Braun Strowman talks about the resentment towards him from certain Superstars when he first started getting pushed in WWE.
Braun Strowman's ascent up the card in WWE over the past two years is pretty much unprecedented. He began life on the main roster as the unknown fourth member of the Wyatt Family and in the short time he has gone it alone, he's already become a genuine contender to be the next Universal Champion. What's even more impressive is the majority of the fans love him.
What makes Strowman's rise even more impressive is that before being signed by WWE, he didn't have a pro wrestling background, a rarity in the business today. Instead, Strowman competed in strongman contests and that's where he was spotted for WWE. He was approached by the company, invited to a trial, and then signed to a developmental contract at NXT.
It probably won't come as a surprise to hear that some Superstars within WWE held quite a lot of resentment towards Braun Strowman. For a non-wrestler to come in and shoot to the top in the way that he has done, it has to have rubbed a few more tenured performers the wrong way. Strowman opened up about that to Pro Wrestling Illustrated recently admitting he could tell "there was a little bit of animosity."
Strowman believes that even though he hadn't paid his dues inside a wrestling ring at the time, he had paid them via his time on the World's Strongest Man circuit. "I traveled around the world competing in strongman contests, paying my way to do all that on my own dime for years," The Monster Among Men told PWI. He has a point too. Just because he hasn't been working the independent circuit for ten to fifteen years doesn't mean he hasn't been doing everything he can to make it to where he is today. Strowman has merely taken a more unconventional route.
The rise of Braun Strowman is almost as amazing a sight to be seen as the man mountain himself. Fans who have been along for the whole, still relatively short ride, had the pretty unique opportunity of watching a pro wrestler be manufactured and grow in front of their very eyes. Strowman is exactly what WWE wants, a top guy created in-house that the fans can't get enough of.