Cageside Seats, citing multiple sources, is reporting Tuesday that the six-month timetable for Braun Strowman's return from elbow surgery may be WWE's way of throwing fans for a loop.
"Multiple sources indicate WWE’s six-month timeframe for Braun Strowman’s recovery from elbow surgery is a work, and he should be back in a couple months."
If that is the case, the reason for the worked number could be to ensure The Monster Among Men looks like a world-beater upon his return. After all, here is a Superstar who returned early from a shattered elbow, ready to wreak havoc and destroy anyone in his path.
It is actually an effective way of booking Strowman even as he sits on the sideline and watches championship opportunities originally meant for him go to his fellow Raw Superstars. It gives him a killer edge for when he returns and ensures he is able to maintain the momentum he had prior to the injury.
Dave Meltzer of Wrestling Observer Radio reported that Strowman was originally supposed to face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship at Great Balls of Fire in July.
Instead, he expects Lesnar to take on either Seth Rollins or Finn Balor before defending against Strowman at SummerSlam.
Strowman has been pushed as one of Raw's top heels and scored a victory over Reigns at WWE Payback.
With Strowman out of action, Reigns, Rollins, Balor, Bray Wyatt and Samoa Joe will compete in a Fatal 5-Way at Extreme Rules to determine Lesnar's next opponent.