The split between Braun Strowman and WWE was arguably one of the most shocking events to have occurred this year. The harsh effects of the pandemic have put the work of numerous talents at risk and not even a main event star such as 'The Monster Among Men' has managed to escape the inevitable cuts that WWE has ordered in recent months.
From the beginning of his career, Braun had been one of Vince McMahon's favorite athletes, who had given him plenty of opportunities to become a symbol of the federation. Strowman was built as a 'destroyer' from day one, but in the end, this character almost backfired.
During the latest edition of 'Writing With Russo' on Sportskeeda, former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo analyzed the giant's parable in detail. In his opinion, the two matches played by Strowman against Brock Lesnar (respectively 'No Mercy' in 2017 and 'Crown Jewel' the following year) made a negative difference.
Vince Russo on Braun Strowman
"The truth about Braun Strowman is very simple: they built him, they 'pumped' him, he lost badly to Brock Lesnar, then they built him and rebuilt him again, until a new defeat.
You understand very well for yourself that - once you get to that point - it's game over. When the second reconstruction of a superstar fails, there is nothing more to be done, because people will lose faith and hope in that character.
That's exactly what happened to Strowman,” explained Russo. “Besides, I've heard that Braun - although I don't know him personally - is one of those good country boys who never say a word out of place.
Well, let me tell you what, those are just the kind of people you tend to take advantage of in this business. I really fear that he went this way,” he concluded. Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has reported that Braun Strowman's big-money contract was a reason for his WWE release.
He also added that the company has got other giants on their roster like Omos, Commander Azeez, and Shanky, making Strowman obsolete. ''With Strowman (Adam Scherr, 37), who was on a $1.2 million guaranteed deal and had just a few weeks back denigrated all non-WWE wrestling and said he would never work anywhere else, the decision was made because of the feeling he was two years past his peak and he had become obsolete as the roster giant because of Omos on Raw, Commander Azeez on Smackdown, and perhaps Shanky on Raw, being on the main roster who were so much bigger than he is,'' said Dave Meltzer.