5 Reasons why Braun Strowman is the legit monster we all wanted
Braun Strowman's performance at Summerslam 2017 can only be described as impressive. For a while, fans have been warming to the Monster Among Men and not just because he was manhandling Roman Reigns. Something about the way he is portrayed is resonating with people and reminding them of times gone by when main event players were booked correctly.
This is the WWE, of course, and we cannot completely trust them to continue doing such good work with Strowman. His feud with Lesnar is going to tell us a lot about what part he will be playing in the future of the WWE. But for now, let's all appreciate something Vince is doing well for a change. Here are 5 reasons why Braun Strowman is the WWE Monster we all need right now:
#1 We are finally in agreement with Vince/Triple H
Despite his advanced wrestling skills and ability to connect with the audience, part of Daniel Bryan's appeal in 2013/14 was the knowledge that in non-kayfabe terms that WWE management was never that keen on him being a main event player. This gave us something to really fight back against. It can feel good as a wrestling fan to rally against authority and hijack shows at the expense of more traditional WWE superstars.
That being said, it can also be quite a thankless task to support somebody that Vince McMahon does not like. Take Cesaro for example. Many of us would love to see the Swiss Cyborg get a title shot or a main event singles push and it infuriates us that Vince just doesn't seem willing to budge. When we see the same 3 or 4 guys main event PPV after PPV, it can really test our resolve and patience. It feels like it goes against the old adage that 'the customer is always right', and in reality, there's not a lot we can do about it.
With Braun Strowman, fans appear to have found somebody who has a pretty good chance of being in Vince McMahon's plans for the future. He is the type of athlete McMahon would ideally like to see at the top of the billing — big, strong and impressive looking. Perhaps he might even be able to fit into that long-forgotten position of a babyface who actually gets unironic cheers.
Not since the days of Stone Cold and The Rock have we openly supported somebody that the company are actually trying their best to push. After so many years of Cena and Orton, it almost feels strange to agree with Vince McMahon about what makes a great superstar anymore. Hopefully, Braun can be that guy for 2017 and beyond.