Many of us have too much time on our hands these days, and with social interaction one of the things we’re sacrificing to fight the spread of the coronavirus, more folks are turning to social media.
That can be good. But it can also not.
Over the last several days, Braun Strowman’s given us examples of the latter.
First, he responded to a fan who said his character should be presented the way AEW is rolling out Lance Archer. Braun more or less called the 20 year veteran a knock-off version of him, despite the fact Archer’s has been working variations on his current gimmick on-and-off since he left TNA in 2009. At least The Monster Among Men took it in stride when The Murderhawk Monster shot back...
This is what @BraunStrowman should have been. You look like a true beast.— Russell Wade (@uk_21) March 19, 2020
Great Value you say?! Hmmmm. Great. Yup! Valuable. Yup! Experienced. Yup! Agile Yup! Interesting. Yup! Personality Yup! So. Yea. You can say I’m of DAMN GOOD VALUE! So thanx KID.— The Murderhawk Monster Lance Archer (@LanceHoyt) March 19, 2020
Anytime old man!!!!— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 19, 2020
Strowman didn’t just take a shot at Archer. He also fell into the frequent WWE Superstar trap of responding to criticism by insulting fans. And unlike Baron Corbin, he’s a face, so this can’t be written off as ‘Reality’ Era heel work. I get that it must be exhausting to read about how you or your character suck, but also maybe just don’t respond?
Shut up dork. You’ve tweeted almost 5,000 times and you don’t have a profile pic. Back to your basement— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 19, 2020
Hahahahah another triggered MARK!!!!— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
The real heat came when Braun commented on an Instagram post featuring tweets and retweets like these from another AEW wrestler, Evil Uno, where the Dark Order lieutenant asked fans to think about support of independent wrestlers facing months without work due to the pandemic.
*take a huge hit— EVIL UNO of the DARK ORDER (@EvilUno) March 12, 2020
Damn you Twitter. https://t.co/BiJ78Mp1q4
Trying to find a way to spread support.— Wild/Zero (@WildZero_) March 22, 2020
We tagged a few of our full time guys below. Feel free to share and spread the word. The more eyes the more boys get the help. pic.twitter.com/ZbhdFGMF6u
Strowman’s unsympathetic responses have since been deleted, but screenshots are forever.
There are lots of counterpoints to the arguments Adam Scherr (Braun’s real name) is making here, and they’ve all been pointed out by people on Twitter. Strowman was signed to WWE when he drove his economy SUV to Orlando, so it wasn’t as risky as he makes it sound. He probably didn’t completely burn the bridge to his old profession - Strongman competitions - either, so he had a couple different safety nets.
Even without that, there’s a difference between his situation and someone who decided to chase their dream only to have the game changed by a natural disaster that prohibits them from working.
Braun tempers his argument a bit in responding to retorts like those, but he’s still mostly saying struggling indie wrestlers should go look for non-wrestling work if they can’t pay the bills right now. Which I can see as far as an alternative to gofundme campaigns, but if they’re selling merchandise or charging for a podcast or personal recording... isn’t that still entertainment work?
I would say the exact same thing if I was still changing tires at pit stop in denver Nc. It’s part of life— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Where the hell did I say stop being poor lol. I said sometimes in life you have to change what is important to you is all. Never took a dig at being poor. Life’s tuff I know we’ve all been through crap.— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Where did I bash anyone. I never said it was dumb what they are doing I’m all about people living the best life and enjoying it but sometimes in life you have to change what is important to you and explore other avenues. Thus what i said about me leaving a sport I loved.— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Well every local restaurant by me is begging for delivery drivers Amazon just announced they were looking to hire 100k drivers during this Theres lots of stuff to do I’ve actually helped deliver groceries thisweek to people that couldn’t go out and do it there selfs— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Strowman also reports he’s not getting paid at all right now, which is probably kind of true since he’s an independent contractor who hasn’t been booked since WWE moved to the Performance Center - but also doesn’t account for his downside guarantee, percentage of merch revenue, etc.
He does deserves some credit for not attacking the people arguing with him on this topic. Everyone is on edge these days, and Strowman tries to keep this more serious discussion more civil than his exchanges about Archer.
Not saying don’t dream at all. Everyone is taking this so far out of context. It’s this simple sometimes you have to change your dreams. Trust me I know that’s a hard pill to swallow but twice in my life I’ve given up what I loved because I couldn’t survive doing it thats all— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
And thank you for coming at me like an adult and talking about it instead of the children calling me names lol— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
I literally donated 5k of my own money to research this week and have been working really hard with company’s I’m affiliated with to help with charity’s and to get funds and supply’s to people that can’t physically take care of there selfs.— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Man I was raised with very little and what I’ve gotten in life took a lot of work. I hate the term celebrity I’m a redneck with a cool job. Sucks not being able to work I’m right there with everyone. I’m honored y to o be able to help people in need.— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Some are looking to pillory Braun for his take. While I personally don’t agree with it, I think this is more a case of Twitter being a horrible outlet for any kind of nuanced discussion. It’s very difficult to change people’s minds, and next to impossible with a character limit in an echo chamber. That goes for Strowman and those arguing with him.
Overall though, The Monster Among Men should probably just follow CM Punk’s advice fo Seth Rollins.
I’m bored honestly and just sick of people only wanting there opinions heard.— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) March 20, 2020
Us too, Braun. Us too.