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WWE News: Baron Corbin on the physical toll of pro-wrestling, "rude awakening" in WWE

Johny Payne
2.30K   //    26 Mar 2018, 02:44 IST

Baron Corbin is incredibly appreciative about the efforts that go into building a WWE Superstar
Baron Corbin is incredibly appreciative of the efforts that go into building a WWE Superstar

What’s the story?

In an interview with Sky Sports, Baron Corbin opened up on a myriad of topics.

Corbin spoke about the physical toll a pro-wrestler takes, besides also recalling the rude awakening he received early in his WWE run.

In case you didn’t know…

Baron Corbin is a former pro football player and Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, who made the transition to professional wrestling about 6 years ago.

Corbin performed for the WWE’s NXT brand from 2012 until he was accorded a main roster call-up in mid-2016, following which he went to win the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.

The heart of the matter

Baron Corbin recalled that when he initially transitioned to the world of pro-wrestling/sports-entertainment, he thought he’d have it easy, and be on WWE’s main roster television programming with a year.

Corbin noted the fact that it took him three years of hard work in NXT, before finally making it to the WWE main roster. 'The Lone Wolf' added that he was indeed a bit arrogant in the beginning, however, upon realizing how much detail and hard work goes into building a WWE Superstar, he was in for a rude awakening that left him humbled.

Furthermore, Corbin also explained the mountainous physical toll that competition as a WWE Superstar takes on a performer—

"I would challenge anyone who thinks that what we do isn't taxing on your body. People see what we do and think it would be fun to try but I would challenge anyone to do what we do and show them how physically demanding it is—it deserves a lot more respect. The cool thing is that people have come in from UFC or from the NFL thinking that it's going to be easy. It instantly demands respect from them and it's really cool to be a part of seeing the realism of how much this can hurt set in."

What’s next?

Baron Corbin presently competes on the WWE’s SmackDown brand and, recently confirmed that he’ll be participating in this year’s Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal which takes place at WrestleMania 34 on April 8th.

The vast majority of professional wrestling experts believe that Corbin is likely to continue competing as a mid-card talent in the months to come.

Author’s take

Baron Corbin is a phenomenal athlete and, comes from a respectable combat sports & pro-football background.

However, Corbin seems to have suffered from a lack of intriguing storylines for his character and, could use a character revamp in order to propel him to greater heights of success in the years to come.

Besides, it’s great to see this talented Superstar humbled and appreciative of the efforts that go into making the WWE a success. 

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