There were only so many enhancement talents the WWE could feed to Braun Strowman as he continued his path of destruction on Monday Night Raw.
Many questioned the direction his character was heading in since The Wyatt Family was split up in the WWE draft, and up until this week, Strowman hasn’t had serious competition step up to him.
After destroying The Mile High Club in a three-on-one match and demanding Mick Foley give him more competition, Sami Zayn was the unexpected star to stand up to the behemoth.
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On paper, it’s a mismatch and the likelihood is, Strowman will win in any encounter the two have despite Zayn being one of the toughest guys around.
He has a huge heart, though, and is incredible in the ring; that’s why the WWE fans love him and get behind him.
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Despite the weaknesses Zayn has compared to Strowman, this is perhaps the best feud for Strowman right now because of the direction the WWE are headed in general.
Right off the bat, it’s a simple feud.
BUILDING THE BIGGEST MONSTER
Strowman is the heel while Zayn is the biggest face on the roster. Strowman is bigger, he’s stronger, and that’s why it took the Denver crowd only a matter of seconds to get behind Zayn.
Some might argue that this feud does nothing for The New Face of Destruction, as he’s expected to dispose of Zayn with relative ease, even though he’s achieved a lot on NXT and isn’t a jobber.
This can take Strowman to new levels of heat, if he manages to destroy Zayn on a weekly basis without fail, he’s setting himself up to be hated, and that’s exactly what the company needs right now from a man of his size.
This also works well for Zayn, while it could be classed that he’s being buried alongside the likes of Neville and could be better utilised on SmackDown LIVE, a feud with Strowman where he can’t bring the monster down a peg or two gains him sympathy from the fans.
It would also make little sense to continue building Strowman up as a monster by taking on men of a similar size.
Kane competes on the blue brand, while Mark Henry and The Big Show are the only other ones available for the WWE to book him against.
As harsh as it sounds, the fans don’t really care that much about The Big Show or Henry anymore, and you could hear that by the silence when Henry competed alongside The Golden Truth on Raw.
He’s proven himself to be more dominant than them lately, so it’s pointless to go two steps back by taking on the giants that hardly appear on a weekly basis.
If that did happen, the WWE would set themselves up for more criticism by giving more TV and pay-per-view time to them over the likes of Zayn.
He needs to compete in matches where the fans are interested and engaged, invested into the story and want to tune in the week after to find out how things will unfold and how somebody like Zayn will fare.
Competing against fellow giants will result in silence, ‘please retire’ chants and a great excuse for a bathroom break, adding nothing of value to the dominant Strowman character.
This is the sort of mid-card feud Raw has been missing since the brand extension, and it finally gives both men something to do heading into some big events.
If fans don’t like it, then they may not have to wait too long before Strowman gets another big challenge, this time in the form of Samoa Joe.
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