Braun Strowman Explains Why WWE’s Chaotic Backstage Environment Is Also An Opportunity
There have been rumors for some time that the backstage environment in WWE is a bit chaotic these days. Last-minute changes have led to altered storylines and some unfinished drama, while fans have been critical of the on-air product.
Braun Strowman is a WWE performer who has seen his fair share of changes in recent weeks. Scheduled to do one thing heading into a show, plans for The Monster have changed on short notice. He’s the first to admit it. Interestingly, he says he kind of enjoys it.
It’s not ideal when WWE can’t plan out their storylines well in advance. Strowman does suggest, however, that not all of this is WWE’s fault. Strowman talked about how nutty things can get backstage during an interview with Bleacher Report. He explained:
“The boys and girls in the back, we all work really, really hard. It’s been a little chaotic because everything’s been all over the place. People get sick and things change at the last minute. And part of me enjoys that, I’m not going to lie.”
He talked about how last Monday people were sick. That changed a lot of what creative had planned. He was booked to work three matches in one night — which has been officially noted by WWE as a new record since he worked three different kinds of matches. He noted that worked out to about an hour and 10 minutes of being in the ring. He noted it’s a bit of a freak out moment because that’s a lot of pressure, but he saw it as a challenge to go out and hit a home run. He stated it’s a satisfying feeling.
Strowman Believes The Outside Environment Is Taking Its Toll
Some will argue the product is no good and point to declining ratings. Strowman thinks WWE is doing the best job they can under some not-ideal circumstances. “It’s a tough time right now,” he said. “It’s a challenge for everything that’s on television to try to draw live viewership.” Even Strowman says he doesn’t have cable and keeps up with the WWE product via apps and social media.
While he’s not asking the fans to understand, he did go to bat for WWE and say that the company is constantly trying to keep the fans entertained and draw in new people.