such matches are designed to help unskilled talents like Braun Strowman along until they can learn how to work and control a match.
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As such, people like Braun (real name Adam Scherr) have an uphill battle when it comes to winning over the fans, especially since they are seen as handpicked by Vince McMahon and custom-designed to be crammed down the throat of unwilling spectators.
Examples of this in action from the past include the Great Khali and Giant Gonzales. However, Braun Strowman is well on his way to breaking out of that mold, and he took a huge step this week with a revealing one-on-one opposite “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.
On the Steve Austin Show (family-friendly edition), Scherr spoke freely with the Texas Rattlesnake about his time coming up in Strongman competitions and how he brought the gift of gab from pro wrestling over to his weight lighting participation.
Even though pro wrestling has moved beyond kayfabe into a more reality-driven era, it’s still surprising for many fans to hear someone as confident and comfortable on the mic as Scherr when, as Braun Strowman, he hasn’t gotten anywhere near a microphone.
During the interview, it even causes the colorful Austin to call Scherr a “silver-tongued devil.”
Within the interview, the six-foot-eight, 380-pound Scherr makes no attempt to fool the audience about his shortcomings. He admits that WWE put him with the Wyatt Family so he could learn from people who knew what they were doing.
When asked if there was any resistance from the Wyatt Family over having to work with a “green guy,” Scherr said that not only was there zero resistance, but that Bray Wyatt himself took an active interest and served as a mentor, letting him know what was working with his individual performance and what wasn’t.
The fascinating and refreshing thing that comes out of the Braun Strowman interview is the effort, the knowledge, and the respect that Scherr shows in his answers.
He cites guys like Bruiser Brody and The Undertaker as role models for his performance, and he realizes that he’s got a long way to go. He also talks about how he’s testing different finishers and move-sets and plans on rolling those out in the next few weeks.
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This is particularly important because while his reverse chokeslam is uniquely compelling against a 200-pound jobber, it wouldn’t work as well on guys like Kane and Big Show. And to be a top star, Braun Strowman will have to take on all shapes and sizes.
The bottom line with this interview is that Scherr — Braun Strowman himself — doesn’t feel entitled to anything and seems hungry to put in the effort to reach that next level.
He’s also affable to the other talent and a complete 180 of what he portrays inside the ring.
But what do you think, readers? Have you heard the Braun Strowman interview yet, and would you like to see the company continue steering him toward singles competition? Furthermore, do you think that with his size and attitude, he could one day be a main eventer? Sound off in the comments section.
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