This Real Rasslin special feature discusses yet another wretched character switch for WWE Superstar Baron Corbin and JBL's role in it all
by Mark Mahler - 02.17.2023
Last week on Raw, we saw the end of Happy Corbin - the future wrestling God. Along with him was JBL, the self-proclaimed Wrestling God.
In one line, JBL buried his protege: “You can’t polish a turd; I tried.”
Thus, bringing an end to this brutal relationship from hell. JBL buried Corbin on Raw, let’s not sugarcoat anything. This was a massacre of sorts to a character that just can’t find his footing. But there are more chemistry issues with this pairing than meets the eye (nod to the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts).
The timeline for Corbin is plain disturbing, to be honest. Since his debut on the WWE’s main roster, he’s been: The Lone Wolf (2016-2018), Constable Corbin (2018-2019), King Corbin (2019-2021), Sad Corbin (2021), Happy Corbin (2021-2022), Modern-Day Wrestling God (2022-2023).
Six different personas in Eight years of wrestling on the main roster. That’s way too much. All have been heels, and not one announcement of their being a babyface in any of the characters. Heel to heel - and none of them stick.
You can’t blame the performer if he is doing what’s being asked of him or if the character just isn’t catching on with the fans. Most of the time, when someone overgoes this many gimmick changes, it's because they go from being a heel to a face (or vice versa).
Very rarely do we see, heel-to-heel, but that is exactly what Baron has had to deal with. Almost like creative quit on him and any character. Heel with power, heel with allies, heel-gone-broke, heel wins money and then laughs, heel with a former WWE champ. All seem way too similar, except for his character in NXT, who was a loner. And by the way? Also a heel.