Baron Corbin has been on the radar of many fans since debuting in NXT back in 2014, where he went on an impressive undefeated streak for well over a year.
Early working as a babyface, WWE quickly made his transition into a heel where he was able to shine through a bit of his own persona and crave a niche as a heel in NXT.
Corbin spent late 2015 and early 2016 feuding with guys who had come from the independent scene like Samoa Joe, Apollo Crews and more recently Austin Aires. Joe broke his undefeated streak, he conquered Apollo but then was defeated by a debuting Aires.
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He made the move to the main roster at WrestleMania, where he competed in and won the 2016 Andre the Giant battle royal.
Currently on TV, he is locked in a feud with Dolph Ziggler, who is doing a great job in making him looking like a monster and selling his finisher the ‘End of Days’ as a deadly manoeuvre.
However, after this feud with Ziggler ends, what is next for the Lone Wolf on the main roster?
The Obvious- A move into the mid-card scene
Only three months ago, WWE’s mid card scene was the best it had been in years. However, with Kalisto’s poor second run as United States Champion continuing, WWE need to inject someone a little left field to revive that division.
Baron Corbin is likely to be his next real challenger. The two both obviously came from NXT, and Corbin’s role as a heel makes him a likely challenger for the babyface.
If Corbin continues to get some serious heat, this could provide the WWE with an opportunity to crown a new champion, or it might just rejuvenate Kalisto’s run as champion.
The Smart- His continuation to go after independent talent
As previously mentioned, Corbin had a tendency whilst in NXT to target the guys who came from outside promotions. There is no reason why he couldn’t continue in this manner on the main roster.
If AJ Styles was to lose out in his feud with Roman Reigns, than there’s an opportunity for WWE to have Corbin to be his next opponent.
Similar to his feud with Apollo Crews in NXT, Corbin could be completely disrespectful and cost AJ opportunities at the World Championship. He could also want to exile AJ back to New Japan, and claim that he doesn’t belong here as much as he does.
When the two clash, you’d probably expect an AJ victory, but by doing this, at least you’re giving Corbin some credibility on the main roster and an opportunity for him to show why he belongs on it.
The Out-There- Turn him Face
In NXT, the idea was flirted with Corbin being babyface before he turned heel after a feud with Bull Dempsey. Quite simply, Corbin doesn’t come across likeable on TV, so WWE would struggle to find a way to make fans want to support him.
The only way a face run would work is if he did two things; 1. Going after the most hated wrestlers at the moment, 2. Doing it in a way that is unique.
The most hated superstar at the moment (besides Roman Reigns) is probably The Celtic Warrior, Sheamus. Ever since the terrible booking decision to have Sheamus defeat Daniel Bryan in eight seconds at WrestleMania XXVIII, the fans have always been giving the Irishman a hard time and having no respect for him.
Even after a gimmick change and makeover, he has still been met constantly with boos and chants that he looks stupid from WWE fans.
A match-up on paper between Corbin and Sheamus sounds okay however.
Both have hard-hitting styles but are also able to sell good spots with their finishers.
To get Corbin over as a face, it would be wise to play off this hard hitting style, but adopt some hardcore and extreme tendencies. Use Chairs, Kendo Sticks, Tables etc. on Sheamus and doing interactive spots in the crowd to grab the WWE universe's attention.
This would be a difficult angle for Corbin and the WWE to pull off, but it may be useful at the point where Corbin’s heel run becomes stale.
Could you see any of these scenario’s working for Baron Corbin? Have YOUR say in the comments sections.
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