Scott D’Amore almost quit TNA Wrestling over scrapped plans for Braun Strowman’s debut.
The report comes via Dave Meltzer, who noted in the February 9 Wrestling Observer Newsletter that plans to debut Strowman at the 2021 Bound For Glory pay-per-view - which would’ve been promoted as ‘Braun To Glory’ - were scrapped by TNA parent company Anthem Entertainment Group. Anthem believed that Braun was asking for a “too high” price and didn’t believe ‘The Monster of All Monsters’ would be a big difference maker business-wise.
Scott D’Amore, at the time still working as an Executive Vice President, is said to have threatened to quit when Anthem pulled the plug. He was eventually talked into remaining with the company and would be promoted to the role of President a little over a year thereafter.
News of Braun Strowman’s planned arrival in the then-IMPACT Wrestling isn’t groundbreaking, with it reported ahead of the aforementioned 2021 Bound For Glory that Braun had held talks with D’Amore. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that these talks lasted “a long time” but ultimately, he never crossed the line.
A shocking WWE release in the June 2, 2021 round of cuts, Braun Strowman enjoyed a brief independent run, during which he appeared on the final pre-Tony Khan Ring of Honor show and co-founded the controversial and short-lived Control The Narrative promotion with EC3.
Strowman returned to WWE in September 2022 as part of an influx of returning talent brought back under the Triple H regime. He is currently sidelined after undergoing neck fusion surgery.