5 Big WrestleMania opponents for Braun Strowman
There are times when we know the WrestleMania match card six months in advance, and then there are other years we don’t know what direction WWE’s storylines will take a month or two before the event.
It’s fair to say that WrestleMania 34, with the exception of the inevitable Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns main event, is one of those years where we still have no idea who’s going to be facing who.
One person who certainly deserves a big match at the show is Braun Strowman, whose WrestleMania history since he joined the main roster in 2015 hasn’t been the best.
Granted, he was involved in a brief segment with The Rock at WrestleMania 32, but it was a significant step down from a rumoured match with The Undertaker, and at WrestleMania 33 he was only on the kickoff show in the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.
In this article, we take a look at five possible opponents that “The Monster Among Men” can face in New Orleans next year.
#1. Triple H
The poor souls who bore witness to the Survivor Series main event will probably have thought the finale, where Braun Strowman attacked Triple H for double-crossing him, was going to lead to a match between the two at WrestleMania.
That would certainly make sense. After all, “The Game” has put over babyfaces at three of the last four WrestleManias – Daniel Bryan, Roman Reigns and Seth Rollins – and a win for Strowman would go a long way to further cementing him as a major star of the present and future.
However, the way the storyline has since panned out on Raw, it looks more likely that the battle for control between Kurt Angle and Stephanie McMahon will be the major storyline in the upcoming months.
If that is the case, expect to see Angle vs. HHH at “The Show of Shows”. If not, then having Strowman take on his former NXT boss wouldn’t be the worst idea.
Okay, so this is an outside bet and one that hasn’t been speculated, but wouldn’t a Braun Strowman vs. Goldberg match at WrestleMania 34 just be perfect?
For all Strowman’s positive moments since he became a singles star after the 2016 brand split, he’s won just two one-on-one matches on PPV, both against Roman Reigns, and his only other ‘statement’ victories have come against Big Show on Raw.
Goldberg hasn’t been seen in a WWE ring since the night after WrestleMania 33 when he spoke candidly about his six months with the company, and he ended his promo with the ominous words “never say never”.
If that wasn’t a hint that he’ll be back in the squared circle again one day, we don’t know what is. Braun doesn’t need 10-15 minutes per match to show off his technical abilities, nor does Goldberg. It may not happen but if the former Universal champion does return at WrestleMania, then Strowman is the man he should face.
#3. Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner
If Braun Strowman is involved in the Andre The Giant Battle Royal for the second year in a row, it’ll be a massive wasted opportunity.
He was joint-favourite with Big Show to win the match on the WrestleMania 33 kickoff show but was eliminated after just a few minutes, with Mojo Rawley the eventual winner.
Despite Strowman’s heavy push in 2017, you just wouldn’t put it past WWE to base the Battle Royal around him again at WrestleMania 34 – but only if it’s on the main show and if it feels like a big deal.
Anything other than a singles match would probably be considered a disappointment, but an over-the-top battle involving behemoths like Big Show, Kane, Killian Dain and Lars Sullivan might be enough to satisfy Braun fans if he wins the whole thing.
#4. Samoa Joe
Of all the major feuds that haven’t yet happened between faces and heels on the Raw roster, Braun Strowman vs. Samoa Joe is the one that probably catches the eye the most.
You could have argued in the build to the SummerSlam main event both men were involved in that Joe was more of a face than Braun and Braun was more of a heel than Joe, but that’s no longer the case.
Since returning from injury, “The Samoan Submission Machine” has dismissed any favourable chants from the WWE Universe and destroyed babyfaces Apollo Crews and Finn Balor on Raw.
If Joe continues this wrath of destruction, he’s bound to run into “The Monster Among Men” somewhere down the line, and a blockbuster WrestleMania match between these two surely wouldn’t disappoint.
#5. Big Show
If WWE decides to reintroduce the Slammys in 2017, then Braun Strowman will surely be shortlisted twice for Rivalry of the Year: once for his feud with Roman Reigns and again for his feud with Big Show.
Not many people would have expected it in February when we saw Strowman and Show square off in their first of three meetings on Raw this year, but the surprisingly entertaining battle of the big men has been one of the best on-off feuds of 2017.
“The World’s Largest Athlete” is slowing down his in-ring career and recently underwent successful surgery on his right hip after his last meeting with Strowman, which resulted in him being launched through a steel cage.
We’ve seen this match a few times already, of course, but if WWE decides to give Show one last big moment to bring an end to his 23 years in the business, then a featured WrestleMania match with “The Monster Among Men” would be a fitting way to say goodbye.