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Braun Strowman Stands By Past Comments About Independent Wrestlers, Admits They Aged Poorly

He claims his words were taken out of context

After much of the world shut down at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, fans and much of the industry rallied together to raise funds for struggling independent wrestlers who suddenly found all of their upcoming shows had been cancelled for the foreseeable future. 

One man who criticised the fundraising, though, was Adam Scherr and the then-WWE Superstar received a backlash after he wrote: "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????!!!" 

While the man formerly known as Braun Strowman was lambasted at the time, he stood by his statement during a recent interview with Shakiel Mahjouri of CBS Sports, although The Titan admitted his words have aged poorly. 

"I still believe in it. In my opinion, people took it out of context. Did it age terribly? Absolutely. I made that comment months before the lockdown, before all of this stuff. Of course, everybody ran wild with it and tried to make more out of it than it really was for the clickbait. At the end of the day, it was motivational, in my opinion, what I was trying to talk about. Sometimes in life your goals and what you dream about, you can't do. That's the point, dry and simple. So many people, I think, have gotten complacent with putting their problems and making somebody else's theirs," Scherr began.

"Sometimes you need to control your own destiny. That's how it was with me in strongman. I was in the top five strongest guys on the planet. I loved it. I didn't want to leave the sport, but I couldn't pay my bills. So there comes a time when you have to realise what is an achievable and attainable goal for what you have to do to survive," he continued.

"That was how all that got taken out of context. Some people don't like it. Some people do. Either way, it doesn't bother me none. That's what I still believe. I've worked my butt off for everything I've ever gotten in my entire life. It was a motivational thing to tell people, 'Hey, sometimes this may not work out for you. Go and try something else. Look what can happen.' That's what it was for me. Look what I was doing. I took a chance and look what I made out of it."

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