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During 2020 and 2021, WWE let go of over 200 talent signed to the company, including several major stars. One of the most shocking, however, was former Universal Champion Braun Strowman, who was positioned at the time of his release as a top star within the company. However, like many former WWE stars, the resignation of Vince McMahon and ascension of Paul “Triple H” Levesque led to Strowman making his shocking return to the company at the beginning of September, causing destruction and chaos in the process. The former world champion spoke about his release as a guest on “WWE After the Bell with Corey Graves.”

“It was a really hard pill to swallow, probably one of the biggest pills I’ve ever had to swallow in life, but a reality check,” Strowman said. “It was disheartening, to say the least, stepping up at the beginning of the pandemic when other people couldn’t come to work, people didn’t come to work, not knowing what’s going on in the world and strapping this company on my back and going out there week in and week out, doing everything in my power to get the quality product out so I could take the peoples minds off the stuff that was going on.”

“I have no hard feelings, business is business,” Strowman continued, but noted that he “had this feeling of, well, I was just a stray dog, and all of a sudden I was kicked off the porch.”

“All those doubts start to play into yourself because it’s a cold call out of nowhere,” Strowman continued. “I was literally making breakfast at 9:00 am and got the phone call like, ‘Hey, sorry, we have bad news. Due to budget cuts, we’re initiating your 90 days and then your contract is going to be terminated.’ I was just speechless, I think I said ‘Thank you’ and hung up the phone.

“I was just like literally, what the fuck? Yeah, it definitely sent me to a bad place for a bit, but I definitely know that everything in life happens for a reason, everything is a test and I’m a firm believer in God never puts more on your back than you can handle without you breaking, and he just tests my strength once again. Did I falter at times and want to give up? Absolutely, I’d be a liar if I said I didn’t.”

The Monster Among Men didn’t appear anywhere outside of WWE during his one-year absence, though he was instrumental in creating the Control Your Narrative promotion alongside his friend, EC3, though CYN’s feature remains uncertain now that Strowman is back in WWE.

Braun Strowman returned to WWE on Monday night, 15 months after he was released. The Monster Among Men walked out during a four-way tag team #1 contender’s match and proceeded to attack everyone involved. He laid out Chad Gable and Los Lotharios quickly, put Otis through a barricade, and power-slammed Angelo Dawkins through the announce desk before they cut to a commercial.

Later, Braun told a cameraman that no one was safe from him and that he was headed to SmackDown, presumably to interrupt another match and beat up more of their roster.

Strowman was released by WWE in June 2021, which was less than a year after he reigned as WWE Universal Champion, and just two months after facing Shane McMahon at WrestleMania 37. Since then, Strowman had only wrestled a handful of times, most often for startup Control Your Narrative.

During his initial run with WWE, Braun built a following for his ridiculous feats of strength and initial rivalry with Roman Reigns. But WWE refused to pull the trigger on him numerous times in facing Reigns and Brock Lesnar, resulting in the character losing a lot of steam. By the time he won the Universal title at WrestleMania 36 against Goldberg, he had cooled off considerably.

It’ll be interesting to see if WWE is going to try to reheat him entirely, or if they’re positioning him to be a fall challenger for Reigns.

Triple H wants to control Braun Strowman’s narrative again someday. The head of creative and talent relations for WWE spoke with BT Sport’s Ariel Helwani, and when asked about the possibility of bringing back Braun Strowman, Triple H simply said, “we’ll see.”  Triple H confirms that he’s had conversations with Strowman since Strowman’s release from the company last year. “He’s funny because he’s a like polarizing guy in the business sometimes, but for a guy his size, and what he brings to the table, he’s an amazing athlete,” Triple H gushed. “You don’t see too many guys that big, that fast, that have big personalities.” 

Triple H recalled the first time he met the former WWE Universal Champion. “He came to the PC for a visit. He’d never done this before. He’s a strongman, he weighed like 434 pounds or something like that. I just remember being like ‘Jesus, this guy is huge,’ but I didn’t really care.” Triple H says that he then spoke with Strowman for “about 15 minutes” and saw that the big man was built for professional wrestling. “He’s got this big booming voice and this big personality, and he’s laughing,” Triple H continued, “and I was like ‘this guy is larger than life,’ and the guy that was running development with me came to me and was like ‘I don’t know. A lot of mileage, a lot of issues there.’ I was like ‘Dude, he’s custom made for what we do. His size, his personality, let’s give him a shot.'”

Triple H says he still feels that way about the Control Your Narrative star, saying that if Strowman wants to keep wrestling, a guy like him should be doing it at the highest level. “I would like nothing more than to give him another shot.”

Braun Strowman will be returning to WWE imminently, reports PWInsider’s Mike Johnson.

The former Universal Champion will be in Kansas City, Missouri for next week’s episode of Raw. When he comes back, he will be doing so for the first time since June 2021, when he was released as one of WWE’s many pandemic-related “budget cuts.”

Fightful Select reported recently that Strowman was amongst the names WWE had discussed for a potential comeback. “People of influence” within the promotion refused to confirm or deny the speculation at the time, leaving a question mark hanging over Braun’s future. Now, the 38-year-old’s WWE return is all but confirmed.

Strowman has worked only a handful of matches under his real name, Adam Scherr, since leaving WWE last year. He has been best known for his affiliation with the EC3-helmed Control Your Narrative project over the past year, though this appeared to have ground to a halt before re-emerging in the NWA last week.

Braun was Universal Champion between March and August 2020, eventually dropping the strap to Bray Wyatt’s Fiend character. His last ever bout for the promotion was a WWE Championship shot against Drew McIntyre and champion Bobby Lashley at WrestleMania Backlash 2021.

Former WWE star Adam Scherr (fka Braun Strowman) has launched his new Diskuss mental health app.

Scherr spoke with Lance Allan of the NBC affiliate in Milwaukee, and talked about the launch of the Diskuss app. Diskuss connects users with licensed certified therapists, counselors and life coaches, 24 hours a day.

“We just launched an app called Diskuss,” Scherr said. “It’s a mental health app that gives you licensed certified professional therapists, counselors, life coaches in the palm of your hand, 24 hours a day via audio, video, text messaging services. It’s fully encrypted so all your information (is) safe. But, it gives you the capabilities and the comfort of doing it in your own home.

“If people would like to speak with someone, we’re offering a free 24 hour text messaging session by using promo code ‘let’s diskuss.’ So ‘let’s diskuss’ will give you a free opportunity to try the app out for 24 hours via the text messaging service for anybody that would like to try it if they need to reach out and talk to somebody.”

Scherr talked about his own experience with mental health issues, and how he dealt with bullying over his weight and a reading disability.

“You see this image that I portray in real life, this outer shell, but I’m an onion,” Scherr said. “I got layers. Everybody. Everybody has layers. I went through a lot of bullying when I was a kid because I was a fat little kid. A little husky kid. (I) didn’t understand why and then (I) had a reading disability when I was younger, so that was another thing.

“We didn’t have a lot of money growing up. My family, we just didn’t. So I would wear different clothes and oh, you’re poor and getting picked on. That’s stuff I think everyone has to deal with. The unfortunate thing is, bullying is never going to go away.”

Scherr said he finds motivation in people telling him he can’t do something. He recalled how a high school teacher warned him he’d never amount to anything, so he sent that teacher a signed action figure when Mattel released his first WWE figure.

“I had teachers that told me I was never going to amount to anything when I was in high school,” Scherr recalled. “My very first action figure I got I signed and said to that teacher, thank you for everything.

“So I had things like that and people, and that was, that’s still one of the things to this day that pushes me and drives me, is telling me that I can’t do something. Like, oh, da, da, da. There’s limitations of whatever. I don’t even care if it’s getting in a little car, like alright, I’ll prove you wrong.”

Using “Titan” as his ring name, Scherr is currently a free agent working the indies after being signed to WWE from early 2013 until he was released on June 2 of last year. He noted how experiences in public and on the internet, while he was with WWE, led to social anxiety.

“There’s been times even with my career when I was with WWE when things weren’t going well and I started getting in my own head, because you’re constantly being verbal badgered by the internet and social media,” Scherr said. “You’re being attacked every way you go. You go out to eat dinner and people are hounding you when you’re out here, and I started to develop social anxiety because of it.”

After joining up with AEW earlier this month, Mark Henry spoke with TMZ Sports about some other wrestlers who he’d like to sign with the company. Two high up on his list — Braun Strowman and W. Morrissey (fka Big Cass).

Strowman was among WWE’s budgetary cuts earlier this month and Henry said he’s looking forward to AEW talking with him in the near future.

“[He’s] super high on my list,” Henry responded about Braun. “It’s not an all Mark Henry decision, but there’s already interest on both sides. So, hopefully by the time he’s allowed to wrestle in August — I think the middle of August — we can have a serious conversation about contractual things. But right now there’s interest on both sides.”

As noted, Strowman is currently asking for $20,000-$25,000, plus first class airfare, a two-night hotel stay, all meals and ground transportation covered for each appearance.

Henry also mentioned wanting W. Morrissey to come to All Elite Wrestling, but he’s currently under contract with Impact Wrestling.

“Big Cass, too!” Henry continued. “I love that dude, but I don’t want to talk to people when they have contracts with people. I don’t think that’s fair.”

Morrissey commented last month that his contract with Impact is not long-term. He defeated Rich Swann on last night’s Impact Against All Odds.

Former WWE Superstar Braun Strowman took to Twitter this afternoon to dismiss a recent report on his asking price for the indies.

It was reported earlier this week that indie promoters reaching out to Strowman about potential bookings are reporting that his asking price is currently in the five figure range. Strowman addressed the report today and said he has not talked to anyone about bookings.

“Let me just get this FYI out. I have not spoken to anyone about bookings. But if you wanna talk business the email to my agent is in my bio. Thank for any confusion you may be reading online,” he wrote.

Braun is taking business inquiries via his agent at nantonicelli@16wmarketing.com. For what it’s worth, the original report did say that the indie promoters reached out to Strowman, not his agent.

It’s been reported that Strowman is pretty set financially, and doesn’t need to immediately start booking indie appearances as he made a good living while with WWE, and has managed his money well. However, the recent report did say that if a promoter comes along and meets the right price, Strowman would be interested.

The Monster Among Men was released back on June 2, and is reportedly under a standard 90-day non-compete clause with WWE, which would expire on Tuesday, August 31.

Erick Rowan [aka Erick Redbeard] has advised Braun Strowman to “get back on the horse” and move on with his career following his recent WWE release.

In a recent interview with SK Wrestling, Rowan said he could relate to his former Wyatt Family stablemate as he was in a similar position a year ago after signing a lucrative WWE contract.

“You know, a year ago, I was in the same position,” Rowan said. “That’s what you get when you sign that big-money contract. It’s not guaranteed money, man! [laughs]. Nothing in this world is guaranteed. Just get back on, just get back on the horse and keep moving on, man.”

As reported earlier, Strowman signed “monster deal” in 2019 that was worth more than $1 million per year. The Monster Among Men was signed well into 2023 under that deal.

Strowman was one of six WWE Superstars released last week due to budget cuts.

Meanwhile, Rowan took to Twitter last week to hint that he has signed with a promotion. As seen below, Rowan uploaded a video clip that ends with the text: “Redbeard Is Coming.”

Last December, Rowan appeared during the Brodie Lee Celebration of Life edition of AEW Dynamite. It was a one-off deal and he didn’t sign a contract with AEW.

Impact Wrestling’s Matt Cardona sat down with Busted Open Radio today and had some advice for some recent WWE releases. Cardona, who was let go from WWE a year ago and saw his fiancée, Chelsea Green, released in April, said the release could work out for all involved, if they’re willing to put in the hustle.

“I tweeted this the other day or something similar, even last month when Chelsea and everybody else got released,” Cardona said. “This can be the best thing for you, if you do the work. If you, you know, bet on yourself and take a chance on yourself and hustle. But if you just think all these promoters are going to book you and you’re going to get all these pay days, that’s probably not going to happen.

“Maybe if you’re Braun Strowman, but for everybody else you’re going to have to work for it and hustle and make a name for yourself again. And make your own merch and, whether it be a side project like a podcast or something, you’ve got to make it for yourself. Because nobody’s going to hand it to you. That I love. I love being in control of my own destiny. Whether I succeed or fail, I just want the opportunity to do that.”

Another thing Cardona stressed as important was selling merchandise. He revealed that he is responsible for shipping his own merchandise from his kitchen.

“It’s extremely important,” Cardona said of creating buzz via merchandise. “If you don’t know how to create your own buzz or create your own merch? You need merchandise. And guess what? You’re going to have to learn to pack it up. I have this whole shipment statement in my kitchen that my fiancée hates. I pack up everything, I have the label maker, I have the post office coming every morning to pick stuff up. That’s what I do.

“That’s part of my, I hate using the word brand, but okay. I need to sell merch. That’s how I feed myself, and live and pay my bills. I’m not getting this check every week in the mail. If I want money, I have to go out and earn it. So you have to hustle and you have to get it, whether it be wrestling or starting your podcast and making your own podcast or doing whatever your passion is. You need to do that and start knocking down those doors.”

Co-host Bully Ray later asked Cardona what he’d like to see change in the wrestling business today. Bringing up his past in WWE, Cardona mentioned how he’d like to see promos become less scripted for talent.

“When I left WWE, and listen I love WWE,” Cardona said. “I’m so grateful for everything I ever got there. I wouldn’t be talking to you right now if it wasn’t for WWE. But I think just the, you’ve heard it a million times, the scripted promos. It really just needs to go. You need to let these guys find themselves. You really do. When I went to AEW and Impact, at first I was like ‘wait, I can just kind of say what I want?’ I’m not going to go out there and embarrass the company and embarrass myself. But I know the point I want to get across.

“They give you a bullet point and go ‘okay, this is the message, this is the general message now say it your own way.’ I feel it should be that way. You need to trust the performer that they’re not going to go out and embarrass you on live TV. I get that. But like, let people get over. Like Stone Cold Steve Austin, drinking the beer, flipping people off, like that was the craziest thing. That was awesome in 97, 98. No one can go out and just start flipping off the crowd now, unless it was in the script. It’s like ‘come on, let the guys be themselves and see what happens.’ There’s so many talented guys, not just in WWE but everywhere. And they just need to take risks. Not everything’s going to work, but that’s how you find yourself.”

WWE SmackDown Superstar King Baron Corbin was not a part of the list of WWE Superstars who were released on Wednesday. However, a fan on Twitter believes Corbin should have been fired instead of Braun Strowman.

Corbin noticed the tweet and called out the fan for wishing to see someone lose their job.

He wrote:

I’ll never understand this. What is wrong with you wanting someone else to be fired? Nobody should ever want some one to lose their job and livelihood.

Besides Strowman, WWE released the likes of Aleister Black, Lana, Buddy Murphy, Ruby Riott, and Santana Garrett.