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The Monster of All Monsters.

"If doom had a face, it would look like Braun Strowman."
Corey Graves, WWE color commentator


Adam Scherr (born September 6, 1983) is an American professional wrestler and former strongman 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. He is a 2-time Raw Tag Team Champion (once with a 10-year old kid named Nicholas and once with Seth Rollins), a one-time Intercontinental Champion and a one-time Universal Champion.

Strowman was one of six wrestlers released by WWE on June 2, 2021, joining 10 other wrestlers who had been let go that April. Once his noncompete expired, he started working the indies under his real name. In February 2022, he and EC3 announced they were starting a new promotion known as CYN (for "Control Your Narrative").

Following Vince McMahon's retirement, he made an impactful return to WWE on September 5, 2022, putting the roster on notice.

"Get these tropes!":

  • Anti-Hero: Even as a face, Braun is still a ruthless, unstoppable super-behemoth.
  • Ascended Extra: Was a former rosebud.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Roman Reigns. Roman was the first one to decisively beat Strowman, becoming his sworn enemy.
    • Kane and The Miz after being betrayed and throwing him into a garbage truck at TLC 2017.
    • Kevin Owens in middle 2018.
    • Baron Corbin in late 2018 after the Crown Jewel screwjob.
    • Bobby Lashley in middle 2019.
    • Tyson Fury in late 2019.
    • Bray Wyatt in 2020 after Wyatt wants Strowman back to the family.
  • 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.
  • Badass Boast: His response when asked if he was nervous about entering his first Elimination Chamber match? "I don't fear the unknown, the unknown fears me!"
  • Badass Family: His father, Rick Scherr, is regarded as one of the greatest softball players of all time.
  • Bald Head of Toughness: Since August 14, 2020, he has gone bald to invoke this trope by making him appear even more menacing.
  • Beard of Evil: Something of a given, considering he's a former member of The Wyatt Family and a Wrestling Monster.
  • Baritone of Strength: Braun's voice is a deep, snarling growl that matches his look perfectly. He managed to hilariously subvert it one time when tricking Kevin Owens into giving up his location inside a port-a-potty, asking in a very feminine voice: "Is anybody in there?"
  • Berserk Button:
    • Refusing to stay down or even trying to budge after taking a Strowman beatdown will only incense Braun into beating you down further until he feels he's finished with you.
    • As Jimmy Uso and Miz found out in the Mixed Match Challenge, mocking or interrupting a tender moment between him and Alexa Bliss is a very bad idea.
  • The Berserker: Braun is always in this state as if he's a raging grizzly bear while going on a warpath of destruction quite literally beating people down and attacking violently in an animalistic fury. This behemoth is basically a wild animal in a human's body.
  • The Big Guy: As a face.
  • 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, though Bray's words on the matter suggested he had fallen out of favor with Sister Abigail in the past as well). 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.
  • Bridal Carry: Carried and caught Alexa Bliss this way several times throughout their run in the Mixed Match Challenge.
  • The Brute: In The Wyatt Family — which says something as the stable was already full of very large, very physical guys.
  • Catchphrase:
    • 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.
    • "Get these hands!"
  • 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. And on the January 8, 2018 episode of Raw, he used a grappling hook to pull down the arena scaffolding on top of Kane and Brock Lesnar as part of their vicious three-way championship feud. Topped even further the next week by him toppling a semi trailer!
  • Defeat Means Friendship: With Tyson Fury after Crown Jewel 2019, who suggests their next time in the ring should be as a tag team together before teaming up to dispose of an interrupting B-Team.
  • 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.
    • Even Brock Lesnar isn't immune to this. After SummerSlam 2017, when Braun stormed out to the ring, Lesnar could be seen visibly cursing (later edited out of replays) about it. This only got emphasized after Lesnar realized that Braun was seemingly immune to his suplexes.
    • Gone up another whole notch with Triple H at Survivor Series 2017, with Strowman seizing Triple H by the throat post-match and assuring him that if he used Braun like he did before,note  that he will NEVER play "The Game" again. Triple H, mind you, is a 14-time world champion and has faced many big, scary and intimidating men, but he looked as if he had the fear of God scared into him just being in Strowman's grasp.
      • Trips' wife Stephanie McMahon isn't immune from this either; after falsely claiming on the RAW after Survivor Series that her husband fears no one, Strowman storms the ring. Mind you, Stephanie's never had a issue with verbally razing superstars, big or small, but the moment Braun made his entrance? She clammed up, stood in a corner, and quietly left without uttering a single word during his face-off with her husband.
    • Braun Strowman was so dangerous that he was one of the main motivating factors for the re-formation of The Shield, who themselves are The Dreaded, and are still touted as the most dominant force that WWE saw in a long time, if not its entire history. To say nothing of the fact that individually, the three had become the three top stars in the company ever since their original break up. That's right — Braun alone forced three main event-level stars into re-forming their old stable. For comparison, the last time a similar event like that happened in the company is when The Shield themselves forced Evolution to re-form just to take them out.
    • During the Dec. 11 episode of Monday Night Raw, Titus O'Neil and Apollo Crews were bickering with Gallows and Anderson backstage, when suddenly, out of absolutely nowhere, they all scramble for cover, simply because Braun was walking towards the ring for his match against Kane. Even without actively looking for blood, Braun scares the shit out of everyone just by existing in the same place and time.
  • 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.
  • Enemy Mine: With Roman Reigns, following the Greatest Royal Rumble, although this has something to do with Bobby Lashley being his tag partner and having a feud against Sami Zayn and Kevin Owens.
  • Everyone Has Standards: After Roman Reigns was forced to leave wrestling and relinquish the Universal Championship due to his returning leukemia, Braun said during his subsequent Heel–Face Turn that as much as he and Roman hated each other, he didn't want him to die, especially like that, and that once he'd won the Universal Championship Roman would have a fair title opportunity waiting for him when he returned.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Shaved the sides of his head after separating from the Wyatts and starting his run as a singles star, giving birth to his now-famous Viking braid.
  • 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.
    • Post-Heel–Face Turn, Strowman can be summed up as a taller, heavier, stronger, tougher and more destructive version of Ryback, being a Type IV Anti-Hero with a The Berserker personality, a rock metal entrance theme, an entrance that involves stretching before letting loose a Battle Cry, a prominent beard, a catchy Catchphrase that became a crowd chant ("Feed me more!" vs. "Get these hands!") and a wrestling style that consists of displays of brute strength with the occasional astonishing feat of wrestling athleticism.
  • 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.
  • Flipping the Table: Did this literally at SummerSlam 2017 using an announcer's table (and flipping it the long way, of all ways) onto Brock Lesnar.
  • Gentle Giant: Towards Alexa Bliss and Ember Moon ever since they got paired up for the Mixed Match Challenge. In real life, he's well known as one with contemporaries and fans.
  • The Giant: 6'8", 400 lbs. approx., 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, 270 and 6'3, 285) both look small.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Braun was one of the motivating factors for the re-formation of The Shield. He was able to take out all three individually, but together, they proved too much for him.
  • Grievous Harm with a Body: During a tag team match on RAW he hit Dolph Ziggler with Finn Bálor, his own partner. He wasn't turning on Finn, it just seemed like a good idea.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Has a humongous temper and will always be on an angry streak of an Unstoppable Rage. Fun fact: outside of wrestling, he says he may have inherited his father's temper.
  • Heel–Face Turn:
    • At TLC he was betrayed by his team-mates. Later on RAW he had a Roaring Rampage of Revenge and DESTROYED The Miz and his goons. The crowd exploded. That said, he didn't change his ways, just his victims.
    • Despite his never-ending brutality, he was definitely a face coming out of WrestleMania 34 where he picked a 10-year old boy called Nicholas to be his tag "partner", then ran over Sheamus and Cesaro single-handedly to win the RAW Tag Team Titles and celebrated with the kid in the ring. The next night on RAW he and Nicholas gave up the titles to GM Kurt Angle (because Nicholas was only in the 4th grade and still had school), but he promised that once Nicholas finished school (in eight years) they'd be coming back for the titles. Braun Strowman is every kid's hero after that.
  • Heh Heh, You Said "X": At one point The Bar came out to lecture him about being an effective Tag Team and Cesaro said tag teams have to sleep together. The camera cut to a grinning Braun who pointed at them and mouthed, "You two sleep together?!" while the audience laughed it up.
    Sheamus: [To Braun and the audience.] Oh, GROW UP, will ye? He means ROOM together! My God...

  • 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.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: For both seasons of the Mixed Match Challenge. The first time he was paired with Alexa Bliss, the second time with Ember Moon. (Alexa was going to come back but had to bow out due to injury.)
  • Implacable Man: He can be staggered or knocked down but keeping him down is another thing. From what we've seen so far, when he's at his Made of Iron best, the threshold is somewhere above the sum of "grueling hardcore wrestling match" and "literal freaking car wreck."
  • Insane Troll Logic: Apparently believes that wearing his shirts can make other people at least 30% stronger. No, it's not supposed to make sense.
  • Invincible Villain: Most wrestling monsters like Big Show, Mark Henry, Umaga and the Great Khali lose their edge in a year before becoming mid-carders or jobbers. Not Braun. The guy has destroyed anyone in his way for two years and was only pinned twice (by Roman Reigns and Brock Lesnar, both being Invincible Hero and Invincible Villain in their own rights). Later subverted, though; in later years he's much more up and down in terms of wins and losses.
  • 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. His Mic skills aren't too shabby either.
    • He seems to have fixed the overconfidence issue as he hasn't made any mistakes like jumping off the top rope since it led to his first loss against Reigns. As a result he hasn't been pinned or submitted since. He's been untouchable and unstoppable as of late and not even Brock Lesnar has been able to stop him yet.
  • 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.
  • Loophole Abuse: After he won on his own a tag team battle royal for the right to challenge Sheamus & Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 34, he was told that he had to find a tag team partner for the match. But nobody said his partner actually had to be a wrestler, so he just picked out 10-year-old Nicholas from the crowd as his partner and proceeded to demolish the champions and win the titles by himself while the kid just stood at the ring apron.
  • 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.
    • Also, his 2018 Crown Jewel match with Brock Lesnar, in which he tanked FIVE F5s before staying down. And that was after taking a title belt cheap shot to the back of the dome by Baron Corbin, who is far from small himself. Brock looked almost confused after the third kickout, probably wondering for a second if he would have to attempt vehicular manslaughter himself.
  • Manly Man: Braun almost couldn't be more masculine. He's a 6'8 professional strongman with a badass beard, a low, growling voice, and a bad attitude, who crushes other men (in his own words) like empty beer cans.
  • 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!
  • No Indoor Voice: Braun appears to be completely incapable of talking in anything less than a booming roar, even when he's having a face-to-face conversation with someone, as seen in this promo with Roman Reigns.
  • No-Sell: Has done this from kendo sticks from Seth Rollins to steel-chair shots from Roman Reigns and Kane to a German suplex from Brock Lesnar.
  • One-Man Army:
    • Came back from TLC to give both The Miz and the Miztourage one hell of a beatdown. Then came Survivor Series, where he eliminated two opponents in under a minute, a third one later, and ended the PPV by powerslamming Triple H twice. It took the entire Smackdown team to suplex him through an announce table, but he just got back up from that later and continued his rampage as if nothing happened.
    • At Elimination Chamber 2018 Braun pinned five of the other six participants in the Chamber match before getting pinned himself by Roman Reigns.
  • Perpetual Frowner: He's almost always angry and his face reflect it. Maybe for the best, though; when he smiles, it's just as terrifying.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Alexa Bliss. Ship Tease aside, she and Braun are still portrayed as close friends whenever they interact if the repeated call backs to their time tagging on Mixed Match Challenge is any indicator, to the point Bray Wyatt used an illusion of her against Braun during their Swamp Fight at Extreme Rules 2020.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Especially when he was with The Wyatt Family, but generally-speaking, having Braun smile at you is about the same in terms of bad signs as having him glare at you.
  • 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. After winning the MitB ladder match, Strowman was called "Mr. Monster in the Bank".
    • Upon his return to WWE in September 2022, he was christened "The Monster of All Monsters."
  • Running Gag: Started making a habit of beating up Kevin Owens, usually with a running shoulder tackle that ends up flattening him, which began in May.
  • Ship Tease: With Alexa during their team up for the Mixed Match Challenge.
  • The Sixth Ranger: Was this to the Wyatt Family.
  • Sore Loser: His reaction after losing every match is to powerslam his opponent until he's done with them.
  • Spanner in the Works: Strowman played a key role in ending Lesnar's Universal Title reign at SummerSlam 2018 by announcing that he's going to cash-in his MitB contract should either men got a win over the other. This worked out well in Reigns' favor in the end, as Lesnar's confidence is starting to fade away, resulting with him attacking Strowman to prevent a potential cash-in. This action allowed Reigns to catch a distracted Lesnar off guard with a Spear for the win by clean pinfall.
  • 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.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: Braun was at first strong enough to challenge the brother of destruction but still loses and now he is flipping ambulances and surviving garbage compactor. Also applies to the other wrestlers who beat him or work him up since Braun will start selling moves he shrugged off before.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Here's a picture of Braun/Adam's father Rick when he was young.
  • 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. However, as time went on, Braun gained more confidence and Took a Level in Badass (which is saying a lot), to the point that he averts this trope completely against everyone, including the aforementioned Brock Lesnar.
  • 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. After getting over as a face, fans would start chanting "one more time" for Braun to hit an already-beaten opponent to hit his fallen opponent with another running powerslam.
  • 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.
  • Villain Protagonist: For the definition of being a "villain" anyway, but after the events of WrestleMania 34, Strowman becomes the first-ever Wrestling Monster protagonist in WWE history.
  • 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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