Braun Strowman was interviewed this week on the WWE Network premiere of “Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia.”
Strowman explains why he agreed to do the WWE Chronicle on his real-life struggles, never before told stories about his relationship with Vince McMahon, his thoughts on his Universal Championship match at WrestleMania and much more.
Strowman talked about his depression: “It was a culmination of things going on in my life. The worst part about it was the beginning of last year. I went through a really bad breakup. My personal life was a mess and being a WWE Superstar, it is really hard to balance the road life and your personal life and that’s part of the reason the relationship did not work out. I got to a point where I felt like I wasn’t important at work, so I had no escape. My mind was all over the place and I was by myself. I just moved into this new house. It was the house of my dreams. I bought this beautiful house on the lake. I had been in there 6 or 7 months at that point and the only thing I had was a mattress on the floor in one of the rooms and a ringside chair sitting in the living room. I would get home from the road and something that was just weird was that I would just sit there in an empty living room for like 7 hours at a time and just sit there just because I couldn’t kick out from this funk I was in. When I went to Vince to talk about some stuff I was having problems with, it really pissed me off that the dirt sheets tried to spin this whole thing when I talked about this in the documentary that I wanted to commit suicide because I was mad at how I was being booked in WWE and that’s the complete total opposite end of it. WWE was my only thing positive I had in my life at that point. I was so mentally hard on myself with what was going on in my personal life that I started letting it affect my business life when in the grand scheme of things, I have the most amazing job on Earth. But I got to the point that I felt like a number in the system and I needed to address this.
I went in and talked to Vince and we sat down. I literally had a father/son conversation and he gave me this reassurance and this sense of wealth that I thought I didn’t have. I can’t thank him enough for taking the time as he has so much stuff going on. It gave me even more a friendship I have with him. I am forever indebted for him to take the time to give me this reassurance that said you are not just coming to work for no reason. You are coming to work because I need you here. I want you here. You are one of the reasons our show is successful. That’s what I needed to hear to give me that reassurance. I realized it’s not as bad as I think it is. It helped me kick out of that funk I was in my personal life. That was right after my uncle passed away so a lot of that spiraled me out of control. I realize that I have millions of people, kids, men, women, all around the world that look up to me and how selfish, not only for them, but to my family. I get it. Stuff gets hard in life and you think these thoughts. At the end of the day, it’s very selfish. People don’t think of the repercussions of what it does to other people and that was one of the biggest things of why I couldn’t do this. I can’t do this to myself because what will this do to my parents, my cousins, my friends, my fans around the world that look up to me and lean on me?”
If you use any portion of the quotes from this article please credit “Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia” podcast with a h/t to WrestlingNews.co for the transcription. The video version of this interview is available now on the WWE Network.