“It’s Not Guaranteed Money” – Eric Rowan Blames Braun Strowman’s Contract for His WWE Release

Published 06/10/2021, 8:30 AM EDT


After the shocking release of former WWE Universal Champion Braun Strowman, the pro wrestling world is waiting for his next move. Braun’s long-time colleague Erick Rowan reacted to the news of the release.

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Rowan, who now goes by Erick Redbeard, recently gave an interview to SKWrestling. Both men rose to prominence in WWE as members of the Wyatt Family stable.

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Unlike others, Rowan was not so shaken with Strowman’s release as he was in a similar position last year. Rowan was a part of a similar budget cut related firings in 2020.

You know, a year ago, I was in the same position,” Rowan said. “That’s what you get when you sign that big-money contract. It’s not guaranteed money, man! (laughs). Nothing in this world is guaranteed. Just get back on, just get back on the horse and keep moving on, man.” 

Strowman reportedly signed a WWE deal worth more than $1 million in 2019. With the live events starting shortly, WWE is cutting additional costs to prepare for the future.

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What are Eric Rowan and Braun Strowman up to these days?

Like we mentioned earlier, the WWE released Rowan last year. In his nine-year-long WWE tenure, the former White Sheep of the Wyatt Family became a two-time tag team champion.

Following his release, he made a few brief appearances in a few indie promotions. Rowan appeared on AEW’s “Brodie Lee Celebration of Life” after Lee’s untimely demise. However, he did not sign a full-time contract.

Recently, he teased a debut and a new signing to a promotion with a video on Twitter. As for Braun Strowman, there have been some new rumors going on in the industry.

According to insiders, Strowman is asking for a “five-figure range.” As of now, the former Universal Champion is “pretty set financially”, but he is open to the right offers from independent bookers in the future.

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The fans would have to wait till the standard 90-days no-compete clause is over to see where Strowman finally lands up. It would be interesting if Eric Rowan and Braun came to the same company.

Would you like to see a mini Wyatt Family reunion if Strowman and Rowan meet again? Let us know in the comments below.

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Angana Roy is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, having published more than 800 professional wrestling articles. She is currently pursuing higher studies in English language and literature from the University of Calcutta and has over three years of experience in journalism. As a life-long fan of the sports entertainment brand of pro-wrestling, her work consists of live coverage of weekly shows, PPVs, speculating the future course of storylines and everything in between.

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