One of the newest additions to the main roster made a surprisingly huge impact on his debut, with Baron Corbin quietly entering the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania before throwing Kane over the top rope to win the match.
It was only a matter of time before The Lone Wolf made the jump to the main roster having been on NXT for many years, and now is his chance to prove he belongs in the big time with a potential match against Dolph Ziggler looming at Payback.
Despite what people may think of Corbin, or whether they still refuse to give him a chance of succeeding; Corbin is a prime example of why the WWE Performance Center and NXT works.
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Any fan of NXT since its inception will be very happy to see Corbin impress on the main roster early on, especially since at one stage, it looked as if he’d really struggle to reach that stage. It felt that way because he spent so long on NXT to establish himself as a monster, yet he was never given the green light to capture the NXT Championship.
It’s even more surprising to see him here because over a year ago it looked like Corbin was destined to fail, and poor booking didn’t help him either. He had great potential at first because he was something new, fresh and could have been built as the ultimate monster champion at the time.
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The NXT writers did themselves no favours by continually booking him in squash matches lasting less than 30 seconds. At first, that’s what you expect from a monster but months and months of squash matches grow stale pretty quickly. This led to the solid cheers turning into boo’s – and it wasn’t regular heel heat either – the NXT fans despised him like they do with Roman Reigns today.
That could potentially destroy a WWE superstar and it could harm their development, but since then Corbin took it all in his stride and turned himself into the hottest heel on NXT and is well on his way to doing the same on the main roster.
One thing to take notice of is that Corbin has proven himself as one of the more dedicated stars. He went from American Football to the WWE and hasn’t settled on an average look. The weight he lost to get in shape just goes to show how serious he is about making a star out of himself.
The credit doesn’t just go to Corbin himself, though. The world-class facilities at the Performance Center are giving athletes like Corbin a fantastic opportunity to mould themselves into WWE superstars, something that wasn’t available years ago. That dedication has helped him get an excellent, unique look.
The Performance Center along with the trainers such as Matt Bloom and Norman Smiley have helped him evolve his limited move-set into something more unique.
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It’s also helped him become a lot better on the microphone and his promo work has improved vastly since his days as a face. His role on ‘Breaking Ground’ on the WWE Network showed us what sort of guy he is, and that’s what he’s using inside of the ring and it’s working for him.
The WWE should be proud of what they have accomplished so far, and what more they could achieve with him. The thing to note is that they didn’t bring in an independent star and had him work out at the Performance Center and fast-tracked him to NXT. Guys like Finn Balor, Apollo Crews, Sami Zayn and more recently Rich Swann are in that role.
Corbin was moulded by the coaches at the Performance Center, a hands-on approach from people like Triple H and William Regal, just goes to show that NXT does work if they take their time in building stars.
He knows how to work an audience, he knows how to make them react and he does it consistently.
NXT and the Performance Center managed to create a brilliant star in Corbin; it's no surprise why we hear Corbin is the most-improved star over the past year.
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