It was no secret that some NXT stars were going to be called up to the main roster this past week on Monday Night Raw, it’s something we’ve witnessed over the past couple of years and this year was no different.
On Raw we had Enzo Amore and Big Cass made their eagerly anticipated debuts, Apollo Crews made the quick jump to the main roster on the same night while The Vaudevillians made their main roster debuts this week on SmackDown.
However, it was the debut of Baron Corbin at WrestleMania that left the fans talking. On Friday night he lost to Austin Aries in a fantastic match at NXT TakeOver: Dallas, and on Sunday night he threw Kane over the top rope to win the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal with his name now etched on the trophy alongside Cesaro and The Big Show.
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The huge win marks the official main roster call-up for the Lone Wolf and after spending so much time on NXT – without becoming the champion – the WWE should look to capitalise on his impressive look and make him a star on the main roster.
At one stage that looked nearly impossible, he went from five second squash matches which the fans grew tired of to turning into a no-nonsense heel and he’s become the most improved star in all of the WWE over the past year.
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The key thing for Corbin is that he needs a good first feud under his belt, easing him in so that he ends up more like Kevin Owens, and less like Tyler Breeze. Here are the feuds I believe could benefit him the most.
THE NEWCOMER - APOLLO CREWS
Crews made his main roster debut on Monday, putting on a great showing against Breeze. NXT fans will know that Crews has enough potential to be a top star in the company, but he too has something missing which is stopping him from reaching that next level.
NXT fans will also know that Crews and Corbin have had a feud towards the end of last year which culminated in Corbin defeating Crews at TakeOver: London. The match itself was brilliant as it showed how Crews can bounce back from a big loss during a time where Corbin was really impressing.
However, that feud wasn’t the lengthiest of feuds and it only kicked off because of a battle royal loss for Corbin. If more time is given to them to go to the ring and put on great matches, it will help establish Corbin as a massive heel and it would also help build Crews up as a face.
THE ESTABLISHED STAR - DOLPH ZIGGLER
We saw a glimpse of what may be ahead of us when Corbin and Dolph Ziggler fought to a double count-out on Raw this past week, but The Show-Off is an established star on the main roster and defeating him could be a huge bonus for Corbin.
Obviously, a loss to Corbin wouldn’t be great for Ziggler as fans are wanting him to reach the top again, but do we really think he’ll be ‘the man’ in the company ever again? If there are plans to have him get to the top, then they should avoid it if not then Ziggler should put Corbin over as it would help him burst on to the main roster.
It’s not just that, in previous years the winner of the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal hasn’t achieved a great deal after that, but Corbin could be the one to change that. The worst thing to do is to have him lose in his first big feud, a loss to an up-and-comer wouldn’t hurt Ziggler but would do the world of good for Corbin.
THE CHAMPION – KALISTO
This all depends on how high WWE officials are on Corbin, how much they think he can achieve and how much they’re willing to invest in him. If they’re willing to give him a serious push right off the bat, then a feud with Kalisto over the United States Championship is the perfect way to start.
It’s not just a traditional champion versus challenger feud either; we’ve seen something between Kalisto and Ryback in the whole ‘big guy versus little guy’ scenario and I think it can be played out a lot better with Corbin. The two are at the opposite ends of the spectrum and a championship match would give Corbin great experience on the main roster, something he missed out on over at NXT.
Kalisto is a fantastic worker, and I believe he’s being wasted in a tag team. He needs to go on a serious run as a champion and challengers won’t come bigger than Corbin, it’ll show how much faith they have in him and it’s the perfect way for him to make his mark on the main roster.
THE GIANT - THE BIG SHOW
If there are no championships, newcomers or established stars to target when attempting to make an impact on the main roster, Corbin should target the biggest guy on the roster – literally.
The interesting thing about this option is that Corbin can physically match The Big Show and considering he’s in the closing stages of his in-ring career, he has nothing to lose and should allow Corbin to go over. He’s already made a name for himself on NXT; he made an instant impact by winning the battle royal at WrestleMania on his debut, and the only way is up for him if he’s booked correctly.
Corbin is a fantastic heel and right now The Big Show is in his latest face run, so it’s the perfect time to have Corbin take down another big name and really create some waves in these opening few months.
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