In the significant level of chaos stemming from the main event match at TLC, Braun Strowman has turned babyface, which reportedly set up a couple of feuds for the next few months. Leading up to the match, Roman Reigns was forced to be out of the main event due to medical reasons. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle stepped in as an honorary member of The Shield, ending an over 11-year hiatus of competing in a WWE ring. Backstage during the pay-per-view, Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose handed Angle a vest, inviting him to enter the ring with them. This further built the anticipation of Angle’s return, as fans cheered heavily for this segment.
Also backstage, The Miz, Kane, Braun Strowman, Sheamus, and Cesaro were strategizing how they will destroy The Shield, making it just a one-night return. While they were discussing it, there seemed to be some dissension between Kane and Strowman, as they were trying to one-up each other. During the main event match, Kane accidentally hit Strowman with a chair. Strowman turned around and forcefully shoved Kane to the ground, which caused his teammates to hold them off from any further commotion. As the teams battled on the ramp, Kane chokeslammed Strowman near the announcer’s table.
Kane would then yank the string of chairs hanging above Strowman, causing them to collapse on him. The fans cheered this moment due to the belief that Kane was turning babyface. However, he chokeslammed Rollins and Ambrose, showing his alliance with the heels. Strowman would then recover and battle Kane, as well as assault his teammates for trying to hold him off again from fighting the Big Red Monster. Strowman’s babyface turn would be solidified when the heels attacked him and threw him in the garbage truck, causing him to be “compacted.”
What’s Next for Braun Strowman?
According to the Wrestling Observer, Strowman will indeed compete as a babyface and have a short-term feud with Kane. Although the heel side of Raw has now become even weaker, with The Miz being depicted as an upper mid-card star and Kane only being there temporarily, the belief is that Strowman turned due to fans wanting to cheer him. Moreover, it was felt that he has exhausted his feuds with the top babyfaces, and it was time for his character to be freshened up.
There are also discussions that Strowman will feud with Bray Wyatt after his angle with Kane is over. With Strowman as a face, it may be easier to build his momentum, since the fans were starting to cheer him anyway. However, with the heel side weaker with him turning, as well as Brock Lesnar playing the role of a babyface as of late, it may be tougher to find a strong heel to help boost his character.
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