WWE: Baron Corbin on NFL release influencing 'Happy Corbin' character (Exclusive)

Baron Corbin's new character was influenced by NFL release

Baron Corbin has opened up about the birth and origins of his new 'Happy Corbin' gimmick on Friday Night SmackDown.

Speaking to GiveMeSport at the WWE press junket this week, Corbin spoke about his enjoyment in being able to perform in this new role.

During the junket, Corbin stressed the importance of evolving your character within wrestling, something he has done with this new gimmick.

I think it is a business where you kind of have to evolve or die. Like anybody who kind of stays the same, it just becomes repetitive. By the time you've seen, you know, nine Fast and Furious movies, you know what's happening. I think it is to anyone's advantage to change, or grow, or evolve.

Corbin went on to speak about just how he's enjoying being given the opportunity to display a different side to his personality with this new character.

This whole character evolution I've gone through has been so much fun, because it's different for me. I get to relive the different things in my life and try to pull them out of experiences. When when I was, you know, in that downhill slide with the same dirty shirt on and was struggling and asking for money, like you draw things from your real life, and you can kind of put them into those characters. Then people really buy-in and latch on to what you're doing and it's fun for us.

Corbin also noted that part of his current gimmick has been inspired by some of his own experiences, including his release from the NFL in 2011:

You know, like, when I got released from the NFL, that was that process. What do I do? What's next? Where am I going? So I was like, trying to tap into that a little bit. You know, that bit in Vegas and winning all my money back, that was a lot of fun. I like to gamble, so it worked. But it's just been exciting to me because it is it's different, you know? From that kind of biker badass when I started in NXT, and that was part of my life. I enjoying motorcycles, tattoos, obviously, all that stuff. And then, you know, rolling into that Constable role, which was a new role then into The King. It's all of these kinds of things, it's an evolution. I think, the more you can do the better the longer you last in this business.

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