Braun Strowman

Adam Scherr (born September 6, 1983) is an American professional wrestler, actor and former strongman currently signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Braun Strowman.

He is the winner of the 2018 Men's Money in the Bank contract, along with the titular match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, and is also a one-time Raw Tag Team Champion with Nicholas. Strowman has headlined many pay-per-view events, including the 2017 editions of SummerSlam and Survivor Series. He holds the record for most eliminations in a single Elimination Chamber match with five, most eliminations in a single Royal Rumble match with 13, and is tied for the most eliminations in a single Survivor Series elimination match with four. Upon debuting on the main roster, Strowman was associated with the villainous stable The Wyatt Family, wearing a black sheep mask and being physically dominant. Throughout his appearances with WWE, Strowman has been portrayed as an unstoppable monster.[3]

Braun Strowman
Braun March 2018
Strowman in March 2018
BornSeptember 6, 1983 (age 35)
Sherrills Ford, North Carolina, United States
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Braun Stowman
Braun Strowman
Billed height6 ft 8 in (203 cm)[1]
Billed weight385 lb (175 kg)[1]
Trained byWWE Performance Center
DebutDecember 19, 2014[2]

Early life

Adam Scherr was born on September 6, 1983, in Sherrills Ford, North Carolina.[4] His father, Rick "Crusher" Scherr, is widely regarded as one of the greatest slow-pitch softball players of all time,[5][6][7] and is a USSSA Hall of Fame member who still holds the All Time World Series records in home runs (101), hits (166), and RBIs (202).[8] Scherr has a younger sister named Hannah.[9] As he grew older, he spent time in Arkansas and Tennessee. As a teen, he attended Bandys High School, where he was on the football, track and field, and wrestling teams. He went through a significant growth spurt in high school; he was 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) during his freshman year and grew to 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) by the time he graduated.[10] After graduating in 2001, he "goofed off" until 2003, when he enrolled in a community college. He spent the next four years playing football semi-professionally for the Hickory Hornets, supplementing his income by working as a doorman and mechanic. Scherr attended the NFL Scouting Combine in 2007, but he ultimately did not turn professional. In the late 2000s, he began competing in amateur strongman competitions.[11][12][13]

Strongman career

Competition record
Strongman
Representing  United States
Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships
1st 2012
Central GA Strongest Man
1st 2011
Europa Battle of Champions
1st 2010
Monster of the Midland
1st 2010
NAS US Amateur National Championships
1st 2011
Summerfest Strongman
1st 2011
West Cary Fall Festival of Power
1st 2011

Scherr earned his Strongman Corporation (ASC) Professional Card by winning the NAS US Amateur National Championships on November 5, 2011.[14] He won the 2012 Arnold Amateur Strongman Championships on March 4, which took place during the Arnold Sports Festival alongside the 2012 Arnold Strongman Classic.[15] This victory earned Scherr an invite to the 2013 Arnold Strongman Classic.[15] He competed in the SCL North American Championships on July 8, 2012, finishing in 5th place overall as well as competing in the Giants Live Poland event on July 21, finishing in 7th place overall.[16]

Professional wrestling career

WWE

Training (2013–2015)

Scherr signed a contract with the professional wrestling promotion WWE in early 2013 and was assigned to the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida, where he adopted the ring name Braun Stowman (with the first name a reference to Milwaukee Brewers left fielder Ryan Braun).[17] In 2014, he made appearances as one of Adam Rose's "Rosebuds" in his Exotic Express gimmick.[18][19] He made his professional wrestling debut at an NXT live event in Jacksonville, Florida on December 19, 2014, defeating Chad Gable.[2] On June 2, 2015, Stowman appeared at a Main Event taping in a dark match, where he defeated an unidentified wrestler.[20]

The Wyatt Family (2015–2016)

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Strowman as part of The Wyatt Family in January 2016

On the August 24 episode of Raw, Scherr, under the tweaked ring name Braun Strowman,[21] made his main roster debut by attacking Dean Ambrose and Roman Reigns and establishing himself as the newest member of The Wyatt Family alongside Bray Wyatt, Luke Harper and Erick Rowan. [22][23] Strowman had his first televised singles match on the August 31 episode of Raw, when he defeated Ambrose by disqualification.[24] Strowman wrestled in his first WWE pay-per-view event match on September 20 at Night of Champions, where The Wyatt Family defeated Ambrose, Reigns and Chris Jericho in a six-man tag team match after Jericho passed out to Strowman's lifting arm triangle choke.[25] On December 13 at TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs, The Wyatt Family defeated The ECW Originals (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley (collectively known as The Dudley Boyz), Rhyno and Tommy Dreamer) in an eight-man tag team elimination tables match.[26]

On January 24, 2016, Strowman appeared at the Royal Rumble and scored among the most eliminations in the Royal Rumble match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, eliminating five opponents before being eliminated by Brock Lesnar, only to return to the match and helping his fellow Wyatt Family members to eliminate Lesnar.[27] Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter wrote that Strowman was "put over as a monster" in the match.[28] On February 21 at Fastlane, The Wyatt Family lost to the team of Big Show, Kane and Ryback,[29] but they got their win back the next night on Raw in a rematch.[30] Strowman appeared on April 3 at WrestleMania 32 during The Rock and John Cena's confrontation with The Wyatt Family.[31] The Wyatt Family were originally scheduled to face The League of Nations on May 1 at Payback,[32][33] but the match was cancelled after Wyatt suffered a legitimate injury.[34] In July, The Wyatt Family began a feud with the WWE Tag Team Champions The New Day,[35][36] which saw them defeating The New Day in a six-man tag team match on July 24 at Battleground.[37]

Undefeated streak (2016–2017)

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Strowman in September 2016

As part of the 2016 WWE draft, Strowman was drafted to the Raw brand while Bray Wyatt and Erick Rowan were drafted to SmackDown instead, Strowman separated from The Wyatt Family and beginning his singles career.[38] On the following weeks on Raw, Strowman appeared with a modified appearance and defeated James Ellsworth and several other local wrestlers who put up no challenge.[39][40] On the September 5 episode of Raw, Sin Cara challenged Strowman due to him disrespecting luchadores, but he lost by countout and by pinfall in the following weeks.[41][42] On the October 17 episode of Raw, Strowman was confronted by Sami Zayn after easily defeating three local competitors in a one-on-three handicap match.[43] Strowman was scheduled to compete against Zayn the following week on Raw, but the match never started as both men attacked each other before the bell rang.[44] On the October 31 episode of Raw, Strowman won a battle royal by last eliminating Zayn for a spot on Team Raw for the traditional Survivor Series five-on-five elimination match.[45][46] At the event on November 20, Strowman eliminated Dean Ambrose, but he was the first man to be eliminated from Team Raw after being counted out due to interference by James Ellsworth, who was put through a table after being chased up the entrance ramp by Strowman.[47] Team Raw later lost the match.[48] On the December 13 episode of Raw, Raw General Manager Mick Foley announced a match between Strowman and Zayn for Roadblock: End of the Line on December 18,[49] being announced as a ten-minute time limit match in which Strowman had ten minutes to defeat Zayn, which Strowman was unable to do.[50] The following night on Raw, Strowman demanded a match against Zayn, but Foley had given Zayn the night off which prompted Strowman to attack Sin Cara and Titus O'Neil during their match and later attacked Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns during their match against Chris Jericho and Kevin Owens.[51] Strowman defeated Zayn in a Last Man Standing match on the January 2, 2017 episode of Raw to end their feud.[52]

On January 27 at the Royal Rumble, Strowman interfered during Kevin Owens and Roman Reigns' title match, helping Owens retain the Universal Championship.[53] Later that night, Strowman would enter 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.[54][55] On the January 30 episode of Raw, Strowman challenged for his first world championship when he took on Kevin Owens for the Universal Championship as he was granted the match by Foley after video proof of Owens promising Strowman a title match, which Strowman would go on to win by disqualification after Reigns interfered and attacked him.[56] Strowman then continued to demand better competition, easily defeating four local competitors and then being granted a match with Reigns at Fastlane[57] while also attacked him in his match against Samoa Joe, causing Joe to win.[58] At the event on March 5, Strowman faced Reigns in a losing effort, marking his first loss by pinfall.[59] At WrestleMania 33 in April, Strowman competed in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal, but failed to win.[60]

Universal Championship pursuits (2017–2018)

On the April 10 episode of Raw, Strowman continued his feud with Roman Reigns, attacking him and kayfabe injuring his shoulder.[61] Despite playing a villain, Strowman received a very positive fan response, partially due to the negative fan reaction of Reigns.[62] The two had a match at Payback, where Strowman defeated Reigns.[63] After the May 8 episode of Raw, WWE claimed that Strowman had a legitimate injury with a shattered elbow and would therefore be sidelined for about six months.[64] This also caused a change in the schedule, with the planned match between him and Brock Lesnar at Great Balls of Fire having to be scrapped. Strowman underwent surgery three days later in May 11.[65] However, Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported that while Strowman's elbow injury was indeed legitimate, it was minor, scheduled to sideline him for only two months, with WWE exaggerating it in order for him to make a surprise return "four months early".[66] On the June 19 episode of Raw, Strowman returned from injury, attacking Roman Reigns.[67] This led to an ambulance match at Great Balls of Fire, with Strowman winning.[68] At SummerSlam, Strowman would challenge for Lesnar's Universal Championship in a fatal-four-way match also involving Reigns and Samoa Joe in a losing effort.[69] Strowman faced Lesnar for the championship at No Mercy in September, but was unsuccessful once again.[70]

Strowman later became involved in The Miz's feud with the reformed stable The Shield,[71][72] leading to a five-on-three handicap TLC match at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs in October, with Strowman teaming with The Miz, Cesaro and Sheamus and Kane against Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Kurt Angle.[a][74] 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 would also go on to lose the match.[75] Strowman would return to Raw the following week, attacking The Miz and The Miztourage (Curtis Axel and Bo Dallas).[76] At Survivor Series in November, Strowman appeared as part of Team Raw, defeating Team SmackDown as Strowman and Triple H were the sole survivors of the team.[77] On the December 11 episode of Raw, Strowman fought Kane to a double countout in a match to determine the number one contender to the Universal Championship on January 28, 2018 at the Royal Rumble leading to the match being changed to a triple threat match involving also Kane and Lesnar.[78] At the event, Strowman would be unsuccessful in winning.[79] The next night on Raw, Strowman defeated Kane in Last Man Standing match to qualify for the Elimination Chamber match at the titular pay-per-view to determine the number one contender for the Universal Championship.[80] At the event on February 25, Strowman eliminated The Miz, Elias, John Cena, Finn Bálor and Seth Rollins (setting the new record for the most eliminations in a single Elimination Chamber match), but in the end he was eliminated by Roman Reigns.[81]

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Strowman after winning the Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 34 in April 2018

On the March 12 episode of Raw, Strowman, despite lacking a partner, won a tag team battle royal to determine the number one contenders for the Raw Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 34. Raw General Manager Kurt Angle allowed Strowman to challenge for the titles, under the provision he choose a partner at the event.[82] At the event on April 8, Strowman chose a young fan in attendance named Nicholas to be his partner (in reality, son of referee John Cone).[83] The duo then defeated champions Cesaro and Sheamus, winning his first championship in WWE and making Nicholas the youngest champion of any kind in WWE history.[84] The following night on Raw, Strowman and Nicholas relinquished the titles due to Nicholas' "scheduling conflict" (school).[85] On April 27 at the Greatest Royal Rumble in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Strowman won the namesake match and in doing so broke the record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 13, beating Roman Reigns' previous record of 12.[86][87]

From April to August, Strowman feuded with Kevin Owens. He and Bobby Lashley defeated Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn at Backlash,[88] and won the Money in the Bank ladder match at the namesake pay-per-view on June 17.[89] At Extreme Rules, Owens defeated Strowman in a Steel cage match after Strowman performed a chokeslam off the cage through an announce table on Owens, thereby giving Owens the win as his feet touched the floor first, per the rules.[90] At SummerSlam, Strowman defeated Owens in a singles match with his Money in the Bank contract on the line in two minutes.[91] Later in the night, Strowman announced he would be cashing in on the winner of the main event and challenging them after the match. However, then-reigning Universal Champion Brock Lesnar attacked Strowman during his match with Roman Reigns, leaving Strowman unable to cash in when Reigns won the title after pinning Lesnar.[92]

Various feuds (2018–present)

Strowman would attempt another cash-in on Reigns, the new champion, the next night on Raw, but was stopped by The Shield, who attacked Strowman before the match became official.[93] Strowman then formed an alliance with Dolph Ziggler and Drew McIntyre by helping them attack The Shield, thus turning heel.[94] At Hell in a Cell in September, Strowman would cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase on Reigns, but due to interference from Brock Lesnar, the match ended in a no contest.[95] At Super Show-Down on October 6, Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre faced The Shield in a losing effort,[96] before defeating them two days later on Raw.[97] However, on the October 15 episode of Raw, Strowman, Ziggler and McIntyre lost to The Shield once again after McIntyre accidentally kicked Strowman during the match. Afterwards, Strowman powerslammed Ziggler before being attacked by McIntyre, dissolving their partnership and turning Strowman face once again.[98]

At Crown Jewel in November, Strowman lost to Lesnar after a pre-match attack by Raw General Manager Baron Corbin.[99] Later that month at Survivor Series, Strowman was again attacked by Corbin, along with McIntyre and Bobby Lashley, after Team Raw defeated Team SmackDown in the traditional tag team elimination match.[100] The following night on Raw Strowman would again be attacked by Corbin, Lashley and McIntyre. This was to write him off television, as WWE revealed that Strowman was suffering an legit elbow injury, which would require surgery.[101] Strowman returned at TLC in December, where he defeated Corbin in a Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match to earn a Universal Championship match against Brock Lesnar at the Royal Rumble and Corbin was stripped of all authoritative power.[102] On the January 14, 2019 episode of Raw, he was removed from the Universal Championship match since he wasn't medicaly cleared to compete.[103] However, he instead participated in the Royal Rumble match, being the last eliminated by the eventual winner Seth Rollins.[104] In February, Strowman continued his feud with Corbin, leading to a no-disqualification match at Elimination Chamber, which Strowman lost after interference from McIntyre and Lashley.[105] However, the following night on Raw, Strowman defeated Corbin in a tables match.[106]

Strowman then got involved in a storyline with Colin Jost and Michael Che of Saturday Night Live (SNL) fame. On the March 4 episode of Raw, the SNL duo appeared and were announced as special correspondents for WrestleMania 35. They were then involved in a backstage segment with Strowman, where Jost questioned the legitimacy of professional wrestling, resulting in Strowman attacking him. On the March 18 episode of Raw, Strowman announced his participation in the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He challenged the duo to also enter the battle royal, which was made official by WrestleMania 35 host Alexa Bliss.[107][108] The match, which would take place on the kickoff show, saw Strowman emerge victorious after last eliminating Jost. Strowman broke another record, of most eliminations in that particular match as well.[109]

Personal life

Scherr is an avid hunter, angler, camper, and outdoorsman. He supports the Green Bay Packers.[110]

Other media

Film

Year Title Role
2016 Three Count Strongman
2018 Holmes & Watson Brawn

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The World's Strongest Man Competitor Episode: "The Qualifiers: Kartuzy, Poland"
2018 Dus Ka Dum Himself

Video games

Year Title Note
2016 WWE 2K17 His video game debut[111]
2017 WWE 2K18 [112]
2018 WWE 2K19 [113]

Championships and accomplishments

Professional wrestling

Strength athletics

Notes

  1. ^ Kurt Angle replaced Roman Reigns, who was unable to compete due to an illness concern.[73]

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Chokeslam

A chokeslam is a type of body slam in professional wrestling, in which a wrestler grasps an opponent's neck, lifts them up, and slams them to the mat. It is common in televised wrestling because it is simple and relatively safe, yet looks powerful on camera. The chokeslam is typically used as a finisher by large wrestlers, further enhancing its perception as a powerful maneuver. This maneuver can be more damaging if the victim is slammed into an object, such as a table, steel chair, or garbage can. It is a common move performed by taller and bigger wrestlers.

The most common variety of chokeslam is performed with a single-handed choke. The wrestler places their free hand behind the opponent's back to help turn them horizontally for the throw. Although a chokeslam begins with a "choke", it is not usually considered to be an illegal move. The single arm choke that normally precedes a chokeslam is known as a goozle.

The chokeslam was innovated by Paul Heyman for use by the wrestler 911, though one of the earliest accounts of the move dates back to a 19th-century recounting that describes Abraham Lincoln (himself a wrestler in his youth) using a technique very similar in description. It is often used by large, powerful wrestlers such as The Undertaker, Kane, The Big Show, Abyss, The Great Khali, Vader and Braun Strowman. This is because a larger, taller wrestler will be able to deliver a much higher, more impressive chokeslam than most smaller wrestlers. Their height and/or larger frames can also give them extra time to correct a botch if something goes wrong. However, some smaller wrestlers and even female performers have used the chokeslam, including Lacey Von Erich, The Hurricane, among others.

Elimination Chamber (2018)

Elimination Chamber (2018) (also known as No Escape (2018) in Germany) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw brand. It took place on February 25, 2018, at T-Mobile Arena in the Las Vegas Valley, in Paradise, Nevada. It was the eighth event under the Elimination Chamber chronology and the final Raw-exclusive pay-per-view under the second brand split as following WrestleMania 34, all WWE pay-per-views became dual-branded, featuring wrestlers from both the Raw and SmackDown brands. The 2018 event was also the first to feature a seven-man Elimination Chamber match, the first event to include a women's Elimination Chamber match, and the first Raw-exclusive pay-per-view since the 2016 reintroduction of the brand extension to not feature any cruiserweight division matches.

Six matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, Roman Reigns won the first-ever seven-man Elimination Chamber match to become the number one contender against Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at WrestleMania 34. On the undercard, Alexa Bliss retained the Raw Women's Championship in the first-ever women's Elimination Chamber match, and Asuka defeated Nia Jax to extend her undefeated streak and to keep Jax from being added to her WrestleMania 34 championship match. The event was also notable for Ronda Rousey signing her Raw contract, where she had a confrontation with Chief Operating Officer Triple H and Raw Commissioner Stephanie McMahon, which was the former's first appearance since the night after Survivor Series.

Hell in a Cell (2018)

Hell in a Cell (2018) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on September 16, 2018, at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. It was the tenth event under the Hell in a Cell chronology.

Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. The main event, which was a Universal Championship Hell in a Cell match between defending champion Roman Reigns and Braun Strowman with special guest referee Mick Foley, ended in a no-contest after previous champion Brock Lesnar appeared and attacked both men, rendering them unable to continue. This was also Strowman's Money in the Bank cash-in match. In the other Hell in a Cell match, which opened the main show, Randy Orton defeated Jeff Hardy. Other prominent matches included AJ Styles controversially retaining the WWE Championship against Samoa Joe, Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair to win her record tying second SmackDown Women's Championship, and Ronda Rousey retained the Raw Women's Championship against Alexa Bliss.

Kata gatame

Kata-Gatame (肩固) is one of the seven mat holds, Osaekomi-waza, of Kodokan Judo. It is also one of the 25 techniques of Danzan Ryu's constriction arts, Shimete, list. In grappling terms, it is categorized as a side control hold. Primarily used as a hold down in Judo, it is mostly used as a choke in Jiu-Jitsu and mixed martial arts (also called arm triangle choke). WWE wrestler Braun Strowman and former Impact Wrestling Superstar, Samuel Shaw use this move as their finishing maneuver.

List of WWE Network events

The following is a list of WWE Network events, detailing all professional wrestling cards promoted on the WWE Network by WWE. For lists of all non in-ring programming, see WWE Network programming.

WWE has been broadcasting pay-per-view events since the 1980s, when its classic "Big Four" events (Royal Rumble, WrestleMania, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series) were first established. However, the company's pay-per-view business began to drastically change with the launch of the WWE Network on February 24, 2014. While most of the WWE events still air in many parts of the world on traditional pay-per-view channels, WWE's focus has shifted away from delivering their events on pay-per-view channels. Their main focus now is delivering all of the events on the WWE Network, including some that are exclusively on the Network. WWE has pushed the Network's launching price of $9.99 USD as a way to lure potential customers away from traditional pay-per-view which, on average, costs five to six times as much (in the United States) as the Network. The WWE Network also features the back catalog of WWE, WCW, and ECW pay-per-view events, as well as all WWE Network events from NXT Arrival onwards in their on-demand section. All WWE Network events that have aired since the launch of the Network have been broadcast in high-definition.Currently WWE events are typically 4 hours in length. WrestleMania events are approximately 5 hours in length. WWE airs a pre-show before each Network event known as Kickoff. Each Kickoff includes matches, interviews, and a panel of experts previewing the upcoming line-up. The Kickoff pre-show began as a 30-minute show before expanding to 1 hour, beginning with Night of Champions in September 2014. The "Big Four" Kickoff shows are the longest, at 2 hours. WWE occasionally airs a post-show after some Network events. Originally known as Fallout, and later known as Raw Talk and Talking Smack during the brand-only events, each post-show includes interviews and a panel of experts analyzing the event. The post-shows vary in length.The NXT TakeOver events began at 2 hours in length before expanding to 2 and a 1/2 hours, beginning with TakeOver: Brooklyn in 2015. TakeOver: New Orleans was the longest at 3 hours. Each TakeOver pre-show includes interviews and a panel of experts previewing the upcoming line-up. The TakeOver pre-shows are typically 30-minutes in length while some have been 1 hour, beginning with TakeOver: San Antonio in 2017. WWE also occasionally aired a post-show after TakeOver events known as TakeOver Fallout. Each TakeOver Fallout included interviews and a panel of experts analyzing the event. The Fallout post-shows varied in length.

Money in the Bank (2018)

Money in the Bank (2018) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on June 17, 2018, at the Allstate Arena in the Chicago suburb of Rosemont, Illinois. It was the ninth event under the Money in the Bank chronology. Beginning with this event, all WWE pay-per-views have been expanded to four hours in length, a length previously reserved only for the three of the "big four" events (Royal Rumble, SummerSlam, and Survivor Series), with the exception of WrestleMania, which runs for five hours.The card comprised eleven matches, including one match on the pre-show. In the main event, Braun Strowman won the men's Money in the Bank ladder match, while Alexa Bliss won the women's Money in the Bank ladder match. Bliss cashed in her contract later in the night to win the Raw Women's Championship from Nia Jax after causing a disqualification in the previous title match between Ronda Rousey and Jax. On the undercard, AJ Styles retained the WWE Championship against Shinsuke Nakamura in a Last Man Standing match, and Carmella retained the SmackDown Women's Championship against Asuka with help from the returning James Ellsworth.

No Mercy (2017)

No Mercy (2017) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for the Raw brand. It took place on September 24, 2017, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the thirteenth event and the final event under No Mercy chronology.

Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to retain the Universal Championship. In another marquee match, Roman Reigns defeated John Cena. On the undercard, Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins defeated Cesaro and Sheamus to retain the Raw Tag Team Championship and Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley, Emma, Nia Jax, and Sasha Banks in a fatal five-way match to retain the Raw Women's Championship.

Payback (2017)

Payback (2017) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for the Raw brand. It took place on April 30, 2017 at the SAP Center in San Jose, California. It was the fifth and final event in the Payback chronology. Due to the Superstar Shake-up, the event included two interbrand matches with SmackDown wrestlers.

Eight matches were contested at the event, including one match on the pre-show. In the main event, Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns. On the undercard, Bray Wyatt defeated Randy Orton in a House of Horrors match and Seth Rollins defeated Samoa Joe to end his undefeated streak since joining the main roster. The event also saw two titles change hands: Chris Jericho defeated Kevin Owens to win back the United States Championship, thus transferring Jericho to the SmackDown brand, and Alexa Bliss defeated Bayley to win the Raw Women's Championship, becoming the first woman to hold both the Raw Women's Championship and SmackDown Women's Championship.

Roman Reigns

Leati Joseph "Joe" Anoaʻi (born May 25, 1985) is an American professional wrestler, actor, and a former professional gridiron football player. He is part of the Anoaʻi family and is currently signed to WWE as a member of the SmackDown brand under the ring name Roman Reigns.

After playing college football for Georgia Tech, Anoaʻi started his professional football career with brief off-season stints with the Minnesota Vikings and Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) in 2007. He then played a full season for the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Edmonton Eskimos in 2008 before his release and retirement from football. He then pursued a career in professional wrestling and was signed by WWE in 2010, reporting to their developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). As Roman Reigns, he made his main roster debut in November 2012 alongside Dean Ambrose and Seth Rollins as The Shield. The trio teamed together until June 2014, after which Reigns entered singles competition.

Reigns is a four-time world champion in WWE, having held the WWE World Heavyweight Championship three times and the Universal Championship once. He is also a one-time United States Champion, a one-time Intercontinental Champion, a one-time WWE Tag Team Champion (with Rollins), the 2015 Royal Rumble winner, and the 2014 Superstar of the Year. He tied the WWE record for most eliminations in a Survivor Series elimination match with four in the 2013 event and set the then-record for most eliminations in a Royal Rumble match with 12 in the 2014 event. Upon winning the Intercontinental Championship, he became the twenty-eighth Triple Crown Champion and the seventeenth Grand Slam Champion.

Since 2014, WWE has attempted to establish Reigns as their next "face of the company", which has been met with audience disapproval. Reigns has headlined numerous WWE pay-per-view events, including four straight WrestleManias (31, 32, 33 and 34).

Royal Rumble (2018)

Royal Rumble (2018) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE featuring wrestlers primarily from the Raw and SmackDown brands, as well as surprise appearances from competitors on the NXT brand. It took place on January 28, 2018, at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was the thirty-first event under the Royal Rumble chronology, the first to include a women's Royal Rumble match, and consequently, two Royal Rumble matches.Nine matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. In the main event, Asuka won the first-ever women's Royal Rumble match, which was also the second women's match to main event a WWE pay-per-view, and the first to main event one of WWE's "Big Four" pay-per-views. The men's Royal Rumble match was won by Shinsuke Nakamura. Other prominent matches included Brock Lesnar retaining the Universal Championship in a triple threat match against Braun Strowman and Kane, and AJ Styles retained the WWE Championship against Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn in a handicap match. The event was also notable for the surprise debut of former UFC star Ronda Rousey following the women's match, officially confirming that she had signed full-time with WWE.

Royal Rumble (2019)

Royal Rumble (2019) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on January 27, 2019, at Chase Field in Phoenix, Arizona. It was the thirty-second event promoted under the Royal Rumble chronology.

Ten matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. In the main event, Seth Rollins won the men's Royal Rumble match, while Becky Lynch won the women's Royal Rumble match after losing her SmackDown Women's Championship match against Asuka in the opening match. Other prominent matches included Brock Lesnar retaining the Universal Championship against Finn Bálor, Daniel Bryan defeating AJ Styles to retain the WWE Championship, and Ronda Rousey defeating Sasha Banks to retain the Raw Women's Championship.

The event featured the return of Jeff Jarrett, who competed in his first WWE match since the 1999 No Mercy.

Survivor Series (2017)

Survivor Series (2017) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for the Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on November 19, 2017, at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas. It was the thirty-first event under the Survivor Series chronology. The theme of the event was brand supremacy, and every match of the main card involved wrestlers of the Raw brand facing wrestlers of the SmackDown brand.

Ten matches were contested at the event, including three on the pre-show. The card was highlighted by two traditional Survivor Series elimination matches: Team Raw's men defeated Team SmackDown's in the main event, and Team Raw's women also defeated Team SmackDown's. The champions of each brand faced their counterparts in non-title matches; except for SmackDown's WWE Champion AJ Styles, who lost to Raw's Universal Champion Brock Lesnar, all SmackDown champions were victorious. Also on the main card, Raw's The Shield defeated SmackDown's The New Day in their first pay-per-view match together since Payback in 2014. Raw won brand supremacy by winning four of the seven matches on the main card. On the pre-show, Enzo Amore successfully defended the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Kalisto, which was the only title to be defended.

Survivor Series (2018)

Survivor Series (2018) was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on November 18, 2018 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. It was the thirty-second event promoted under the Survivor Series chronology. The theme of the event was brand supremacy, where all but one match involved wrestlers of the Raw brand facing wrestlers of the SmackDown brand.

Eight matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. The card was highlighted by two traditional Survivor Series elimination matches: Raw's men's and women's teams were victorious over SmackDown's. In the main event, Raw's Universal Champion Brock Lesnar defeated SmackDown's WWE Champion Daniel Bryan. Also on the card, Raw Women's Champion Ronda Rousey defeated SmackDown's Charlotte Flair via disqualification and Buddy Murphy retained the WWE Cruiserweight Championship against Mustafa Ali in the only title defense on the card, as well as the only non-interpromotional match. Raw won brand supremacy clean sweeping SmackDown in all six interpromotional matches on the main card. Team SmackDown's lone win occurred on the kickoff show, victorious over Team Raw in the 10-on-10 tag team elimination match.

WWE Crown Jewel

WWE Crown Jewel was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event promoted by WWE for their Raw and SmackDown brands. It took place on November 2, 2018, at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The event was the second event WWE held in Saudi-Arabia and hosted the first-ever WWE World Cup tournament "to determine the best in the world". It also marked the in-ring return of Shawn Michaels, who retired in 2010, as well as the return of Hulk Hogan—who had not appeared on WWE television since a 2015 scandal—who served as the event's host.

The card comprised twelve matches, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, D-Generation X (Triple H and Shawn Michaels) defeated The Brothers of Destruction (The Undertaker and Kane). In the penultimate match, Shane McMahon defeated Dolph Ziggler to win the WWE World Cup after replacing The Miz, who was ruled unable to compete after originally qualifying for the final. In other prominent matches, The Bar retained the SmackDown Tag Team Championship against The New Day, AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe to retain the WWE Championship, and Brock Lesnar defeated Braun Strowman to win the vacant Universal Championship for a record second time.

Due to the controversy surrounding the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, WWE faced harsh criticism for continuing on with the event despite the killing and was asked to stop its business ventures in Saudi Arabia by multiple parties. The controversy also led to the company's top babyfaces, John Cena and Daniel Bryan, boycotting the show. The event itself was met with generally negative reviews from critics and fans alike, with heavy criticism being reserved for both the quality of the Universal Title match and the booking of World Cup final.

WWE Great Balls of Fire

WWE Great Balls of Fire was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event produced by WWE for the Raw brand. It took place on July 9, 2017 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.The event's title referenced a Jerry Lee Lewis song of the same name, which was ultimately used as the event's theme song. Jerry Lawler stated that his personal attorney, who also represents Lewis, had asked him about pursuing legal action over the title, but that he "called them and got everything worked out", including securing rights to use the song itself as part of the event. The name received negative criticism on social media.Nine matches were contested at the event, including one on the pre-show. In the main event, Brock Lesnar defeated Samoa Joe to retain the Universal Championship. On the undercard, Braun Strowman defeated Roman Reigns in an ambulance match, Bray Wyatt defeated Seth Rollins, and Cesaro and Sheamus retained the Raw Tag Team Championship against The Hardy Boyz in a 30-minute Iron Man match.

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble

WWE Greatest Royal Rumble was a professional wrestling pay-per-view event and WWE Network event promoted by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. The event was the first in a series of WWE in Saudi Arabia events. The event was held on April 27, 2018 at the King Abdullah Sports City's King Abdullah International Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The event was scheduled for 7:00 p.m. local time. It aired live in the United States at noon EDT, with a pre-show starting at 11 a.m. EDT. At the event, all men's main roster championships were defended, in addition to a 50-man Royal Rumble match.The card comprised ten matches. In the main event, Braun Strowman won the Greatest Royal Rumble match. On the undercard, Brock Lesnar retained the Universal Championship against Roman Reigns in a steel cage match, and the WWE Championship match between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura resulted in a double countout, The Undertaker defeated Rusev in a casket match, and John Cena defeated Triple H in the opening match.

WWE Mixed Match Challenge

WWE Mixed Match Challenge, also known simply as Mixed Match Challenge, is a seasonal professional wrestling web television series and tournament produced by WWE, where all matches are mixed tag team matches. Like all professional wrestling events, it is based on scripted storylines and its outcomes are predetermined. The 12-episode first season premiered on January 16, 2018 on Facebook Watch. Each episode was 20-25 minutes in length and featured one match. The show filled WWE's 10:00pm ET timeslot previously held by 205 Live. Following the show's premiere, 205 Live began to air at 10:20pm ET. On September 4, 2018, WWE announced a second season of Mixed Match Challenge, with the season premiering on September 18 immediately following SmackDown Live. Season 2 consisted of 13 30-minute episodes, with each featuring two matches. Episodes of season 2 aired at 10:00pm ET, with a weekly pre-show that started at 9:50pm ET.

WWE Super Show-Down

WWE Super Show-Down was a professional wrestling pay-per-view (PPV) event and WWE Network event, produced by WWE for their Raw, SmackDown, and 205 Live brands. It took place on October 6, 2018, at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in Melbourne, Australia.Ten matches were contested at the event. In the main event, Triple H defeated The Undertaker in a No Disqualification match that was billed as the "Last Time Ever". In the penultimate match, Daniel Bryan defeated The Miz to earn a WWE Championship match. In other prominent matches, The Shield defeated Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler, and Drew McIntyre, AJ Styles defeated Samoa Joe by submission in a no countout, no disqualification match to retain the WWE Championship, and Buddy Murphy defeated Cedric Alexander to win the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.

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