7 Ups & 3 Downs From WWE Raw (Sept 5)


3. Cannon Fodder For Roman?

Bringing Braun Strowman back 15 months after they released him is certainly a decision.

Whether it’s a smart decision remains to be seen with how they use him. His first night back on Raw saw the Monster Among Men interrupt a four-way tag team #1 contender’s match, beating up eight men, just because.

While fans in the arena cheered the arrival of Strowman, it felt like WWE was just trying to reheat someone who was ice cold when they released him in June 2021 and had a horribly disappointing WWE Universal Championship reign in 2020. Braun might have been white-hot in 2017-18, but that version of Strowman has passed.

Maybe WWE is bringing him back to be cannon fodder for Roman Reigns, facing him at the next Saudi Arabia show. But it feels like the way they brought him back – and having him beat up four tag teams in the process – is more about desperation and less about (re)making a star.

We’ll hold out hope to be convinced we’re wrong, but this is just the initial feeling.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.