The thought of “absence making the guts develop fonder” actually applies in professional wrestling promotions like WWE.
However the “absence” a part of the equation additionally has a manner of therapeutic any harm finished to a Celebrity’s character, together with a reminder of “Oh, yeah, this man belongs in the primary occasion, keep in mind?” situations.
That is one hundred pc Braun Strowman, the attainable treatment to a lot of WWE’s woes.
Strowman made his practically predictable return to WWE the week after Conflict on the Fortress to an enormous response. He seemed nice, smashed up some tag groups and went on his manner.
However that enjoyable second should not be Strowman’s ceiling in terms of utilization in Triple H’s WWE. The schtick the place he ran via tag groups and did the little dash across the ring whereas shoulder-checking guys was positive—nevertheless it certain as heck wasn’t the good monster character who flipped automobiles and created carnage backstage in unforgettable spots.
Extra importantly, the latter is far more plausible as a title contender, and that is what WWE wants proper now: A man who could make the mid-card titles look superb earlier than getting thrown into the main-event scene.
It is the no-brainer of all no-brainers on this entrance. This new course for WWE with Triple H on the helm of artistic has already finished a implausible job of creating mid-card titles just like the U.S. and Intercontinental straps look simply as essential because the main-event scene. That is wildly vital at a time when each most important titles are on Roman Reigns, leaving a complete weekly broadcast with no high title.
Strowman’s the right method to take that up one other notch. Bobby Lashley is correct in the course of an outstanding run as U.S. Champ, so think about how nice a monstrous feud that includes him and Strowman could possibly be and the load it might add to that title scene.
And do not sleep on Strowman vs. Intercontinental champ Gunther, both. That could possibly be one of many extra vicious matches on the roster attainable, by no means thoughts refreshing contemplating Strowman has seemingly already confronted a lot of the roster previously.
That type of feud could be a two-birds-one-stone factor for WWE, too. The title itself will get massively elevated if finished nicely, plus Gunter, even in a possible loss, may nonetheless be offered to followers unfamiliar with him as a main-event menace of his personal if the matches are correctly aggressive.
Dealt with nicely (and the Triple H period to date has given us zero motive to assume it would not be), Strowman’s ascent from there may be nearly a free move for a lot of of WWE’s previous errors with the main-event scene.
As a result of, proper now, no one seems to be like a reputable menace to Reigns, because it stays clear the corporate desires him to face The Rock at WrestleMania 39 in California. WWE whiffed on giving Drew McIntyre his second in the UK at Conflict on the Fortress, in order that’s just about it so far as viable contenders go, and it is protected to presume Reigns would not be dropping to the Rock, which additional sophisticated issues.
However here is Strowman, who has bested Reigns in a number of alternative ways earlier than. He is additionally taken down every of the formerly-known-as Protect members earlier than and slugged it out with Lesnar, amongst different notables. His resume as a high contender is lengthy, by no means thoughts wanting the half.
WWE and Strowman must deal with it proper to make it occur. We’ll see how his mic work seems to be and if the moveset or model of matches will get stale too rapidly. However it’s not onerous to dream up a state of affairs through which he will get tremendous scorching, quick, not not like McIntyre did earlier than his pandemic-era reign.
Make no mistake, we’re an extended methods from seeing Strowman dethrone Reigns. However it might be a reasonably becoming, natural factor to occur given the storied historical past between the 2. There’s the Cody Rhodes issue within the background, however Strowman-Rhodes could be no much less spectacular over the long term. And, look, the WWE main-event scene really having choices as a substitute of simply bringing again Lesnar for the umpteenth time could be…refreshing.
And that is all it is actually about, proper? Refreshing developments that create intrigue. Strowman’s refreshed after a hiatus. He is obtained the power to refresh all title scenes mid-card and up, and if it tendencies the best manner, be an surprising, legit choice to rep the corporate from the highest of the mountain.
This is not one thing followers would have guessed even every week previous to Strowman’s reappearance, however that is a part of the enjoyable of professional wrestling. For now, a least, the probabilities for his match on this new-feel WWE appear limitless.