Craig Wilson, John Carbery and Brian Damage
The WWE roster is filled with “superstars” at every level. There are the main roster guys who regularly appear on Raw and SmackDown, those who are used as glorified jobbers and those who are barely used at all. In this series of pieces, we will take an individual wrestler barely used and decide if they are worth keeping or should they be let go. Today we decide if we Book or Cook Baron Corbin.
Craig: After a short break, we return with a book or cook and the focus is a fairly recent graduate from NXT to the main roster, Baron Corbin.
Like a number before him, is his current issues a lot to do with more character investment while in NXT but a belief from the WWE that the success he had there would automatically carry on to the main roster? Or is he suffering the curse of being the winner of the Andre the Giant battle royal?
What are Corbin’s chances on the main roster? What does he need to do to get to the next level? All that and more in this latest Book or Cook.
John: Ugh. I don’t know what to say about Corbin because really there’s not much to say about him. He’s another guy who was clearly hired because he passed the preferred height test set by WWE. He’s usually dead eyed and gormless in the ring and on the mic and is a pretty bland in ring performer, typical of the old FCW factory training style which turned out big man after big man who did the same holds and moves.
Corbin was given 5 years in developmental to turn into something special and I got the feeling that when they shot him up to the main roster it was because they were going to see if he sank or swam after so much training and opportunity. I haven’t seen anything to indicate that he’ll grow beyond what he’s currently got and he doesn’t seem motivated to do any better either.
Brian: Interesting choice and perhaps a well deserved subject considering he hasn’t really blossomed much since his call up. I was convinced this would be a guy that could make it in the WWE based on his look and size alone. This is truly a new era in the company though and to succeed you need to stand out and do something unique.
He does have an impressive finisher in the ‘End of Days,’ but not much else. Corbin doesn’t have great agility…he doesn’t have the best mic skills and he seems complacent. I may be wrong, but Baron Corbin just looks like he doesn’t care.
Craig: I think John might be on to something with his ‘sink or swim’ theory. There’s certainly a lot in that and factor in Brian’s ‘impressive finisher but little else’ I think we’ve nailed Baron Corbin pretty early on into this book or cook, haven’t we?
I also agree with Brian when he said about thinking his size would probably be enough. That’s exactly what I thought too. I also thought that the brand split would allow more focus on a lot of midcard guys and maybe Corbin would be one of those that benefited from that. But that’s not been the case.
Is Corbin a cook, then?
John: For me, definitely yes.
Craig: I’m probably in the same boat, I can’t really see any reason to keep him as the character does absolutely nothing for me. I get that not everyone is a main eventer and you have lots of spaces to fill on a card. But I just believe there are more talented performers that deserve a chance long before Corbin.
There’s our take on the former NXT Superstar. Got a differing opinion? Leave your comments below.
You can read all previous ‘Book or Cook?’ pieces here.