WWE has hit Braun Strowman with a (storyline) suspension following his actions on this week's Monday Night Raw. The show opened with WWE official Adam Pearce asking all five members of Team Raw why they should get the next shot at Drew McIntyre's WWE Championship, and Strowman took exception to being asked last. He suddenly went into a fit of rage and headbutted Pearce, prompting him to be booted from the arena.
Pearce went on to book three No. 1 contender qualifying matches for later in the night, involving everybody from Team Raw (minus Strowman), Bobby Lashley and Randy Orton. "The Monster Among Men" was absent from the rest of the show, and WWE.com finally gave an update on Tuesday morning. According to them, Strowman has been suspended indefinitely.
By all indications, this suspension is merely part of a storyline. It was reported prior to Raw that WWE's plan for TLC was to have McIntyre defend his title against Strowman. A new No. 1 contender will be determined next week via a triple threat between AJ Styles, Keith Lee and Riddle.
Strowman quickly responded to the suspension.
Really? You’re gonna suspend me for what expecting what I’ve earned? Everyone and their brother knows what I’ve done to get here and I’ve more than earn a title opportunity. To hell with this place & all the backstage politics BULLSH**!!! #ImDoneFollowingOrders #EveryoneWillFall https://t.co/5AnZBLZkqu— Braun Strowman (@BraunStrowman) November 24, 2020
2020 has proven to be a wild year for "The Monster Among Men." He agreed to be Roman Reigns' last-minute substitution at WrestleMania 36 (after Reigns opted out of the event due to personal reasons) and promptly defeated Goldberg to begin his first reign as WWE Universal Champion. He then entered a months-long program with Bray Wyatt, one that eventually led to him turning back into a heel before losing the title to The Fiend at SummerSlam. He then started competing on Raw Underground before getting drafted back to the Red Brand.