Braun Strowman Released by WWE in Latest Batch of Layoffs

by Evan Reier

“Braun Strowman released by the WWE” is not a statement many fans expected to see in 2021, but it is now reality for the world of wrestling.

Since the spring of 2020, the sports entertainment brand has released a ton of talent from the in-ring and out-of-ring sides of the business. Being unable to tour is a huge reason, but it’s also the WWE figuring out the right size of its rosters as the business constantly changes.

Those releases are sometimes shocking. However, the news that Braun Strowman is no longer a roster member, made official by WWE on Wednesday, June 2, is especially crazy.

The brand dropped a press release Wednesday morning, and one that was fairly cut and dry.

“WWE has come to terms on the releases of Braun Strowman,” the release reads. “Aleister Black, Lana, Murphy, Ruby Riott and Santana Garrett.

“WWE wishes them the best in all of their future endeavors.”

Leader Vince McMahon and the WWE are known for being fairly curt with their releases. But Strowman as well as the other members released have been prevalent over the past few years, so it does come off a bit cold.

Braun Strowman Released Less Than Year After Being Champ

Adam Scherr has been billed as Braun Strowman on the WWE since 2015. After spending time in the Wyatt Family and making a name for himself, he began to prosper as a singles wrestler.

Standing at 6’8″ and 385 pounds, Strowman was one of the biggest guys on the roster. In terms of presenting him to an audience, it isn’t difficult. Besides looking like a beast, Strowman and WWE also developed the character over the years. While a brute in every sense of the word, the brand opened up comedic and romantic storylines for Strowman.

However, it was still his in-ring performance that drove his climb. Able to believably hold his own against the like of Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns, Strowman was quickly viewed as a title contender.

That eventually translated to a variety of title shots. Eventually, after Reigns had to pull out of WrestleMania 36 in 2020, Strowman replaced him. The 37-year-old beat Goldberg for the Universal Title, his first world championship in the WWE.

At Summerslam later that year, Strowman would drop the belt to former compatriot Bray Wyatt. And it’s not like the wrestler was out of the title picture after that.

In fact, just weeks ago, Strowman wrestled in a match with Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre for the WWE Championship. Lashley retained, but the point remains that Strowman was in the title picture literal days ago.

Now, the “Braun Strowman released” headlines flood the internet. It remains to be seen what comes next for the big man.