Former Intercontinental Champion Braun Strowman is facing some heat from wrestling fans on Twitter after he seemed to be taking some unfair shots at independent wrestlers.
Because of quarantine regulations and concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, big wrestling promotions such as WWE and AEW have had to forgo live events. It’s even harder for independent wrestling and indie wrestlers who have found themselves having to cancel shows and appearances.
AEW’s Evil Uno addressed the issue on his Instagram and encouraged fans to support indie wrestlers. Shortly after, Strowman posted on his own Instagram what people seem to believe was a shot at Evil Uno’s post and a criticism of indie wrestlers. The post has since been deleted.
“Here we go with more of the ‘somebody pay for my bills’ stuff. If you can’t afford to pay your bills maybe you should change professions,” read the post.
“That’s why I quit strongman,” he continued. “I loved it, but I couldn’t afford to live so instead of making a go fund me or a Patreon wanting someone else to take care of me I went out and worked harder than I ever have in my life to get to where I am. What happened to being accountable for your own actions????!!!”
These comments were not well received. As you can see in the Tweets below.
Though he took down the post, Strowman doesn’t seem to be contrite going so far as Tweeting that he wasn’t getting paid due to the outbreak.
Strowman claims that he is a private contractor and he is not getting paid as he is not “working”.
While WWE stars are indeed “contractors”, their contracts are supposed to have a downside guarantee, so they should still be getting something from the WWE. This was pointed out to Strowman by wrestling reporter David Bixenspan.