Not only is Braun Strowman the biggest thing in WWE, he might be the best thing going today.
After a two-week stretch that saw the big man destroy Roman Reigns and an ambulance and then break the company’s ring with Bog Show (been there, done that), there is no doubt the road toward super stardom is within his reach. There is only one problem with Strowman’s rise and the evil villain on Monday nights – he might be too well-liked to be considered a mega heel.
Jim Ross pointed this out earlier in the week as the veteran announcer and wrestling legend spoke on his blog at JRsBarBQ.com.
“It was a stellar night for the on going talent development of Braun Strowman and his show ending presentation with The Big Show was memorable. I was impressed by how hard the two, super heavyweights worked and the live audience seemed to enjoy the imploding, ring stunt,” he said.
When the two super heavyweights were booked for the main event of Monday Night Raw, it was almost a foreshadowing of things to come. And the way WWE is booking him is reminiscent of how other big men like Big Show, Vader and King Bong Bundy were positioned before a major run.
It looks like Strowman is better than all three of them and has a future that right now has a glass ceiling.
“Strowman is being positioned so strongly that it could be challenging for some defiant, younger males to get behind Strowman as a villain. What’s not to like about a big, bad man who kicks everyone’s ass and who has showed little if any ‘fear.’ I think WWE is on the trail of building a significant star with their positioning of Strowman.”
The reasoning for Ross’ logic might be because fans tend to side with heels more on camera than babyfaces. The pop is bigger, the support for destruction, greater. After Reigns retired Undertaker, the general consensus in many minds was the Big Guy would run Monday nights, challenge Strowman for the right to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Heavyweight Title. The segment last week, where Reigns was destroyed on a gurney before he was dumped in the ambulance was vintage WWE.
Regardless of whether Big Show’s abuse of a jeep may have been more plausible, it worked in booking how strong the immovable object Strowman can be.
WWE may do well to book Strowman against Lesnar for the title with the winner to face Reigns once he “heals” from his injuries.