Braun Strowman is one of the top male stars on WWE Raw after moving over during the draft, and apparently he’s a babyface now.
Usually, wrestlers turn babyface or heel in clearly-defined promos, segments, or matches where that momentum has been building. There are some notable exceptions, such as the Big Show, whose constant turning is a rib that the fans are in on. But nowadays in WWE, the promotion is starting to turn wrestlers face and heel at their convenience without much warning.
Take, for example, WWE Raw superstar Braun Strowman. If you ask the majority of wrestling fans, they would absolutely consider the man who beat Keith Lee with a low blow then justified it as a clean win last week to be a heel. There would be no argument there.
But according to PWInsider.com’s Mike Johnson, WWE considers Braun Strowman a babyface after quietly turning him babyface.
So Strowman is a face now. Got that? Braun Strowman. Babyface.
A babyface turn might help Braun Strowman on WWE Raw going forward
I guess that works out OK, because he’s a part of the Survivor Series team on Raw. Keith Lee, Riddle, and Strowman are the babyfaces, and then Sheamus and AJ Styles are the heels. And none of it seems to be working right now until it inevitably works at Survivor Series.
Strowman as a babyface will probably have more of an edge than anything else, which is good for him. In 2018, he was one of the most “over” wrestlers on Raw and seems to fit the three-hour show well. So as a babyface on Monday nights, Strowman should be able to click more with the audience than he did as a heel on SmackDown, where most of his work was forgettable.
It’s so hard to keep track of all these quiet turns. It’s fine for WWE to want to turn someone on a new show to balance out the rosters and make storylines fit, but it ends up being confusing for wrestling fans when we can’t see it develop before our eyes. And then we have to rely on reporting on who is a face or a heel, which can lead to even more questions.