At WrestleMania 32 Baron Corbin made a huge statement by winning the Andre the Giant memorial battle royal on his first night as part of the main roster.
Winning a match of that stature brings a lot of hype and pressure to whoever wins it, as we’ve seen in the past with Cesaro and The Big Show, however, it’s a different case with Corbin as this was his debut.
CURRENT FEUD WITH ZIGGLER
Following that huge win, Corbin has been embroiled in a feud with Dolph Ziggler, losing to the show off at Payback before picking up a dominating win on Monday Night Raw this week. It’s expected that Corbin will tackle Ziggler once more, this time at Extreme Rules towards the end of the month, before moving on to – potentially – bigger and better things.
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The likes of Mick Foley have come out in support of Corbin, somebody that has improved so much over the past year and is enjoying a successful start to life on the main roster, but the key to keeping him hot is by putting him in big feuds to continue his momentum.
We’ve on numerous occasions that NXT stars are often treated as the flavour of the month; they do well at the beginning before falling into mid-card obscurity. Of course, we have the obvious exceptions with the likes of Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, but Corbin too is a talent that could succeed with the right sort of booking. Here are the four feuds, I believe, the WWE should consider for The Lone Wolf following Extreme Rules.
I think it’s only a matter of time before we see Kalisto drop the United States Championship. It looked as if Ryback was finally going to be the one to do it at Payback; that was before his whole contract situation made the rounds online, now his in-ring future with the WWE is uncertain.
This isn’t a knock on Kalisto’s talent; he’s fantastic in the ring but you can’t deny the fact that he’s had an underwhelming title reign, which is a shame considering last year it was defended in the SummerSlam main event. It’s in danger of losing, even more, importance, and that’s where Corbin comes in.
It’s about time we have a monster-like superstar hold the championship, something we haven’t seen since Rusev dropped the title – although he’s the number one contender again. If Rusev does lose, then Corbin should be next in line to try and take the title away from Kalisto. He could draw great heat as a heel champion, and that alone would create more feuds involving the championship.
The Intercontinental Championship does seem like the more attractive avenue to go down, but with four stars already participating in the title picture, Corbin would just get lost in the shuffle which is something he needs to avoid.
Fans are waiting in anticipation for John Cena to make his return to the WWE at the end of the month, and we’re all wondering just who his returning feud will be up against.
There are the obvious names, engaging in a feud with Roman Reigns for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship, going after Kalisto or Rusev, or even getting involved with AJ Styles and The Club. However, I believe Cena is the only man on the roster that can help get Corbin over as a heel in the greatest way possible.
It seems as if Cena will get a positive reaction when he returns from the majority of the fans, and his status as the number one star in the company could rub off on Corbin who could look to take down the biggest star of the organisation.
Instantly, fans will hate Corbin even more and after a couple of pay-per-view matches between the pair, Corbin will be one of the biggest heels on the roster, similar to Owens last year and look how his career turned out.
Randy Orton is another star who should be making his in-ring return relatively soon, although his alignment remains to be seen as there have been plenty of calls for Orton to come back as a heel.
If Orton returns as a face then, like Cena, he too could help Corbin go over as a face. They both have great in-ring styles which match each other perfectly, and it’ll be good to see Orton going up against a younger big man, rather than continuous battles with the likes of The Big Show and Mark Henry.
It looks unlikely that Orton will be entered into any title pictures anytime soon, so a feud with Corbin makes sense for both parties as they could use each other for great screen time, and even better matches.
Orton will probably need to be eased into bigger feuds upon his return while the WWE would use Orton to prepare Corbin for life in the main event.
Seth Rollins is an interesting one, regardless of how he returns it’s clear that fans will cheer for him the second his theme music hits the PA system. Not only this, fans are expecting him to go right back after the championship he never lost, currently held by Reigns.
However, there’s a chance that it may not be so simple for Rollins and he may need to work his way into the title picture again, which means other feuds could be on the cards for him. One of the biggest ones that have been speculated over the past year is Rollins going up against Triple H at SummerSlam.
With The Game expected to take on Shane McMahon at SummerSlam, it looks unlikely that this feud will be held anytime soon. This would be a brilliant opportunity for Corbin to step up against one of the finest in the company, and Triple H is one who would be supportive of this feud because of his links with NXT and his relationship with Rollins.
This would be a great, new test for Rollins as it’d be the first time he’s a face as a singles star, and he’s going up against a young, big guy. Their styles would complement each other really well, and if Corbin looks great in this feud, then his potential is endless.
Who do you think Baron Corbin should feud with after Extreme Rules? Have your say in the comments section below!