Baron Corbin recently dubbed himself “The Modern Day Wrestling God,” a moniker bestowed upon him by his new manager, former WWE Champion JBL. He has remained undefeated in his new gimmick, defeating stars who made their names outside of WWE before signing with the company — Johnny Gargano, Cedric Alexander, and, most recently, Akira Tozawa — in his last three matches.
During his appearance on “After the Bell with Corey Graves,” Corbin discussed his thoughts on WWE stars who have always wanted to wrestle for the company. “I want to see more competition, higher level athletes — I want to see the 1%,” Corbin said.
I don’t want to see these so-called fans who get in the business, get on television, and get in our rings. I think that has poisoned what we do. When you started letting fans in our ring, it poisoned the sanctity of what we do. I mean, when you talk about a Johnny Gargano, you talk about a Kevin Owens, all these guys, all they ever wanted to do since day one was be a WWE Superstar because they’re 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 on the independent and ROH circuits before signing with WWE, and both have found success. Owens has won the Universal Championship once, the United States Championship three times, and the Intercontinental Championship twice.
Gargano holds the distinction of being “NXT’s” first-ever Triple Crown Champion, having won the title when he defeated Adam Cole in the main event of Takeover: New York for the “NXT” Championship. Corbin isn’t involved in any storyline at the moment.
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