Adam Scherr is a 39-year-old professional wrestler from Sherrills Ford, North Carolina. Scherr is currently signed with World Wrestling Entertainment and performs on SmackDown under the ring name, Braun Strowman.
In high school, Scherr participated on the football, track and field, and wrestling teams. He attended community college and then spent the next four years playing football semi-professionally for the Hickory Hornets. Scherr attended the NFL Scouting Combine in 2007, but did not turn professional. In the late 2000s, he began competing in amateur strongman competitions.
In 2011, Adam Scherr earned his Strongman Corporation (ASC) Professional Card by winning the NAS Amateur National Championships. The following year, he won the 2012 Arnold Amateur Stroman Championships. This victory earned Scherr an invite to the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic.
Strowman’s Early WWE Career
Scherr signed a contract with World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in early 2013. He was then assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Florida where he adopted the ring name, Braun Strowman. In December 2014, Braun Strowman made his professional wrestling debut at an NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida, defeating Chad Gable.
Under the tweaked ring name, Braun Strowman, Scherr made his main roster debut on the August 24th episode of Monday Night RAW. At his debut, he attacked Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns. He then became the newest member of The Wyatt Family alongside Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. Strowman had his first televised singles match on the August 31 episode of RAW, when he defeated Ambrose by disqualification. He then wrestled in his first WWE pay-per-view event match at Night of Champions in September 2015 in a six-man tag team match.
On January 24, 2016, Strowman participated in the Royal Rumble and scored the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship. He eliminated five opponents before being eliminated by Brock Lesnar. Braun Strowman appeared at WrestleMania 32 during The Rock and John Cena’s confrontation with the Wyatt family.
Braun Strowman Singles Competition
At the 2016 WWE draft, Braun Strowman was drafted to the RAW brand while the rest of the Wyatt family went to SmackDown. As a result, Strowman then began a successful singles career dominating challengers on RAW. He feuded with Sami Zayn. At the 2017 Royal Rumble, he interfered during Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns’ title match, helping Owens retain the Universal Championship. Later that night, he entered the Royal Rumble match at number seven, eliminating Mojo Rawley, Big Cass, Kalisto, Mark Henry, Big Show, James Ellsworth and Tye Dillinger before being eliminated by Baron Corbin.
On the January 30 episode of RAW, Strowman challenged Kevin Owens for his first world championship, the Universal Championship. Strowman won the match by disqualification after Reigns interfered and attacked him. At WrestleMania 33 in April, Strowman competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but did not win. Strowman continued his feud with Roman Reigns, attacking him and kayfabe injuring his shoulder.
Strowman’s Feuds & Injuries
At WWE’s Payback pay-per-view event, Strowman defeated Roman Reigns. Then, on the April 17 episode of RAW, he faced Big Show and performed a superplex on him causing the ring to implode and collapse. The match ended in a no contest. After the May 8 episode of RAW, WWE announced that Strowman had a legitimate injury with a shattered elbow and would be out of action for six months. Strowman underwent surgery three days later on May 11. He returned a month later on the June 19th episode of RAW and attacked Roman Reigns. This led to an ambulance match at Great Balls of Fire, with Strowman winning.
At SummerSlam, Strowman challenged Brock Lesnar’s Universal Championship in a fatal-four-way match also involving Reigns and Samoa Joe in a losing effort. Strowman faced Lesnar for the championship at No Mercy in September, but was unsuccessful again. Strowman then became involved in The Miz’s feud with the reformed stable The Shield. This led to a five-on-three handicap TLC match at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in October. Strowman teamed with The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus and Kane against Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle. But during the match, Strowman’s teammates turned on him, throwing him into the back of a garbage truck, thus turning Strowman into a face in the process. His team also went on to lose the match. Strowman returned to RAW the following week, attacking The Miz and The Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas).
Strowman’s World Championship Pursuits
On the March 12th episode of RAW, Strowman competed in a tag team battle royal by himself to determine the number one contenders for the RAW Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 34. Kurt Angle, who was the RAW general manager, allowed Strowman to challenge for the titles but only if he chose a partner at WrestleMania.
At Wrestlemania, Strowman chose a young fan in attendance named Nicholas to be his partner (real life son of referee John Cone). Together, Strowman and Nicholas defeated champions Cesaro and Sheamus. This was Strowman’s first championship in WWE. The following night on RAW, Strowman and Nicholas relinquished the titles due to Nicholas’ “scheduling conflict” (school). On April 27 at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Strowman won the namesake match. He also broke the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 13, beating Roman Reigns’ previous record of 12.
At the 2018 Money In the Bank pay-per-view, Braun Strowman won the Money in the Bank ladder match contract. After two previous attempts, Strowman was finally able to cash in his Money in the Bank contract at Hell in a Cell in September. But due to interference by Brock Lesnar, Strowman’s match against Roman Reigns ended in a no contest.
Strowman’s Championship Reigns
In August 2019, Braun Strowman and Rollins teamed together and defeated Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson for the RAW Tag Team Championship titles. At the pay-per-view, Clash of the Champions, Strowman and Rollins lost the tag titles to Ziggler and Roode in the opening match, and in the main event Strowman was also defeated by Rollins.
As part of the WWE’s 2019 draft, Strowman was drafted to the SmackDown brand. On the January 10, 2020 episode of SmackDown, Strowman defeated the Intercontinental Champion Shinsuke Nakamura in a non-title match to secure a title opportunity in the future. He also competed in the 2020 Royal Rumble but lost. On January 31st’s episode of SmackDown, Braun Stroman defeated Shinsuke Nakamura to win the Intercontinental Championship. This was Strowman’s first singles title. However, At Elimination Chamber on March 8, Strowman lost the title to Sami Zayn in a 3-on-1 handicap match, also involving Nakamura and Cesaro.
Strowman Wins Universal Championship
In April, it was announced that Braun Strowman would replace Roman Reigns at WrestleMania 36 and face Goldberg for the Universal Championship. Reigns opted to pull out of the event amid concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. At WrestleMania, Strowman defeated Goldberg to win the Universal Championship, his first world championship in his career. After WrestleMania, Strowman and Bray Wyatt began feuding which led to a match at Money in the Bank. Strowman defeated Wyatt thus retaining the title.
Strowman successfully defended the Universal Championship against John Morrison and The Miz at Backlash. He then began feuding with Bray Wyatt again. Wyatt challenged him to a non-title “Wyatt Swamp Fight” which took place at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. Strowman lost after being dragged down into a lake by Wyatt. On the August 14 episode of SmackDown, Strowman returned with a new look with a shaved head and turned heel for the first time since October 2018.
At SummerSlam on August 23rd, Strowman lost the Universal Championship to Wyatt in a Falls Count Anywhere match. His reign ended at 141 days, after which both he and Wyatt were attacked by a returning Roman Reigns. Strowman failed to win back the title at Payback after he was pinned by Reigns.
Strowman Drafted To RAW
At the WWE’s 2020 Draft in October, Braun Strowman was drafted to the company’s RAW brand. Shortly after, Strowman began a feud with Keith Lee. In November, Strowman qualified for the RAW men’s team at Survivor Series after defeating Lee and Sheamus in a triple threat match. At Survivor Series, Strowman eliminated Otis and help Team Raw pick up the win. The following night on Raw, Strowman was indefinitely suspended after headbutting WWE official Adam Pearce.
On the January 29, 2021 episode of SmackDown, Strowman made his return to WWE, taking out AJ Styles, Sami Zayn, and Cesaro. At Royal Rumble he eventually entered the Royal Rumble match as the number 30 entrant. He eliminated Sheamus, Cesaro, and AJ Styles, before being eliminated by the eventual winner Edge during the final moments. On the February 22 episode of RAW, he faced Bobby Lashley for an opportunity to be added to the WWE Championship match scheduled for the following week, but was unsuccessful.
Strowman Released from WWE
After feuding with Shane McMahon for a few months, Strowman defeated McMahon in a steel cage match at WrestleMania 37. On the RAW after WrestleMania, Strowman faced Drew McIntyre and Randy Orton in a triple threat match for a WWE Championship match at Backlash but was unsuccessful. At WrestleMania Backlash, Strowman failed to win the title from Lashley in a triple threat match also involving McIntyre. This would turn out to be his final match for the company as he was released shortly after due to ‘budget cuts’ on June 2, 2021.
Scherr Co-Creates Control Your Narrative
Scherr made his independent debut at Free The Narrative 2: The Monsters In Us All, where he defeated the show’s creator EC3. On December 4, 2021, Scherr teamed with EC3, making his debut in Great Lakes Championship Wrestling at GLCW Blizzard Brawl. They defeated Jake Something and Rohit Raju. In January 2022, it was announced that Scherr would team with the former Erick Rowan (now Erick Redbeard) in a match against Bully Ray and nZo. The tag-team match took place at Northeast Wrestling’s WrestleFest XXVI on January 22, with Scherr and Redbeard winning the match.
Scherr debuted at the Ring of Honor pay-per-view Final Battle, where he, EC3, and Westin Blake formed the new Control Your Narrative stable and attacked Eli Isom, Dak Draper and Brian Johnson. On February 17, 2022, Scherr along with fellow professional wrestler EC3, announced the formation of their own wrestling promotion, Control Your Narrative (CYN). The company started tapings for their impending television deal in March. Taking inspiration from the movie Fight Club, the promotion featured talent booking their own storylines in a way that resembles the early stages of Fight Club’s “Project: Mayhem.”
Braun Strowman Returns to WWE
On September 5 2022, Strowman returned to WWE on the September 5 episode of RAW, attacking every single competitor in a fatal four way tag team match.SHOW LESS
Birth name: Adam Joseph Scherr
Born: September 6, 1983, Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, USA
Height: 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Weight: 385 lb (175 kg)
Partner: Raquel Rodriguez (2021–present; engaged)
Ring name(s): Adam Scherr, Braun Stowman, Braun Strowman
Current roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing move(s): Running powerslam
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Career Championships & Accomplishments
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Most Improved (2017)
- Worst Feud of the Year (2020) vs. Bray Wyatt
- Worst Match of the Year (2020) vs. Bray Wyatt at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE Universal Championship (1 time)
- WWE Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
- WWE Raw Tag Team Championship (2 times) – with Nicholas (1) and Seth Rollins (1)
- WWE Greatest Royal Rumble
- Money in the Bank (Men’s 2018)
- André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal (2019)
- WWE Year-End Award for Male Superstar of the Year (2018)
- Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships
- Winner (2012)
- Monster of the Midland
- Winner (2010)
- NAS US Amateur National Championships
- Winner (2011)
- Summerfest Strongman
- Winner (2011)
- West Cary Fall Festival of Power
- Winner (2011)