Last weekend, we wrote about the heat on Braun Strowman for his comments on independent wrestlers who are struggling financially due to the coronavirus outbreak since they are losing out on money because of canceled shows. His comments did not sit well with fans and many people in the wrestling business.
It all started when AEW star Evil Uno asked fans to support their favorite wrestlers if they are financially able to. Uno wrote, “In the wake of all these cancellations, support the independents, be it wrestling, music, etc. Buy their merch, support them through Patreon, share their stuff. The gig economy is going to take a huge hit and many don’t have the safety net necessary to survive this.”
Strowman then responded with this message on his Instagram account: “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. That’s why I quit strongman. 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. For anyone that goes that’s easy fr you to say, you’re a WWE superstar, just an FYI 7 years ago I loved to FL (Florida) with everything I owned in a Kia Soul with $150 to my name when I started this.”
Dave Meltzer noted in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that friends in WWE talked to Strowman about what he said and he now regrets saying what he did. I was told that Strowman apologized for his comments. I don’t know if Strowman reached out directly to Evil Uno to apologize but he has deleted his comments.