WWE Hall of Famer Explains Why He Doesn’t See Braun Strowman Going to AEW

Published 06/29/2021, 9:33 AM EDT
DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Braun Strowman arrives during to the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)


The release of Braun Strowman sent shock waves throughout the internet wrestling community. Many expected it to be a work, but the Monster Among Men is indeed not a part of WWE anymore. Given his size, experience and limited wrestling acumen, where will he go next?

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Booker T does not see Braun Strowman fitting in AEW

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Upon his release, Braun Strowman became the hot topic for wrestling fans, many wondering if AEW was in his sights. However, WWE legend and Hall of Famer Booker T claimed Strowman wouldn’t fit in AEW. Given his size, Booker T claimed there were a limited amount of matches for him in AEW.

Unfortunately, many people viewed this as the five-time WCW Champion throwing shade at Strowman. On the Hall of Fame podcast, Booker T further explained why he doesn’t picture Braun Strowman in AEW.

“I heard, you know, a comment was made. They said in AEW, Billy Gunn is a monster. And I’ma tell you, that’s true, ’cause Billy Gunn is six foot five; he’s 260 pounds, 250-60 pounds easily. You know what I mean, but you know it’s not that many guys in AEW that’s as big as Billy Gunn, other than maybe Lance Archer.”

“So when you see someone like Braun Strowman come along. Man, he’s an enigma. I heard people say well, Andre the Giant worked out as a big guy back in the day? Well, Andre the Giant was a giant, but there it was a ton of big guys in the company that he had to work with. There’s not a ton of big guys in AEW that’s, you know, six foot three inches tall. It’s not a ton of those guys in WWE as well today!”

Will the independent scene accept Strowman as their own?

DUESSELDORF, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 22: Braun Strowman (L) is attacked by Sami Zayn (R) during to the WWE Live Duesseldorf event at ISS Dome on February 22, 2017 in Duesseldorf, Germany. (Photo by Lukas Schulze/Bongarts/Getty Images)

To succeed on the independent scene and force a major promotion to notice you, a wrestler must perform at an exquisite rate. There’s a reason WWE pursued the likes of Ricochet, Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano; not because they were simply popular, but they performed at an incredibly high level.

Meaning no offence to the former Universal Champion, he simply lacks the experience and acumen required to make it in the indies. One can safely assume that Strowman was born and brought up in WWE, and they slated him to be the next Undertaker or Kane or Big Show. Unfortunately, his giant contract simply wasn’t feasible.

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Let’s not forget the time Strowman insulted independent wrestlers during a dire time. In response to Evil Uno’s plea to support independent wrestling during the pandemic, Strowman’s ‘accountability’ tirade was simply unnecessary. After a faux pas like this, will any independent promotion sign the former Universal Champion?

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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