Braun Strowman is back in the main event picture on WWE Raw. Strowman and Drew McIntyre will challenge WWE Champion Babby Lashley in a triple threat match at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday, May 16. Strowman earned his spot in the match when he beat McIntyre on Raw last week although it wasn’t a clean win, but it was enough to get Braun a shot at the WWE Title. Strowman was interviewed by Sports Illustrated about his upcoming WWE Title match and plenty more. Here are some highlights.
Strowman talked about how he was very happy with this WrestleMania 37 Steel Cage Match with Shane McMahon:
“Let’s be real here. I’m a ground-based athlete, so that was unreal. You have to give mad credit to Shane. I could hear the crowd come alive when we were on top of the cage. Shane literally gave his body to me, trusting his life in my hands, and that rumble from the crowd gave me goosebumps. It was an honor to go out there with him.”
“Ripping through the cage, that was an important moment. We’re here to show something that’s never been before. That’s where you become a legend in this business, so I hope those moments live on. I was very happy with what we did, and I’ll remember those reactions from the crowd for a long time.”
Strowman went on to say that he liked the storyline with Shane because it showed that even a big guy like Braun can get bullied and that he’s not a dumb guy just because he’s bigger than most people.
Regarding the WWE Title match at WrestleMania Backlash, Strowman has a good idea for why people need to tune in for this match:
“Bobby is a specimen, Drew is a specimen and I am a specimen. This is King Kong meets Godzilla meets the Incredible Hulk, and we’ll see who is the top of the food chain. Bobby and Drew are so talented. The Last Man Standing match I had with Bobby [at Extreme Rules in 2019] is my favorite match of all time and they pull out a different side of me. There is nowhere else you’ll see three guys go at it like this.”
“It’s going to be hard-hitting and it’s going to get physical. This isn’t going to be a superkick party. We’re going to beat the hell out of each other.”
Strowman looks as healthy as ever at 349 pounds right now after getting up to nearly 400 pounds at his peak and he talked about how he has been focused on taking care of his body.
“I needed to make some changes in my life, and since I was given some extra time at home because of the pandemic, I wanted to do something positive with it. I worked with a nutritionist, I worked with a new trainer, and I revamped the way I ate and what I do at the gym. It’s a whole new lifestyle. It’s been really cool for my mentality, and the feedback from people around the world has been so inspiring. I’ve had mothers message me that they’ve changed the way they cook for their kids. Someone messaged me saying he lost 200 pounds after seeing my transformation. That’s very humbling. It’s been a learning process for me, and I am really enjoying the experience.”
There are more comments from Strowman about the Shane feud, his weight and more at Sports Illustrated right here.
Speaking of Strowman, he actually set a record on Raw last week.
You requested it, we researched it.
After reviewing nearly 1,000 records, our data shows that this Monday on #WWERaw, @BraunStrowman became the 1st Superstar in the history of @WWE/#WCW/#ECW to compete in televised Singles, Tag Team AND Handicap Matches – all in the same night.
— Wrestling Stats & Info (@WWEStats) April 28, 2021
That’s all for now. I’ll be back for a WWE Raw review later tonight.