More news continues to surface in about Baron Corbin’s backstage heat.
Fans have picked up on Corbin having backstage heat and even chanted "You f--ked up" when he appeared during the NXT Takeover: Brooklyn III Kickoff show.
According to Dave Meltzer, Corbin is definitely being punished, and the way he was booked in his match with John Cena at SummerSlam was indicative of his heat. Corbin cashed in his Money in the Bank contract on recent episode of SmackDown Live but lost in the WWE Championship match against Jinder Mahal.
A new report has surfaced online thanks to PWinsider.com that has shed some light on Corbin’s troubles. It’s been reported that Corbin likely picked up the heat after an incident at a talent meeting during the first week of August. WWE officials actually want their talents to be more interactive on social media. Thus, there was no heat on Corbin for his harsh comments on Twitter towards fans.
WWE had Dr. Joseph Maroon come in August and talk with the main roster about the importance of concussion-related injuries and why talents should immediately report injuries to WWE officials. The meeting was basically for Maroon to bring up a recent study on deceased NFL players who had been diagnosed with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) post-mortem. The way Maroon talked about the study reportedly "downplayed" it as being solid proof that anyone who played football would then develop CTE.
For those who may not know, but Corbin played college football before a brief NFL career from 2009-2011. When CTE was brought up, Corbin cut Maroon off and expressed an opinion that challenged the doctor. PWinsider’s sources noted that Corbin argued that there would always be some form of head trauma as football helmets are constantly cracking against each other during every play. Corbin also mentioned how he is part of a concussion-related lawsuit against the NFL. Corbin was apparently referring to how Maroon was portrayed in the 2015 "Concussion" movie starring Will Smith. This led to Maroon stating, during the meeting, that his depiction in that movie was incorrect.
It was mentioned that Maroon actually agreed with Corbin that CTE was a problem, but he was trying to make the point that the study did not mean 99% of NFL players had CTE, noting that people have to put things into proper perspective. The two men went back and forth for several minutes about the matter.
Sources described the incident as awkward, "time standing still" and "an awkward moment that led to awkward laughter." It was also noted that this was not a case of Corbin being belligerent or yelling at Maroon, but a situation where he was expressions his opinions at "the wrong time and the wrong place."
The feeling is that Corbin shouldn’t have brought up the situation during the meeting, but rather just to pull Maroon to the side for a private discussion after the meeting so it would not take away from the matter at hand. Another feeling is that Corbin affected the flow of the meeting and took away from the importance of talent health by making the discussion about previous comments Maroon has made on the NFL.
Although there has yet to be confirmation on this incident forcing officials to put the brakes on Corbin's push, there is a feeling that if anything led to the delayed push, this was it. The report goes onto to point out that Corbin is remaining in the SmackDown main event scene, an indication that the Maroon incident isn't bringing any long-lasting damage for Corbin.