Baron Corbin recently dubbed himself “The Modern Day Wrestling God,” a nickname given to him by his new manager, former WWE Champion, JBL. He’s gone undefeated in his new gimmick, and in his last three matches, he’s beaten stars who made a name for themselves outside of WWE before signing with the company – Johnny Gargano, Cedric Alexander, and most recently Akira Tozawa.
Corbin discussed his thoughts on WWE stars who always dreamed of wrestling in the business during his performance on “After the bell with Corey Graves“More competition, higher level athletes – I want to see the 1%,” said Corbin.
“I don’t want these so-called fans coming into the business, coming on television and coming into our rings. I think that poisoned what we do. When you started letting fans into our ring, it poisoned the sanctity of what we I mean when you talk about a Johnny Gargano you talk about a Kevin Owens all these guys all they wanted to do since day one was be a WWE Superstar because they have the biggest fans in the world It’s not about who’s the biggest fan, it’s about who’s the best competitor.”
Gargano and Owens both wrestled in the independent scene and ROH before signing with WWE and both men have found success. Owens once won the Universal Championship, the United States Championship three times and the Intercontinental title twice. Gargano holds the unique distinction of being “NXT’s” first ever Triple Crown champion, taking the honor when he defeated Adam Cole in the main event of Takeover: New York for the “NXT” Championship.
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