WWE's Braun Strowman has struck up a friendship with the Brewers and his namesake, Ryan Braun
I had pitched a bunch of different names to the company and they turned them all down. It got down to a time crunch and it's 'We need to figure something out' and we were sitting around the [WWE] Performance Center and 'SportsCenter' was on. They were talking about Ryan Braun and I was like, 'Braun. Braun ... that sounds pretty good!' Look at me; I'm 6'8'' and 385 pounds and Braun's pretty fitting.
It's fitting in other ways too, as the brawny 2011 National League MVP can still crush a baseball a long way, too.
However, Strowman (whose real name is Adam Scherr) didn't stop at simply taking Braun's name. With the help of the Brewers, he's snapped some pictures with the real Braun and taken time to go to the occasional game at Miller Park. Earlier in Spring Training this year, he met with several of the current Brewers as well:
Get these hands!!! pic.twitter.com/sp1wlyRLUg— Adam McCalvy (@AdamMcCalvy) February 20, 2018
The most recent visit also included a quick hype video alongside a Brewers trio that included
We can't be the only ones who would love to see Thames in the ring against Strowman.
Of course, there's another amusing twist to Strowman's ties to baseball. Strowman had already signed with WWE by May 2014, but that was when the similarly-named pitcher
Get those hands next, Strowman.
h/t Mark Townsend, Big League Stew
Andrew Mearns is a writer for Cut4 whose baseball obsession was born from the shattered dreams of Mike Mussina's perfect game attempt in 2001. He has a startling memory of World Series highlights that barely functions as a party trick.