WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin has vouched for Braun Strowman time and again. However, it looks like the Texas Rattle Snake isn’t fond of the Monster Among Men’s current booking.
On his popular podcast, The Steve Austin Show, Stone Cold talked about Strowman’s current booking in the WWE. According to him, Strowman’s character should be presented in a more serious manner. (h/t wrestlinginc)
Well, I want to see, what do they call him, ‘The Monster Among Men’? That’s what I want to see out of Braun Strowman. A couple of weeks ago at that pay-per-view when he picked out that kid as his tag partner. Man, if you’re the kid, Nicolas, man, props to you. That’d probably be like, no pun intended, being a kid in a candy store, one of the greatest days of your life, being able to go out there in a 20×20 [foot] ring with a WWE Superstar the magnitude of Braun Strowman, and go out there, and be right there, front row, well, he’s on the apron, while Braun was taking care of business. That must’ve been a blast.
I want to see Braun Strowman in serious mode and you want to have moments of levity of moments of character development, and advancement, and in pushing the creative envelope in certain aspects. But, yeah, man, I knew several months ago when I talked to Braun on the podcast, well, a couple of years ago, I just liked what I saw in the kid. I knew that he had the gift of gab. He’s a very interesting person. He’s very articulate. He’s very eloquent, very well-spoken. He’s a big ass strongman from Kentucky or wherever the hell he’s from [North Carolina, USA]. I want to see him in situations of impending danger. I want to see him in situations of… and that’s with respect to the [pro] wrestling business… I want to see him with title shots on the line and stuff like that. I want to see him respond to things that they’re going to throw at him from a creative standpoint more than being a comedy guy. I don’t need Braun Strowman at 6’8″, 370 lbs. I like for him to make me say, ‘holy s–t! I can’t believe this guy just did that.
Austin then went on to say that even though he himself explored the more comedic parts of Stone Cold, he only did it when he was injured and didn’t want to put stress on his body.
When I broke those three bones in my lower back and I needed time to heal, that’s when I started doing all the comedy stuff because I figured, ‘I’d better entertain people if I can’t get heat because I can’t work with these three [broken] bones in my back – I need to do something.’ So there was a reason for what I did. And I think, probably, the creative team is trying to think, ‘okay, what can we do to expand Braun Strowman’s fanbase?'” Austin added, “maybe they’re trying to show the versatility in him, so that he appeals to different people, but, to me, I think his greatest appeal is the fact that he’s ‘The Monster Among Men’ and you need to focus on that.