Braun Strowman finds himself sidelined from in-ring action following neck surgery. While the recovery period is necessary, it also allows him to address some serious health issues that have emerged over time, requiring his attention and care.
Professional wrestling is an unforgiving profession, demanding Superstars to push their bodies to the limits within the ring. Braun Strowman is no stranger to the inherent risks involved in the industry, having encountered various challenging conditions throughout his career.
During an interview with Fightful, Strowman disclosed that he is currently dealing with 15% paralysis in his right leg, a condition that led him to switch to a different type of footwear. Explaining the situation, Strowman mentioned that his right foot’s arch has collapsed, while his left leg experiences partial paralysis.
As a result, he has opted for a U.K. brand called Vivobarefoot, which has helped him strengthen his feet. However, he playfully expressed loyalty to his beloved Crocs, reserving their use for home comfort. The new shoes he wears are more business casual, catering to the demands of professional attire, as he jokingly acknowledged his need to dress up for certain occasions.
In addition to discussing his physical challenges, Strowman reflected on his time away from WWE. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he was temporarily released from the company, allowing him to explore other opportunities. Initially, it was difficult for him to accept this change, but he eventually embraced it as a necessary break for his mental well-being. Strowman admitted to feeling overwhelmed not only by his WWE commitments but also by the pressures of life in general
“You just never know. My feet are really weird. So my right arch is collapsed on my right foot, and my left leg is 15% paralyzed. So I switched to these new shoes. It’s a U.K. brand called [Vivobarefoot] that is actually helping me strengthen my feet. I feel bad cheating on my Crocs, but I still got my Crocs. I wear those around the house. These are more business casual. They tell me I’m supposed to dress up. This is as good as I can get“
We talked a couple of times, and I enjoyed my time away. As much as I did, at first, it was a hard pill to swallow, but it was something I realized I needed because, at the time, I was just mentally going crazy, not just with WWE but with everything in life.”
“So, it was an opportunity to take a step back and truly realize how amazing it is to work here and how truly blessed my career has been. In the short amount of time of my first stint here, you name it, and I did it; Money in the Bank, Universal Champion, Tag Team, Andre, Intercontinental, whatever PPV I main evented, whatever building I sold out. So having that opportunity to take a step back and go, ‘Wow. I got to do a lot of stuff.’
“But at the same time, I hated being gone. I love this. I’ve said it time and time again, I truly believe I was put on this earth to do this and for this company.”
“So it was good to be home. I’m walking into WrestleMania now, things were uncertain about what was going to happen at WrestleMania, but now we figured out a way, we got shoehorned in last minute. It’s so awesome because I’ve had my WrestleMania moments, and now I get the opportunity to go out there and share them with some guys that haven’t had their WrestleMania moments. Guys that have been in the business for many, many years, busting their ass, day in and day out on the indies, in the Performance Center, and now on the main roster. Now I have the opportunity to go out there and share this special moment. [I know from my first WrestleMania how special it is].”
The time away provided a valuable perspective, enabling Strowman to appreciate the significance of his work with WWE and the blessings his career has bestowed upon him. In his previous stint with the company, he accomplished a multitude of milestones, including winning Money in the Bank, becoming Universal Champion, claiming tag team titles, triumphing in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, and securing the Intercontinental Championship. Strowman recognized the abundance of opportunities he had been given and expressed gratitude for his remarkable journey. His hiatus allowed him to rediscover his passion for WWE, stating that he firmly believes he was destined to be a part of the industry and contribute to the success of the company.