Braun Strowman has truly had a monster year.
From his powerhouse run with The Wyatt Family to his reign as Monday Night Raw's indestructible animal, Strowman has really come into his own in WWE. But while his match with Roman Reigns at Fastlane should have put him over the edge, he instead fell behind.
Now fans are likely wondering how he will be booked on April 2.
There's still time to work up something for him, but the clock is indeed ticking. His spotlight as the unstoppable beast has dimmed now that he's proved to be human. While many likely didn't believe he would go over on Reigns at Fastlane, the opportunity was there to get Strowman up to an all-star level.
Though that did not happen, there are options at WrestleMania.
The company has a few things it can do to put Strowman on the map in a big way, but getting him over is the key to getting him where he should be. WrestleMania is the night when legends are made, and the same could eventually be said of Strowman after April 2.
If WWE truly wants to advance the idea of The New Era, then Strowman could face another giant.
Big Colin Cassady is one of the most gifted big men in WWE. He's young, he's athletic, and he's physically tough. He's part of a very entertaining tag team with his partner Enzo Amore, and he's got a tremendous upside when it comes to being a future main event star.
He could very well be a WWE champion in the making.
So if WWE wants his journey to begin sometime in 2017, then WrestleMania could be the perfect time to do it. Cass and Enzo are one step away from being the No. 1 Contenders to the Raw Tag Team Championships, but that could fall apart.
If it does, then Cass could find himself on the road to WrestleMania.
Interference from Strowman during Cass and Enzo's match on March 13 could be the spark that lights the feud. An enraged Cass could decide he must get vengeance for him and his partner by challenging Strowman on the grandest stage of them all.
It's a scenario that may not be in the cards for WWE, but one that would surely work. With the right promotion and the right setup, Strowman versus Big Cass could do big business on April 2. Each man could come out better than when he went in, and Cass could emerge as the next great big man of WWE.
This would be a match that involves old wounds, but it could be exactly what Strowman needs.
Luke Harper's booking on SmackDown Live has been similar to that of Strowman's on Raw. Both men are seen as physically gifted. Both are believed to be capable of taking their careers to the next level, and both are equally up to the challenge.
The key difference, however, is that Harper is arguably better, and he's also a better storyteller than Strowman. That could benefit Raw's monster at WrestleMania.
Harper has really never looked better since turning babyface on SmackDown, and the crowd is getting behind him every time he's in the ring. The more that Harper works, the more his potential is evident, and he could be on the verge of a major elevation in WWE.
Why not let him take that momentum to Mania against Strowman?
It would definitely be a fun match—and one that fans would surely enjoy. Harper and Strowman would undoubtedly give all they have to get over, and the feud could lead to one of the two moving to another night.
But the primary focus should be on allowing Strowman and Harper to get in the ring and prove themselves with the whole world watching. WWE fans love a great fight, and there may not be a better fight at WrestleMania than Harper versus Strowman.
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
If Strowman can't have a WrestleMania moment against one top Superstar, maybe he should be booked against a ring full of them.
The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal may be the perfect spot for Strowman. It's a match that suits his style: He can get over against a wide array of talent, and he would be nearly impossible to eliminate. It may not be for a championship, but it would be an accomplishment that WWE could build around.
The key is showcasing Strowman as an unstoppable force.
The more Superstars he can take down, the more his reputation grows. Like Brock Lesnar before him, Strowman's aura of invincibility is nearly impenetrable. When fans see Strowman go to work in the ring, there is a general sense of awe that goes along with it.
Strowman is just a massive mountain of a man, and he should be booked accordingly.
He's much more athletic than anyone could have imagined, which defies the stereotype of most big men. He can bounce back up on his feet and he can take flight during a match, both of which are extremely rare for a man his size.
Strowman is not a guy that just stands in one spot and lets the fight come to him.
Using his brute strength to bear against the rest of the roster is the perfect way for Strowman to prove himself at WrestleMania. He could walk out not only victorious but also one step closer to main event stardom.
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