Here’s Why Braun Strowman Doesn’t Have a WrestleMania Opponent Yet


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Everyone’s favorite wrestler, Braun Strowman, doesn’t know who he’s going to pro wrestling’s big dance with. Apparently, plans are flipping like emergency medical service vehicles. But there’s a good, strategic reason for that, according to Dave Meltzer.

It starts with the allegations we heard about back in January concerning Roman Reigns and allegations of steroid use. First Reigns was linked to a steroid dealer, who specifically linked Reigns to his extensive steroid ring that the FBI busted last year. Later, we heard from Reigns himself, who denied those allegations.

The news cycle moved on, but rumblings continue to pop up that a big expose with hard evidence of Reigns’ (and others’) involvement could be on the horizon.

According to the Wrestling Observer, if this expose drops prior to WrestleMania and there’s fire to that smoke (or if Brock Lesnar isn’t in good enough shape by April, or should take his ball and go home for any reason), then WWE needs a backup plan for the big finish for the biggest show of the year. Enter Braun Strowman, aka the Monster Among Men … aka the backup plan (Note: The Backup Plan is not a good gimmick, though Strowman could probably make it work).

Strowman’s lack of an opponent has less to do with the direction of his character and everything to do with WWE keeping options open. So while it’s odd that we are less than a month away from WrestleMania and nobody knows who is getting those hands, it makes a lot of sense in terms of how the main event could shake out and how that is kind of out of WWE’s hands. Meltzer adds that it’s possible Strowman could be added to the Intercontinental Championship match at the last minute, or they could have a special WrestleMania segment devoted to one of Braun’s already-trademark feats of ridiculous strength.

Worst case scenario, WWE can always play Braun’s hit YouTube show on the big screen in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome while he takes down that legendary Chipotle order in the middle of the ring. It won’t land him a traditional WrestleMania moment, but it will easily be the best non-wrestling WrestleMania moment of all time (apologies to Kane and Pete Rose).

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