Strowman was born Adam Joseph Scherr on September 6, 1983 in North Carolina. The 6’8” 385 pounder was the winner of the several amateur strongman competitions including the NAS and Arnold Amateur titles.
In 2013, he got signed to the WWE and started to undergo professional wrestling training in Orlando, Florida under the name of Braun Strowman. He debuted in NXT in 2014 and on the main roster on Raw in 2015.
He was introduced as the latest member of the creepy Wyatt family along with “brothers” Luke Harper and Bray Wyatt. His intimidating presence was made all the worse by a black sheep mask. He immediately started to feud with Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose of the Shield in singles competition and tag matches with the Wyatts.
In the 2016 Royal Rumble match, Strowman eliminated the most amount of combatants as if he were a human wrecking machine until being eliminated himself by Brock Lesnar.
With the Wyatts, Strowman feuded with the New Day (Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E Langston), however he would soon split from the cult when they were drafted to SmackDown and he stayed in Raw.
Now a singles performer, Strowman plowed through the competition on a winning streak defeating the likes of Sin Cara and squashing jobbers. He also won a battle royal by eliminating Sami Zayn.
Raw General Manager Mick “Cactus Jack” Foley stipulated a match whereby Zayn was to confront Strowman with a strictly enforced 10-minute time limit. Strowman was unable to defeat Zayn in the allotted time, but he would eventually defeat Zayn in a Last Man Standing match on Raw.
Strowman would lose the 2017 Royal Rumble but score a win over WWE Heavyweight Champion Kevin Owens, albeit by disqualification.
Next, he would kickstart his feud with Roman Reigns and would lose cleanly to Reigns at the “Fastlane” Pay-Per-View went.
Strowman would challenge Reigns to a match on Raw which was declared a draw when the Undertaker attacked both competitors. Undeterred, Strowman would continue to attack Reigns even to the point of overturning an ambulance Reigns was in following an attack. Despite being a heel, Strowman was exceptionally over with the fans largely due to their hatred of Reign’s push.
Strowman has the distinction of being able to suplex the Big Show (Paul Wight), actually causing the ring to collapse. Despite his awesome strength and brute force, he would go on to lose a dumpster match against Kalisto and then took some time off due to an elbow injury.
Strowman is still active on the WWE roster and despite still being relatively new to the sport, this powerhouse will doubtlessly get a huge push upon his return that will elevate his status within the WWE Universe.
Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Balsky for contributing the above wrestler profile.
Dr. Stephen Balsky is a chiropractor currently in practice in his native Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been a wrestling fan since age 13 and is very passionate about the product, especially the “old-school” 80’s – 90’s era. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015 and currently is also working part-time as a professor in both business and healthcare.