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Braun Strowman’s Injury is Costly to WWE

Injuries never happen at the right time in professional wrestling. The injury to Braun Strowman happened at the worst possible time for WWE. And with him being out of action as much as two months, does this mean his push as WWE’s mega monster hit a speed bump or worse, a brick wall?

Injuries never happen at the right time in professional wrestling. The injury to Braun Strowman happened at the worst possible time for WWE. And with him being out of action as much as two months, does this mean his push as WWE’s mega monster hit a speed bump or worse, a brick wall?

According to Ryan Satin of prowrestlingsheet.com, Pro Wrestling Sheet has learned Braun Strowman is scheduled to be out of action following last week’s Raw taping to undergo a minor procedure to fix some issues with his elbow.

Sources told Satin and the website that Strowman will be gone four to eight weeks due to the undisclosed injury/surgery, causing creative to re-tool plans for Extreme Rules and Great Balls of Fire.

Braun’s character on TV is supposedly suffering from a torn rotator cuff — even though he’s been wrestling Roman Reigns in street fights on the UK/European tour — and his injury angle was furthered at the TV taping to officially give him time to get fixed up.

It’s an angle the company has used before, but in this instance, the injury clearly destroys any chance of Strowman taking the Universal Heavyweight from Brock Lesnar before SummerSlam and it all but wipes out a program with Reigns, which has been booked well and has made both performers look strong in and out of the ring.

WWE had to reassess the landscape of Monday Night Raw after Finn Balor was injured while winning the Universal Heavyweight Title. He relinquished the title the following night – which helped catapult Kevin Owens to super stardom and gave WWE a chance to build a feud between Seth Rollins and Triple H. Now, Rollins has Samoa Joe in his path and Balor appears to be the choice to challenge Lesnar for the belt he never lost.

Not only could this injury affect Strowman (which it already has), but it has to affect Reigns, who is still being pushed as one of the favorites in the main event picture. How realistic is a Balor-Reigns feud, where the size and strength differences are night and day? Balor held his own against Samoa Joe in NXT – who is a more agile competitor and matched up well with the Demon King. The potential of a Reigns-Balor feud would also prove to be a better option.

There has been talk of a Bray Wyatt-Reigns feud to fill the gap left by the Strowman injury as well as The Miz and Reigns jumping into a program, which could be gold if it is booked properly. The Miz – the ultimate antagonist – is perfect for helping to build Reigns again as the rugged babyface the McMahons want him to be.

And at some point, WWE should consider a title run for The Miz, who proves weekly on Raw he is a new version of Roddy Piper.

If anything, Strowman’s injury puts everything on hold. Like Reigns injury in 2014, WWE must regroup and find a balance in open space. Wade Barrett was on his way toward a WWE Title shot when he suffered a severe arm injury a few years ago. Sheamus has suffered the same fate on multiple occasions. Rollins had to relinquish the WWE World Title when he blew his knee out. Injuries happen and there is no way to avoid them.

I suspect WWE will book Strowman as the badass bully on the school yard once again when he returns. Who stands in his path is a mystery. I would love to see a confrontation between him and Wyatt and the dream match with Lesnar must happen. Meanwhile, Raw will have to regroup and figure out how to hold down the fort while Strowman mends.

A lot can happen in eight weeks. Hopefully, a change in philosophy isn’t one of those changes. Hopefully Strowman is still the behemoth heel WWE wants to destroy fan favorites that stand in his way.

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