Braun Strowman recently spoke up about the deliberate shots Brock Lesnar took on him during their Royal Rumble bout.
It pretty much goes without saying—Brock Lesnar vs Braun Strowman is always bound to be a hoss match. Both men are among the biggest and strongest in the WWE, and both possess excellent athleticism for their size. But that also means there's a greater chance of each of these competitors accidentally (or deliberately) hurting each other in the ring, and that's exactly what happened during their Universal Championship match at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view. For Strowman, it does indeed come with the territory and it's all expected, as he suggested in a recent interview.
Speaking to U.K. publication the Daily Star, Strowman commented on the time when Lesnar had seemingly hit him with a stiff right hook to the face, in retaliation to a knee to the head from the Monster Among Men. While this was meant to be a worked spot, Strowman apparently hit the Beast a bit too hard, prompting him to hit the aforementioned stiff punch, and, as Pittsburgh Tribune-Review wrestling writer Justin LaBar noticed, profanely admonish Braun for the unintentionally painful move.
We’re not sure if Lesnar still has heat with Strowman after the exchange of stiff shots at the Royal Rumble, but it would appear that Strowman has no hard feelings over what happened that night. As Strowman matter-of-factly explained to the Daily Star, “stuff happens” when he and Lesnar are in the ring and “fighting for dominance” as two larger-than-life individuals and characters.
“It’s a contact sport – it’s not tennis,” said Strowman. “We’re not going out there to slap a ball around, we’re going out there to beat each other up. That’s what we did.”
In addition to his comments about his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to win the Universal Championship from Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble, Strowman also remarked about his unlikely partnership with Alexa Bliss in the Mixed Match Challenge. He talked about having a fun experience working alongside Bliss, and enjoying the fact that he showed a softer side to his character, one that doesn't show when he's flipping vehicles over and wreaking havoc on just about anyone he faces in the ring.
Once again, Braun Strowman has proven that he's one of WWE's most down-to-earth and likable performers while out of character. We don't know, however, if or when he'll get his rematch against Lesnar – he'll be fighting for the number one contendership at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, though anyone who's been paying attention to WWE rumors since last year should know that WWE is likely building to Roman Reigns vs. Lesnar at WrestleMania 34.
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