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• Braun Strowman Reveals How He Caught WWE’s Attention

During an interview with WTMJ-TV Milwaukee, Braun Strowman talked about how it feels being a WWE star, what fascinated him about WWE and how he got WWE’s attention.

Below are the highlights:

On how it feels being a WWE star:

“It really is surreal. It’s happened so fast and taken off in such a positive way for my character, Braun Strowman with WWE. It’s a dream, I’m living a fairy tale right now to be honest. To see the work I’ve put in come across the screen, being able to relate to the fans, turned into video game characters, action figures. See my friends and family around the world playing with my toys. I’m a country boy with a cool job.”

On what fascinated him about WWE:

“As a child growing up, let’s be honest what young boy doesn’t want to be a WWE Superstar? You watch it, it’s intoxicating, you see the crowd, the cheering, the larger than life characters. Being able to step into that world now, coming in from the Strongman side before, I would get to compete in front of 1,000, maybe 3,000-5,000 people at the most. And I fed off the crowd, the louder they cheered the stronger I would be. I thought, ‘Man, I really, really liked that’ and WWE approached me and offered me a deal. I was like ‘Man, I really like Strongman, but I’m struggling to pay the bills, I’m struggling to feed myself, and I know WWE will be financially a better decision.’ It’s also a platform for me to step out, shine, and show the world my passion and drive.”

On how he caught WWE’s attention:

“I won the Arnold Amateur World Championship in 2012 and that’s the first time WWE saw me. I met Mark Henry a couple times and we talked. I came out and dominated not only the performance, but hammed it up with the crowd, rippin’ my shirt off – doing the whole deal – and having the whole place in a frenzy. It caught their eye and lo and behold here we are today.”

• Big Name Removed From The 50 Man Royal Rumble Match

Old School WWF Legend Kane has been removed from the 50 man Royal Rumble match at the Greatest Royal Rumble event (on April 27th).

While no official reason has been given, it should be noted that Kane has his Knox County mayor election on May 1st.

• Champion Switches Brand During Superstar Shakeup

On tonight’s Superstar Shakeup edition of SmackDown Live, new United States Champion Jeff Hardy switched brands and became a member of the SmackDown Live roster.

Hardy faced Shelton Benjamin in a singles match and put Shelton away after hitting a Twist of Fate followed by the Swanton Bomb.

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