WWE had released Braun Strowman, Aleister Black, Lana, Ruby Riott, Santana Garrett, and Buddy Murphy. The reason cited was part of budget cuts, and Strowman was being paid $1.2 million per year according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. The former WWE Universal Champion signed a new contract in October 2019, so the budget cut regarding Strowman is the WWE’s biggest saving financially from all of the talent cuts in the last year plus during the pandemic. Braun Strowman was fired by WWE for a very surprising reason as well.
Previously, more details regarding WWE’s decision to release Braun Strowman from his contract had been revealed. Braun Strowman’s contract played a role in him getting fired. On top of that, Braun Strowman was viewed as an ‘obsolete’ WWE Superstar and ‘two years past his prime.
WWE have interest in rehiring Braun Strowman, FightfulSelect.com reports. Strowman signed a seven-figure WWE deal in 2019. He actually got down to the last few months of his deal, and sources in WWE said that he played “hardball” during his negotiation.
According to Sean Sapp behind Fightful’s paywall, there are early plans for tonight’s episode of Raw coming from Kansas City. The plans are newsworthy involving Bobby Lashley’s next United States title defense, The New Day returning for a challenge to the tag titles, Dexter Lumius lurking around again, and the possibility of Braun Strowman returning to WWE TV.
Tonight’s WWE Raw is from Kansas City, and we’ve learned some of the early plans.
As announced, Bobby Lashley is set to defend the United States Title in a cage match. We’re told this is a part of Triple H’s ongoing plan to help establish the United States Title as a credible prize on the program.
New Day are scheduled for the show, as they’ll be involved in a program surrounding the world tag team titles. The Usos weren’t able to travel overseas for Clash at the Castle.
Rumors of Braun Strowman returning have emerged after Fightful Select reported that there was interest in bringing him back to the company. There is set to be an angle that features a car turned over on the show. While not confirmed, this is in line with a lot of the programs Braun Strowman was featured in the past.
Dexter Lumis’ angle will also continue tonight.