Wrestling Forum banner

1 - 20 of 84 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,357 Posts
Discussion Starter #1

WWE star Braun Strowman has received a huge backlash online for suggesting that independent wrestlers who can't pay their bills should change their jobs.
The spread of coronavirus has decimated the world of sport with hundreds of events either cancelled or postponed to prevent the spread of the deadly bug.

AEW's Evil Uno made a public request asking those who had any spare money to try and support those struggling wrestlers if they can.
But former Incontentinal Champion Braun Strowman - real name Adam Scherr - drew serious ire for his response.
In a since-deleted post on Instagram, he wrote: “Here we go with more of the somebody pay for my bills stuff. If you can’t afford to pay your bills maybe you should change professions.

Braun's comments understandably garnered him huge heat online, especially since they followed former WWE star Dean Ambrose - now AEW's Jon Moxley - donating over £900 to Irish promotion Over The Top Wrestling.
One fan wrote: "Jon Moxley: donating to independent wrestlers anonymously.
"Braun Strowman: publicly calling out independent wrestlers and telling them not to be poor.

"Be a Jon Moxley, not a Braun Strowman."
Another said: "Congrats to Braun Strowman for winning the worst Instagram post of 2020 award."
A third added: "Braun Strowman just salty cus the company he works for doesn’t trust him with the big belt."
I guess it's not a surprise that a wealthy wrestler has this type of attitude, but if he has this attitude toward other wrestlers I can imagine his attitude the millions of folks around the world who are going to be losing their jobs.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,743 Posts
That's not what he said, but what he did say still wasn't good.

It's one thing to crap on people who make GoFundMe instead of working. But, it's embarrassing elitism to crap on hard working people stuck in situations out of their control.

There are many people taking advantage of the current situation and hosting GoFundMe, those who aren't struggling. That's who he should have targeted. He deserves the backlash.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
When it comes to Moxley, I can't help but think of Curb Your Enthusiasm when Larry donated a wing to a foundation anomously, but Ted Danson also donated a wing anonymously yet everyone knew he donated. Moxley is Ted Danson in this situation if you're anonymous no one knows you donated the money except you.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,359 Posts
Braun really lives up to the meathead stereotype. Didn't Mark Henry basically pluck him out of the strongman competitions?

Odds are that a lot of the indie wrestlers that Braun's shitting on are actually better pro wrestlers than he is, they just haven't received their big break. The whole mentality of "well just change your situation, stop being poor" comes from a lot of places... a lot of misguided places. There's so many factors that go into financial difficulties, it's not a matter of working harder or just magically finding that better paying job. Plenty of people work their asses off, have great skill... and still struggle to get by.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,700 Posts
He's not wrong tbf
He is wrong.

How many of the current crop of NXT and WWE talent were wrestlers who have only wrestled for WWE and nowhere else?

Braun Strowman
Roman Reigns
Bray Wyatt
Randy Orton
Big E

For the men, that's about it. Charlotte Flair also went exclusively through the WWE system

Becky Lynch, John Cena, Velveteen Dream, Adam Cole and the entire Undisputed Era, Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa, Daniel Bryan, Seth Rollins, Buddy Murphy, AJ Styles, Finn Balor, and countless others wrestled on the independents. Basically WWE would not have much of a roster if you took away the talent who got their starts on the indy scene, and Braun needs to recognize that the indys play a valuable role. Unless Braun is being forward thinking and anticipating the day when there are eight NXT territories (NXT Japan, NXT North America, NXT Latin America, NXT Europa, NXT UK, NXT China, NXT India, and NXT Australia) that completely take the place of the independents, so that all WWE wrestlers can be trained exclusively from the ground up, like he was.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
161 Posts
This would be like a James Hetfeld telling someone whos trying to make music but is not famous "stop being poor" or Brad Pitt telling a struggling waitress who is trying to make it in Hollywood "stop being poor"

Heck the Rock tells the story of how he had no money before he signed with WWF, completely broke. I guess he should have got an 8-5 job and never wrestled.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,805 Posts
You have got to be a special brand of stupid to tell someone, during a pandemic where businesses are closing down and a virus is rapidly spreading and you're advised to stay home, to just run out and find a job. Like there's just jobs all over the place, and being outside is totally safe. You have to be reaaallllll stupid to say that.

Good on Mox, though. It's not surprising in the least. People who bust their ass to get to where they are tend to have more compassion because they know what struggle is. Being born tall and handed opportunities makes life seem a lot easier than it really is.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
3,700 Posts
On the other matter,unless contracts have radically changed Strowman is likely still getting some sort of payment. WWE contracts are traditionally anchored to a downside guarantee, but weekly/bi-weekly payments come from:

1. Arena gate revenue (televised, PPV, house shows)
2. Residual PPV revenue
3. Merchandise sales

There may also be a tie-in to Network subscribers or views. That's not been published.

With the current shutdown, WWE wrestlers are no longer receiving items 1 and 2. But he still should be getting merchandising at the moment.
 
1 - 20 of 84 Posts
Top