Braun Strowman is among the last of a dying breed in WWE: ‘I’m carrying on a fading tradition’

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Giants were once the apex predators in the WWE jungles, but evolution has made way for smaller, more dynamic beasts. There will always be a place for someone of Braun Strowman’s size and strength. However, he must develop and display the full spectrum of his skills to succeed.

The image of the WWE superstar has diminished over the decades. Where Hulk Hogan, Andre the Giant, The Undertaker and Yokozuna once reigned, it is no longer unusual to see the likes of AJ Styles, Kofi Kingston and Seth Rollins as world champions. Even the undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns, despite his reasonably large frame, sports a more athletic build. In an ever-changing landscape, Strowman’s mission is to carry the torch of his gargantuan ancestors.

“Andre the Giant is a sportsman,” Strowman told CBS Sports before Saturday’s “Tribute to the Troops” special. “He is the reason why this business is the way it is. It is known all over the world as a global organization. When you talk about WWE, you cannot mention this company without to say Andre the Giant.

“So from him to the Big Show to Kane to Undertaker to Mark Henry to all the other great people that have come and gone in this business, I’m one of the last few of a kind of these dinosaurs who dies, as I like. So in my mind, I’m carrying on a tradition and a legacy that is fading.”

Check out the full interview with Braun Strowman below.

WWE’s most famous big men have suffered because of their range as performers. The Undertaker changed his character over the years between “The Deadman” and “The American Badass.” The nightmare Kane was presented as “The Demon’s Favorite Demon”, but he and Daniel Bryan are best remembered for their tag team couple therapy sessions. The Big Show is certainly stylish, but it’s just as fun in comedies like “Jingle All the Way” and “The Waterboy.”

“The stereotype of being this big guy is that I’ve had things given to me in life or I’m Fee-Fi-Fo-Fum my way through life, grinding people’s children to make my bread, ” said Strowman. “There’s more to it than that. I look like this big, handsome, scary monster, but at the end of the day, I’m a passionate, caring, loving, artistic person. I want to be able to not only represent the monster side of things, but I want to show the world that there is more than meets the eye. Don’t judge a book by its cover.”

Strowman has a few tricks up his sleeve. Don’t be surprised if the 6-foot-8, 385-pounder hits the top rope.

“I can do one, not a problem,” Strowman said. “It’s not a matter of being able to do one, it’s a matter of doing it at the right time.”

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