Braun Strowman is one of the most popular superstars of the current era of Professional Wrestling. He has been a part of WWE for nearly 3 years now and has already accomplished so much like winning The Greatest Royal Rumble match and the Money in the Bank Ladder match in the same year. Braun has also managed to get the fans behind him. He gets cheered every week and fans just can’t seem to get enough of him. Braun has also had one of the best and intense rivalries of the modern era with Roman Reigns in 2017 and together, they delivered some of the best matches of last year but Braun’s rise to the top wasn’t that easy or predictable as he seemed like a typical WWE monster who would dominate for a few months and then become a jobber to the top stars. His journey has been quite interesting to follow since his debut and here, I’ll discuss his exciting journey and evolution so far in WWE.
Braun Strowman debuted on Raw in September 2015 when he revealed himself to be a part of The Wyatt Family and helped Bray and Luke in getting the upper hand against Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. During his time with the Wyatt Family, Braun was treated more as a monstrous henchman of Bray Wyatt than an actual wrestler. During his time with The Wyatt Family, he feuded with Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose, Randy Orton, Undertaker, Kane, New Day etc. Being a part of the Wyatt Family helped establish Braun Strowman as a monstrous figure but it was still unclear whether he would be able to thrive on his own. In July 2016, during the brand split, Braun got drafted to Raw whereas the entire Wyatt Family was sent to Smackdown Live.
After the Wyatt Family disbanded due to the brand split, Strowman became a singles superstar and started dominating jobbers for many weeks. It was still unclear at that point whether all of this was being done to make Strowman a legitimate superstar or just to make him strong enough for any other big star to defeat him (like Roman Reigns or Samoa Joe). As months passed, Strowman’s reign of terror continued and he continued to dominate and dismantle small superstars and jobbers and demanded “more competition” from the General Manager Mick Foley. He even represented Team Raw in the 5 on 5 Team Raw vs. Team Smackdown traditional Survivor Series match. He eliminated Dean Ambrose before being counted out because of James Ellsworth. He destroyed Ellsworth after being eliminated.
Braun started a feud with Sami Zayn in late 2016 and both of them had some excellent matches with Strowman coming out victorious in almost all of them. Braun Strowman’s greatest feud started when he made a deal with Kevin Owens in which he would help Owens retain his Universal Championship against Roman Reigns at Royal Rumble 2017 and in return, he would get a shot at Owens’ title the very next night on Raw. This started a lengthy feud between Reigns and Strowman in which both Braun and Reigns had some brutal matches and segments due to which Strowman got injured for a few weeks in between but returned in a dominant fashion. Braun and Roman had an intense Ambulance match in which Braun came out victorious. During this feud, Braun showed some excellent feats of strength like flipping an ambulance with Reigns inside. Braun also showed creativity through his tweets and catchphrases like “I am not finished with you” which is still on the tongues of many members of the WWE universe. In just over 7 months, Braun proved to everyone that he wasn’t an ordinary monster but he was a talented, creative and entertaining athlete as well.
After Summerslam 2017, Braun started showing signs of a face turn when he challenged Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship. Braun was unsuccessful against Brock and feuded with the reunited Shield for a while. At TLC 2017, Braun turned face for the first time in his career when he was betrayed by his teammates Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz and Kane in a match against The Shield. Braun returned shortly after to attack the Miz. He was chosen by Kurt Angle to be a part of Team Raw in the traditional Survivor Series elimination match. He along with Triple H led Team Raw to victory. Braun then feuded with Kane and both of them unsuccessfully changed Brock Lesnar for The Universal Championship. Braun quickly won over the fans when he turned face and was involved in some of the most entertaining segments every week.
At Wrestlemania 34. Braun and Nicholas (handpicked by Braun) defeated The Bar to win the Raw Tag Team Championships. Braun and Nicholas relinquished the Tag Titles the next night on Raw because of Nicholas being a kid. Braun then went on to win The 50-man Greatest Royal Match by eliminating 13 superstars, thus winning the trophy and setting a new record for the most eliminations in a royal rumble match. Braun also won the Money in the Bank briefcase in June, this year. Braun has had a spectacular 2018 so far and he is showing no signs of stopping anytime soon. Braun gets cheered every week and has established himself as one of the biggest stars of the current era. It is yet to be seen whether he retains his Money in the Bank briefcase against Kevin Owens and cashes it in on either Reigns or Lesnar at Summerslam or he loses it to Owens at Summerslam. Whatever happens, The Monster Among Men will continue to rise and find his way to the main event picture by the end of this year.