The Wyatt Family on August 24, 2015 episode of Raw attacking Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns.He was later split up from the Wyatt Family during the 2016 draft and began his solo career in a variety of Squash Matches before getting annoyed and demanding more competition from management.
"A Monster Among Tropes":
- Ascended Extra: Was A former rosebud.
- Beard of Evil: Something of a given, considering he's a former member of The Wyatt Family.
- Black Sheep: Called as much in regards to The Wyatt Family (probably a reference to the fact that he showed up very suddenly in the family's second "incarnation" with little to no setup). He initially appeared wearing a black sheep mask (to contrast with Erick Rowan's white sheep mask).
- Blood Knight: He wants decent competiton.
- The Brute: In The Wyatt Family - which says something as basically all of its members up to that point had been very large and very physical.
- The Dreaded: In his late 2016 solo run. A large majority of the RAW locker room is terrified of him. Even Mick Foley, who has basically Seen It All, thinks he's a whole other level of scary.
- Finishing Move: A lifting triangle choke as part of the Wyatt family, reverse chokeslam during his earlier squash matches and seems to have settled with a running powerslam.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: Shaved the sides of his head after separating from the Wyatts and starting his run as a singles star.
- Genre Savvy: Holy shit, he was this on the January 29, 2017 episode of Raw. The Mountain of a Man was promised a WWE Universal Championship match against Kevin Owens if he interfered to cost Roman Reigns his shot at Owens' title the night before at the Royal Rumble. But when he came out to cash in on that promise, Owens denied the conversation even happened—so Strowman recovered the tape and played it over in the arena, causing General Manager Mick Foley to come out and make the title match. Then Owens had his best friend Chris Jericho sitting commentary at the announce table to the side near the stage before the match—and Strowman, knowing Jericho would get involved, made a bee-line for Jericho and chokeslammed him through the table. Owens was scared shitless, and, aside from a small period of control Owens had caused by a ring post bump, Strowman would absolutely dominate the match. Even when Roman Reigns' music hit and Reigns came after Strowman for revenge, Braun was expecting it and told him to get in the ring and bring it on. The only thing he didn't count on how much Reigns had left in the tank after taking Strowman's beating and working two matchesnote the previous night, resulting in Reigns taking down both him and Owens. And even then, he technically still won the match since Reigns attacked him first, meaning he still holds rightful claim to a future world title shot.
- The Giant: This guy dwarfs Luke Harper. Luke Harper is not a small guy. At all.
- Jack-of-All-Stats bordering on Master of All: A 6'8, damn near 400-pound strongman whose strength is greater than that of The Big Show, who turns out to have been hiding some shocking speed and agility for being as big as he is, whose force can overwhelm the best wrestlers in the world to the point that the man who had the Fight Forever match with Shinsuke Nakamura should consider surviving ten minutes against him as an accomplishment, and who happens to possess moments of tactical genius unseen in most wrestlers, let alone monsters of the ring. If not for lapses of overconfidence, this guy should be untouchable.
- Meaningful Name: Named Braun — homophone of brawn, which perfectly describes him.
- "Strowman" may very well be indicative of the fact that he's a "strong man" at 6'8", and close to the 400 lb. mark.
- Mighty Glacier: Early indications haven't uncovered a wealth of speed. But, hey, when you're a 6'8", 385 strongman that's built like a tank, there's really no need to rush. Anywhere.
- Lightning Bruiser: ...except during his solo run on RAW in 2016, where we've seen his smaller, seemingly quicker opponents try to flee from the ring, only for Braun to not only keep pace, but overrun them. Cole and company were amazed a man his size and girth could even move that quickly, let alone outpace his smaller opposition...
- Squash Match: Has begun to have a series of these on Raw. He's begun to take pride in them, to the point where he went on a rampage because Sami Zayn had the gall to last ten minutes in the ring against him. Strowman wasn't pinned or submitted. Apparently, just surviving too long against him is enough to piss him off.
- Wrestling Monster: Explicitly called this at one point by Mick Foley.