Braun Strowman is tearing through his competition. Since being drafted to Raw, Strowman has been in squash matches against local wrestlers.
These locals are basically much smaller indie guys, who make the already massive Superstar look even larger and stronger by comparison. This week, the “big, sweaty man” faced Johnny Knockout, who was lucky to get a few early kicks in before being dominated.
We’ve already discussed why WWE bringing back squash matches is a good idea, especially for Strowman, who was repackaged after leaving the Wyatt Family last month. But let’s think bigger picture. Where does Strowman go from here?
Certainly he won’t be wrestling against locals in squash matches forever. This dominant run has to be building toward something. Strowman has already begun to establish an identity as a monster in these all-offensive matches, so soon enough he’ll be challenged by actual WWE Superstars.
Here are some of the potential feuds we could see in the future:
“Come one, come all…See the two huge dudes wrestle each other!” That carny mentality will be the reason behind this feud, which is probably the most obvious. If anyone is going to put Strowman over as the new “dominant big man of WWE,” it has to be Big Show.
Big Show has made an entire career wrestling with that moniker. Plus, he’s at the point where his legacy is already set, so it wouldn’t hurt to give new talent the rub. I mean, it’s not like he hasn’t been doing that for the past few years.
Like Big Show, Mark Henry provides both the size and experience WWE would want for Strowman’s opponent. Henry is the longest tenured WWE Superstar other than Kane, who would also be a logical choice if he wasn’t on Raw right now.
You know what? Who cares. We’ll include him anyway…
It’s not like he’s involved in anything right now. Who’s going to complain that he’s suddenly appearing on Raw? Daniel Bryan? If nothing else maybe the shows can make a trade to give Kane some interest before he decides to run for mayor in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Basically, the logic behind Kane or Henry is to put Strowman in a feud with someone who really makes him look big. Not in the way that a 5-foot-8, 160-pound man does, but rather that he can still look massive even while standing next to either of them.
Again, this is more of a “hey, Jack Swagger is on the Raw roster” pick. Can’t you envision Swagger being all gung ho about challenging Strowman before putting him over? Kind of like the feud he had with Rusev early in the Bulgarian’s first United States Championship run.
These are really all realistic short-term plans for Strowman. Any of these feuds would have him winning decisively, although a bit less than his current squash matches. The next one is more of a “down the line” scenario.
So let’s say Strowman is properly handled as a “monster heel.” It’s time to feed him to the “Big Dog.” Whether that means halting his push or actually building him as a credible opponent, his path will likely cross with Reigns’.
For all the criticism he receives, few are doubting Reigns’ in-ring ability. He’s solid between the ropes and has yet to put on a terrible match in the past year. Granted, he’s been paired with the best in-ring competitors in WWE over that span, so working with Strowman would be a challenge.
But if both Superstars are still being pushed, this is a feud that should come to fruition at some point in the future.