The Braun Strowman-sized hole in WWE Raw’s heart will be filled just in time for a marquee matchup at a marquee event.

A hunt for the Universal Championship, the pursuit of revenge and the discovery of a new enemy will highlight the powerhouse’s return once he recovers from elbow surgery. And that comeback can’t happen soon enough.

Strowman was easily the best part of Raw each week. The Monster Among Men spent the past few months terrorizing the red brand’s roster, becoming its most entertaining entity. 

But a bad wing halted his moment in a hurry.

He suddenly had to scamper back into his den to heal. Roman Reigns cracked a steel chair against Strowman’s body as a means to write the big man off TV.

Reports surfaced that Strowman was dealing with an elbow issue and needed surgery. WWE confirmed the news on its official website, noting that he could miss up to six months of action.

Strowman promised to improve upon his return. “This surgery is just a minor speed bump. I will return bigger, stronger, faster and even more dangerous than ever,” he posted on Instagram.

When will we get to see that upgraded version of Strowman? What lies ahead for him when he’s back to flinging human beings through the air? Read on for projections about Strowman’s return.


The six months WWE told us we would be without Strowman may not a real number. 

Dave Meltzer noted on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Alex Pawlowski of Fightful) that the reported recovery timeline isn’t legitimate. Apparently, he’s expected to be back after closer to two months away from the ring. 

That would open the door for him to charge back just in time for one of WWE’s biggest events of the year—SummerSlam.

Ahead of the August 20 pay-per-view, Strowman can charge back onto the stage with hate in his eyes. His surprise arrival on Raw will be a major moment. 

Expect WWE to play up Strowman’s superman nature as he returns far earlier than the reported timeline. 


Brock Lesnar is clearly the best opponent for Strowman when he’s back. The former Wyatt Family member can get his vengeance on Reigns later; a money match at SummerSlam has to come first.

The Monster Among Men vs. The Beast Incarnate was a bout WWE looked to be building toward before the latter went under the knife.

Strowman’s roll saw him wipe out Kalisto, destroy a ring while battling Big Show and conquered Reigns at the Payback PPV. That victory over The Big Dog seemed to be a precursor to a clash with Lesnar, as WrestleView pointed out:

Before that, the two behemoths shared a tense moment on Raw.

On the first Raw after WrestleMania 32, Strowman confronted the universal champ. He told him he would eventually get his attention and glared the predator down as fans chanted “Braun! Braun!”

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