Wrestling / Braun Strowman

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"I want everyone!!!"

"I'M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!!!"
Strowman's usual proclamation after squashing a jobber

Adam Scherr (born September 6, 1983) is an American professional wrestler and former strongman currently signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name Braun Strowman.

He made his official wrestling debut as new member of 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.
  • Arch-Enemy: Roman Reigns. Roman was the first one to decisively beat Strowman, becoming his sworn enemy.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Holy shit, he displayed 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, like any Big Bad Wannabe promising title shots for favors when they have no intention to follow through, 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 at the time 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.
  • 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 competition. OR ELSE. Best exemplified this when he called out Roman Reigns for a fight on Raw, despite Braun having his left arm in a sling from blasting an ambulance door off its hinges the night before.
  • 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.
  • Catch-Phrase:
    • He often makes demands (usually for competition) tagged with the disclaimer "Or else."
    • "I'M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!" Several of his victims have endured beatdowns only to go or be carried elsewhere and find that Strowman... well, wasn't done with them.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: As a former strongman competitor, he has this in spades, no more than on the April 10, 2017 episode of WWE Raw, when he deadlifted a goddamn ambulance and tipped it on its side.note  Also can lift and superplex 400+ pounder The Big Show with relative ease.
  • The Dreaded: In his 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 different level of scary.
  • Dynamic Entry: Backstage, he'll often attack from out of frame - sometimes with a shout of something to the effect of "I'M NOT FINISHED WITH YOU!" or sometimes with no preamble at all - and demolish his target. That he can be that insanely strong and also that sudden is downright terrifying.
  • Expy: Hall of Pain-era Mark Henry with the relative athleticism and relative sadism both cranked up to Gregor Clegane-as-a-pro-wrestler levels.
  • 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.
  • The Giant: 6'8", 400, strong as all hell - definitely qualifies. Notably, in his rookie days with the Wyatt Family, he made Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt (Who are big fellas at 6'5 and 6'3) both look small.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Twice — both times involving Roman Reigns and ambulances, no less. At Payback 2017, Reigns used an ambulance door to break Strowman's arm in retaliation (for having endured Strowman's ambulance-flipping Signature Scene) as well as self-defense (for Strowman's attempted Kick Them While They Are Down after already Curb-Stomp Battle-ing Reigns in their official Payback match). And then, at Great Balls of Fire 2017, Strowman won the Ambulance match he'd challenged Reigns to... but then Reigns snapped, blindsided him, trapped him in said ambulance, and proceeded to deliberately wreck it Grand Theft Auto V-style.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: A 6'8, 380-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.
  • Large Ham: Tends to scream at the top of his lungs even when it's not necessary, and his deep, booming voice only heightens the hamminess.
  • Lightning Bruiser: During his solo run on RAW that started in 2016, 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... and then against bigger opposition like The Big Show, he can grapple and do a freaking kip-up, and not a rope-assisted one like Show himself used to do, but a middle-of-the-ring one ala Shawn Michaels or Shelton Benjamin (although to be fair, he was aided by the leverage of holding Big Show's arm). Cole and Graves said it best: Strowman isn't superhuman, he's supernatural.
  • Made of Iron: He not only survived Roman backing an ambulance, with Braun inside, full stop into a tractor trailer, but limped off under his own power, bruises, blood and all. We are talking about the same sort of insane tactic done by Shane McMahon that put Kane, at his psychotically indomitable peak in 2003, down for at least a week.
  • Meaningful Name: "Braun" is a homophone of "brawn," which is his most defining trait. "Strowman" seems to be a play off the fact that he's a "strong man" at 6'8", and close to the 400 lb. mark (plus the fact that he was a professional strongman prior to WWE).
  • Mighty Glacier: He was this during his tenure with The Wyatt Family. His role in the group was to bulldoze and/or bludgeon anyone who the other members perhaps couldn't handle.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Doles these out on a regular basis, but the April 10th, 2017 RAW stands out; Strowman assaulted Roman during his interview with Michael Cole, threw him bodily through a table, repeatedly threw him against steel roller-shutters, powerslammed him onto steel pallets, drove a metal crate into Reigns' face and chest, threw him off a loading dock (after Roman had been strapped to a gurney), and, to top it all off, deadlifted a goddamn ambulance onto its side with Roman in it!
  • Red Baron: Michael Cole often refers to him as "The Mountain of a Man" and "The Monster Among Men". Another nickname, which didn't quite take, came in the form of "The Abominable Strow-man," courtesy of Corey Graves.
  • 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.
  • Tactical Withdrawal: Braun is a monster, but even he knows that Brock Lesnar and The Undertaker aren't to be trifled with unless there's a really good reason to do so. As such, when Lesnar and Taker, respectively, dared Braun to take a shot, Strowman chose the high road and simply left the ring.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Strowman is notorious for returning to inflict more punishment on some poor schmuck, long after Braun has finished the job and nearly crippled his adversary as it is.
  • Took a Level in Badass: As a member of The Wyatt Family, he was just a larger-than-usual lackey for Bray. After splitting away from them, he became the type of monster Bray said he was in the first place for real a terrifying force capable of smashing through a good portion of the roster with ease.
  • Unnecessary Roughness: Arguably what makes Strowman different from the garden variety giant monster heel isn't his size or his strength (which he obviously has in spades) but his utter lack of anything even slightly resembling mercy. He doesn't stop beating you when you're incapacitated. He stops beating you when he feels like stopping and not a moment before - and, typically, he doesn't feel like stopping for a while.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Strowman is dangerous enough in his usual state, but if you make him mad, he'll leave a path of mangled bodies in his wake. Roman Reigns learned this the hard way when Braun spent the better part of five straight minutes brutalizing Reigns backstage during an episode of WWE Raw. Strowman has also been known to take out his anger on random competitors, sometimes laying out five or more superstars in a given night.
  • Worthy Opponent: Roman Reigns is the only superstar in WWE who has pinned Strowman. Subverted, however, as Strowman claims that Reigns simply got lucky.
    • Towards The Big Show. Who was one of the few people to ever pose a challenge against him during Stroman's monster push.
  • Wrestling Monster: Explicitly called this at one point by Mick Foley. His most commonly used Red Baron is "The Monster Among Men."
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