Interesting Trivia: A former competitive strongman, Strowman eats roughly 15,000 calories per day – more than five times the recommended daily amount.
Entrance themes: "Live in Fear" by Mark Crozer (2015-2016), "Swamp Gas" by Jim Johnston (2015-2016), "I Am Stronger" by CFO$ (2016-present)
Braun Strowman’s history
Adam Scherr competed in a variety of sports as a youngster, including football, wrestling and track and field, but he first made his name as a representative of the United States in strongman competitions.
His biggest achievement in the sport came when he won the Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships in 2012, which earned him an invite to the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic.
After being approached for a tryout by WWE, Scherr officially signed with the company in 2013 and was given the name “Braun Stowman”. He spent the next two years training at the Performance Centre but, unlike his fellow future Superstars, he did not compete in any televised matches in NXT.
During this time, he was still relatively unknown to WWE fans and even made appearances as part of Adam Rose’s “Rosebud” entourage.
He made his in-ring debut in December 2014, defeating Chad Gable at an NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida.
Wyatt Family member
In August 2015, Stowman made his WWE debut under the new name “Braun Strowman”. He immediately targeted Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns, aligning with Bray Wyatt and becoming a new member of the Wyatt Family.
Nicknamed “The New Face of Destruction”, Strowman joined forces with Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan in rivalries with Kane, The Undertaker and the ECW Originals, while all four men worked together at the 2016 Royal Rumble to eliminate Brock Lesnar from the match.
At WrestleMania 32, Strowman featured alongside Wyatt and Rowan in a segment with The Rock. The villainous trio, without Harper due to injury, then began feuding with the League of Nations, but the scheduled match between the two teams at Payback was cancelled due to Wyatt suffering an injury.
Strowman’s final storyline as a member of the Wyatt Family came in July 2016 when, after a memorable battle with The New Day at the Wyatt Family Compound, he teamed with Wyatt and Rowan to defeat Big E, Kofi Kingston and Xavier Woods at Battleground.
Singles competition on Raw
The 2016 WWE brand split saw Wyatt, Harper and Rowan drafted to SmackDown Live, while Strowman was sent to Raw to become a singles Superstar for the first time since his call-up to the main roster.
With a fresh appearance and new music, he spent three months defeating local talents on Raw, most notably James Ellsworth, before becoming a more prominent member of the red brand’s roster.
Nicknamed “The Monster Among Men”, Strowman was a losing member of Team Raw at Survivor Series 2016. He then began feuding with Sami Zayn, who he failed to defeat in a 10-minute challenge match at Roadblock: End of the Line.
In January 2017, Strowman attacked Roman Reigns during his Universal title match with Kevin Owens at the Royal Rumble, kick-starting one of the best WWE feuds of the year. Strowman and Reigns would go on to battle at three pay-per-views throughout 2017, with the former Wyatt Family member winning twice and losing once.
Strowman was also involved in a series of matches with The Big Show in 2017, with the highlight coming on the 17 April episode of Raw when his middle-rope suplex on “The World’s Largest Athlete” broke the ring canvas. The two men also collided in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal, won by Mojo Rawley, at WrestleMania 33.
Universal Championship chase
After a brief pursuit of the Universal Championship in early 2017, Strowman firmly set his sights on winning the title after defeating Reigns in an Ambulance Match at Great Balls of Fire in July of the same year.
One month later, Strowman, Reigns and Samoa Joe challenged Brock Lesnar in a Fatal 4-Way match for the title in the main event of SummerSlam. Despite an impressive showing, “The Monster Among Men” was unable to get the win and Lesnar retained his title after pinning Reigns.
Strowman continued to feud with Lesnar in the subsequent weeks, even ‘no-selling’ a suplex from his rival on Raw, before he unsuccessfully challenged “The Beast” for the Universal title in the headline match at No Mercy.
After gaining fan support during his rivalries with Reigns and Lesnar, Strowman became a babyface in October 2017 when his villainous teammates (Sheamus, Cesaro, The Miz and Kane) threw him in a garbage truck in a losing effort against The Shield and Kurt Angle at TLC.
He went on to be a surviving member of Team Raw at Survivor Series 2017, where he closed the show by attacking tag partner Triple H after being double-crossed by him during the match. Following the event, Strowman returned to the Universal title picture but was unsuccessful in another attempt to defeat Lesnar, as well as Kane, in a Triple Threat match at the 2018 Royal Rumble.
The increasingly popular Strowman was given another chance to earn a Universal title opportunity when he competed in a seven-man #1 contender match at the Elimination Chamber PPV. However, despite setting a new record of five eliminations, he was defeated by long-term rival Reigns.