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WWE: The Battle to Turn Braun Strowman Heel and Make It Work



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Braun Strowman’s recent heel turn on WWE Monday Night Raw was one of the most unexpected moments fans have seen in quite some time. The Monster Among Men has been chasing the red brand’s top championship nearly as long as Roman Reigns has but many believed that it was only a matter of time until Braun Strowman finally captured the gold.

But now that Braun is once again an antagonist, it seems that he is no closer to becoming Universal champion than he ever was before. So fans are surely struggling to understand why this change was made and where WWE goes from here. But even though it’s difficult to accept, the facf is that Braun is now a heel and WWE must find a way to make it work.

Strowman is a likable guy, which is going to make it tough for anyone to hate him. The super-heavyweight from North Carolina is really just a country boy at heart and outside of the ring, he appears to be a normal guy. 

Fans can relate to him, which means he’s easier to connect with. He may look like a larger-than-life character but that is purely for business. His rise in popularity was directly related to his rise in the company because the more he did, the more fans cheered him on for doing it.

But Braun Strowman is not some mindless big man. He’s smart, he’s talented and he gets it. He knows how the game is played. He’s come along faster than anyone likely dreamed possible and now he’s rubbing elbows with the elite of WWE. What’s not to like about him?

However Braun is not going to be that big lovable powerhouse anymore. He may not go back to performing his freakish feats of strength like he did before turning babyface but he will likely continue to throw his weight around. Of course now he has to do it against fan favorites that the crowd typically loves to cheer for. 

Gone are the days when Braun stared a Superstar in the eye and fought him like a man. This Braun Strowman will take what he wants when he wants and he will do whatever it takes to get it. This time, Strowman is probably not going to be the fearless machine that mowed over everyone standing in his way. This is the thinking man’s Braun Strowman, which makes him more dangerous than ever.

Strowman will indeed have to change now. If he were to continue doing exactly what he did before turning on Roman, then fans would have no reason to boo him. WWE wants the audience to forget how much they love Braun and then somehow learn to love Reigns. The latter is likely not going to happen but the former just might.

The turn will take time of course. This cannot be an overnight transition. Braun Strowman is not turning on the fans and betraying an entire wrestling company the way Hulk Hogan did when he joined the nWo. This situation is a little more nuanced which means Braun must approach it from a different angle. 

Strowman must find a way to lose every redeeming quality that made him a popular Superstar before. Somehow, Braun must rediscover his ferocity and animalistic tendencies yet temper them with the intelligence of a man that knows when and how to strike. Anything less and WWE fans will have no reason to hate him. 

But this is where The Shield comes in. Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose are two of the most popular Superstars in Vince McMahon’s company. Separately they’re two of the top talents in WWE but together, they’re two top talents that cannot be stopped. Fans may still like Braun but when the moment comes to decide who is more popular, Rollins and Ambrose will likely win the day.

All Strowman has to do is blindside the two men and when he does, the crowd will turn on him. Braun may be fun to watch but Seth and Dean are fun from start to finish. They have a stronger bond with the crowd and anyone that touches them is surely going to hear the boos from the audience. 

But the Roman Reigns problem is a problem indeed. Unlike Rollins and Ambrose, Reigns will probably not be cheered against Braun Strowman. At this point, there are very few WWE Superstars that could baby out The Big Dog. This means that WWE should be prepared for the opposite crowd reaction when Reigns and Strowman face off at Hell in a Cell on September 16.

Of course the company is surely ready for that. Why wouldn’t they be? Everyone knows that Roman continues to struggle for total acceptance and that will definitely be the case at HIAC. Braun may be a heel once again but he has yet to wreak havoc throughout Monday Night Raw. Right now Strowman’s fans surely still love him. But even if they didn’t, it may not be enough to completely turn on him and side with Roman.

The fact is that this is not going to be an easy rivalry in terms of fan reaction. Roman is the protagonist but he will hear the boos from fans. Strowman is the antagonist yet he will hear the cheers with every move he makes. Fans will hijack this feud the way they hijack nearly every feud that Reigns has ever worked. So why continue down this road?

Why not stop now and redeliver Braun as a desperate man that made a mistake by siding with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre? Very few fans are likely to hate Braun for his actions on Raw. So considering this heel turn seems to be too much to believe, maybe the company should just change gears and try something else.

But the problem here is that there is nothing else. WWE turned Braun Strowman heel because there is no viable top heel on Monday Night Raw. Roman Reigns is the top guy and the top babyface but he had no one to match him on the other side. Now he has. Braun is the perfect opponent for him and fans know that. A move had to be made to balance the power on Raw. What else could WWE do but turn Strowman heel?

The timing may be off and it’s not what many fans want but it’s happening all the same. Just how much more WWE can do with Braun as the unstoppable monster this time out is unknown. But if Strowman is going to continue to work at the main event level on Raw, then he must have an open door to the top. Roman Reigns is that open door. 

Braun may or may not be the next Universal champion but at least he’s riding high on the roster. Braun Strowman is now in a position to help carry the red brand from this point on. He’s no longer an afterthought and he’s no longer playing catch-up with anyone. This is Braun’s best chance to shine on Raw. There’s no doubt that he is certainly capable of doing just that.

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AJ’s Thoughts: Five Potential Returns

With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?



With Trips in charge and already starting to bring back some people that didn’t work in Vince’s picture, AJ got an idea. Who else could we see on the horizon radar?

With everything going on with WWE, the one thing we have all been hyped about are all of these returns. Dakota Kai made her return at SummerSlam alongside Io and Bayley and now on last SmackDown, Karrion Kross and Scarlett made their returns in a big way against Drew McIntyre and showed the Hourglass to The Bloodline.

With all of that, there have been things in the pipeline saying Triple H’s foot isn’t off the pedal so these are 5 returns from either NXT, main roster or even Try-Outs that I would love to see happen with the new regime.

1. Johnny Gargano

Now this is a name that people have been saying, “Maybe Impact or MLW” but, what about a return? Gargano didn’t renew his contract, most likely to be with his family which is a valid and amazing reason, will never disrespect that. If he were to return, there would be a handful of great reasons. Maybe a singles run with the Intercontinental or United States but with Ciampa getting limelight in the main roster from RAW, what if we get a tag team reunion?

WWE is hurting for Tag Teams and what better than to scare off The Bloodline, loosen  the stranglehold of championships with some Do It Yourself action. DIY reunion could be amazing, especially with newer faces showing up to get championship aspirations like Kross and Ciampa. Want to break the hierarchy? Do It Yourself.

2. James Storm

This one is a little bit weird and off. On one hand, who doesn’t love the Tennessee Cowboy, Jimmy James Storm? On the other, he is 45 and getting some nagging injuries as of late. So why would I say Triple H should bring James Storm back and give him something for the main roster? One of the things I said for Gargano, we have a lack of something and The Usos might need to watch two things in the rearview.

Watch your Money and your Alcohol.

Beer Money showing up in WWE would be amazing in my personal opinion. The Bloodline jump Roode, someone in a hoodie or jacket comes up and jumps them to even the fight and as soon as one Uso remained in the ring, the figure goes down and the old stomping goes off and we hear “BEER…” and Roode looks around and gets hyped up and shouts, “…MONEY!”

3. Big Cass

Since his departure from WWE, he has done something I have said since they split him off from Enzo. Take him through the Kevin Nash School of How To Big Man. ROH and Impact are great examples that he actually cleaned up and worked on what he has to do to be good in the ring. He can work the microphone, he can work the ring so we got a new big boy to take on the WWE once again.

Now I could have said Enzo and Cass to rejoin but, I’m sure the antics of Enzo will get Cass in deep water along with the fact that I already made two tag team predictions, we don’t need another. Cass brings a lot to the table and was kind of unproven in WWE because he was just the big enforcer to the more charismatic Enzo. Give this man about six months in the ring and you have your next MASSIVE problem in the IC or US Championship scene or even more.

4. Bronson Reed

The big man from down under is a former NXT North American Champion. He looked to have a good push going with that championship but he got release. If you wonder where he went… he actually made a pit stop in Impact Wrestling as JONAH with the most fire theme song in recent history I swear… I will link the theme song and Trips… please. Get rights to this theme song. I will be a bigger Bronson Reed fan.

Bronson to me is the weird man in all of this but, I think with Triple H involved, he could get something going for him with a good singles champion run or a big threat to go through like a gatekeeper of sorts. Big boy with a great amount of athleticism? Can’t really hate on that considering the last time we saw athletic bigger people were Keith Lee and… what was that one guy? Sherman Tank with a Ferrari Engine…?

5. Bray Wyatt

And the last one is the obvious one in all of this. Yes… we have Judgment Day as the somewhat supernatural dark group but we know the true successor of the supernatural and that is “The Eater of Worlds”, “The Fiend” Bray Wyatt. This time around, I don’t think we will get the Jekyl and Hyde, Mister Rogers gimmick. I believe this time around we get full darkness and mayhem. We get the darkness and the theory of reverting back to your prime.

To make a refresher… Miz went back to being the cocky narcissist after fighting The Fiend. Finn turned back to the Prince and much more. With guys like Edge returning, maybe we see the return of the Heel Ultimate Opportunist, maybe a Fiend fight with AJ Styles to get the TN-AJ perhaps. Possibilities are endless and with a great mind like Wyatt for character and execution, I think Hunter will pick up the phone and Let Him In.

– There are clearly others that I could say, or maybe even didn’t think about, but hey, that’s the Chairshot way of Always Using Your Head. Those are just five returns that could happen and hopefully you read this before RAW or SmackDown and who knows if I get any of these right, maybe I missed an obvious one or maybe we get a giant signing that nobody thought possible. Let me and all of Chairshot know!

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King’s Greatest Hits Of Jeff Hardy

As he battles his demons, Chris King looks at some more positive moments in Jeff Hardy’s career!



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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the disturbing news that former WWE superstar and recent AEW signee Jeff Hardy, was arrested again for multiple charges including a DUI.  Hardy has had a hard and tragic road of recovery throughout the years in multiple wrestling promotions.

Not too long ago, Hardy walked out on WWE after they were rumored to have offered the former world champion to go to treatment for his substance abuse issues. Hardy refused and said that he was better but, as we saw the demons are still lurking and got the best of him again.

I have seen some nasty comments and even some distasteful memes about the AEW superstar and felt compelled to go against the grain. Instead of kicking a man when he’s down, I’m going to put together a greatest hits for the “Charismatic Enigma.”

Jeff Hardy & The TLC Match

Everyone can say that Shawn Michaels and Razor Ramon helped innovate the iconic ladder match and you are right, but Jeff Hardy and his death-defying stunts changed the concept of the match forever. The Hardy Boyz vs. The Dudley Boyz vs. Edge & Christian and their iconic TLC match should have their wing in the Hall of Fame. The risks all six superstars took for the adoration of the crowd could have ended all of their illustrious careers. In the words of Vince McMahon, It’s such good shit!

Jeff Hardy Earns The Undertaker’s Respect

On the July 1st, 2002 episode of Monday Night Raw, Hardy delivered the performance of a lifetime nearly winning the WWE Undisputed Championship from The Undertaker in an incredible ladder match. The young up-and-comer was faced with his greatest task yet, challenging for the most prestigious title in sports entertainment. Hardy showed that without a shadow of a doubt he deserved to be in the main event scene, but came within minutes of defeating Taker. At the time of the match, Hardy was still finding his footing as a singles competitor and earned the respect of the champion and legend.

Swanton Bomb From The Heavens

When I think of the daredevil Jeff Hardy, I can’t help but think of this one crazy-as-hell stunt. At WWE One Night Stand 2008, Hardy faced off against the juggernaut Umaga in a falls count anywhere match. This match was so insane as both superstars fought into the parking lot. Hardy is one of the craziest and bravest superstars, hit a Swanton Bomb off a damn stage truck onto Umaga. It’s one of the wildest things you’ll ever see.

Hardy Wins The WWE Championship 

In 2008, Hardy finally made his way to the main event title picture alongside partner Triple H. HHH was Hardy’s mentor in some sort of way which led to the daredevil achieving his lifelong dream of becoming WWE champion. At the 2008 Armageddon pay-per-view, Hardy would face HHH and longtime rival Edge in a triple-threat match for the title. In what was a great match between all three superstars, Hardy delivered a Swanton Bomb to Edge to win the illustrious championship.

Straight Edge Problems For Hardy

The following year, Hardy found himself in the way of young-up-and-comer CM Punk who is looking to make an example out of him. Punk had won the Money in the Bank briefcase for the second year in a row and took advantage of Hardy to win the world title. What started as mutual respect between both superstars changed drastically, when Punk started throwing jabs at Hardy for his drug and substance abuse real-life issues. Punk would form his infamous stable known as the Straight Edge Society. This is a very underrated feud and you should go back and watch it in its entirety. The promos are gold.

The Hardy Boyz Return To WWE

Both Matt and Jeff Hardy found success in multiple other wrestling promotions including Ring of Honor, and TNA during their time away from WWE. Both brothers were struggling with their vices and made poor life choices but straightened up their act over the years. In 2017, the Hardy Boyz would face longtime rivals The Young Bucks in ROH. The following night the adored tag team would make their incredible return to WWE at WrestleMania 33. Matt and Jeff would be named the final team in the Fatal 4-way ladder match for the Raw Tag Team Championships. The pop these two received was insane and very much deserved. They would go on to win the match and win the titles to capitalize on their momentum.

Jeffery Nero Hardy Makes AEW Debut

From 2017-to 2022 Jeff Hardy would find himself pigeonholed in the mid-card title picture. He would have feuds with a plethora of superstars including Samoa Joe, and Randy Orton. Orton and Hardy had a nasty Hell in a Cell match back in 2018. Earlier this year, Hardy was seen running around after the 24/7 Championship, which was disappointing to see. After being genuinely unhappy in WWE, Hardy would make his AEW debut on the March 9th episode of AEW Dynamite. Hardy would come to the aid of his brother and longtime partner.

This week news broke that Hardy had been arrested for multiple charges including a DUI. While it’s easy to beat a man while he’s down, how about we uplift and try to encourage him to get the help he needs.

As a longtime wrestling fan, I have the utmost respect for Hardy and wish him the best of luck in his battle with addiction.

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