Braun Strowman has shot to superstardom over the past year and a half like no one could have ever imagined. The Monster Among Men debuted as a silent member of the Wyatt Family, and then when the draft took place during the summer of 2016 he was separated from The Eater of Worlds and the rest of his faction. It turns out that was the best thing that could have happened to Strowman. At first, he just seemed like yet another big guy that Vince McMahon was determined to force upon us, but turns out he is so much more than that. Despite still being new to the world of pro wrestling Strowman has come a long way. His matches with the likes of the Big Show and Roman Reigns have made him a firm fan favorite, and also shown that he can go in the ring. It’s a shame that there are some big men we might never see Braun in the ring with, and here are five of them.
While Strowman and Batista aren’t two pro wrestlers that are often compared, there are some similarities between the two of them. Vince McMahon likely took one look at The Animal and decided that he absolutely had to make him part of his roster, regardless of wrestling ability. That will have also almost definitely been the case with Strowman too. Both men were introduced to the main roster as background figures to already established wrestlers, and once left to their own devices, they both pleasantly surprised everyone by showing that they c, in fact, act go in the ring. A physical battle between these two would most certainly have been a sight to behold.
4. Kevin Nash
During the mid-90s Kevin Nash enjoyed his first and only run as WWE Champion. It marked a change in the tide when it came to big men in the company. Crowds and viewership were down while Nash had the title and it took smaller stars such as Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels to turn that ship around. Nowadays, smaller performers are very common, but despite that change happening so long ago, big men in WWE are clearly still a favorite of McMahon’s. When a good one comes along, the fans will take to them too, as they have with Braun Strowman. Maybe if The Monster Among Men came along 25 years ago, he could have feuded with Nash and boosted those numbers.
3. Hulk Hogan
Despite the trajectory of his career taking a serious dip over the last few years, Hulk Hogan remains the biggest and most universally recognized star that the pro wrestling business has ever produced. The Hulkster put the business on the map during the 1980s, and the pinnacle of the decade for him came at WrestleMania III. Hogan had the daunting task of taking on and taking down Andre the Giant. Hogan famously slammed Andre in a moment that will never be forgotten. Perhaps if he were in his prime today he could have done the same to Braun Strowman and put him in his place also.
2. The Undertaker
Has The Undertaker retired or not? It has been over seven months since The Deadman was defeated by Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 33 after which he left his gear in the middle of the ring, yet we still don’t know whether he is gone for good. We do know that he will return for Raw’s 25th anniversary, but whether that will be in a wrestling capacity or not remains to be seen. If The Phenom does return to the ring, then it would be remiss of WWE not to have him face off against Braun Strowman. The two of them have shared a moment in the ring, as you can see above, but a WrestleMania match between the two of them would be monumental.
1. Andre The Giant
We’ve already touched upon Andre the Giant briefly in this article, covering the slam heard around the world performed on him by the immortal Hulk Hogan at WrestleMania III. Well, prior to that The Eighth Wonder of the World was unbeaten inside the squared circle for an incredible 15 years. Just imagine if during that time Andre had clashed with Braun Strowman at the peak of his career and the top of his game. The match could have been billed as the biggest of all time, literally. Who knows, maybe if that match could have taken place Andre’s course to WrestleMania III would have been altered and the landscape of WWE as we know it today would be completely different.
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