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‘I tease Corey Taylor for being old’ – meet WWE’s most metal superstar

 

Baron Corbin bigs up metal bands on Twitter, has a move named after Marilyn Manson, and is throwing down at Wrestlemania this Sunday
Whether you’ve started your daily vocal warm-ups in preparation to boo Roman Reigns out of the building or are simply confused by your old mate from school banging on about ‘justice for AJ’ on Facebook, chances are, you know it’s Wrestlemania this Sunday. WWE’s annual hallmark pay-per-view isn’t just by a distance the biggest event in professional wrestling (or ‘sports entertainment’, as they’ve attempted to rebrand it); it’s one of the single biggest media extravaganzas in the world.

Wrestling has long had a strong relationship with rock and metal culture, from heavy bands through the years soundtracking many of WWE’s flagship shows (Ghost, Baroness and Bring Me The Horizon are just a few names to offer songs for their NXT division in the past year), to UK company Progress branding themselves as ‘punk rock pro wrestling’ and featuring a predominantly metal-savvy crowd at their monthly events.

Plus, whichever way you cut it, wrestling has been stacked with metal-as-hell characters over the years, be it the likes of The Undertaker, Kane and Sting, who could all have walked straight out of a Behemoth video, or Hall Of Fame-level names like Stone Cold Steve Austin, Chris Jericho and Triple H regularly repping rock and metal bands outside of the ring.

This crossover appeal reached its zenith in June last year when Metal Hammer awarded Triple H – a current force behind the scenes at WWE as well as in the ring – with the one-off Spirit Of Lemmy Award as a part of our Golden God celebrations. Presented by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine live on stage at Download, with the NXT superstars watching from the wings, it felt like a natural peak to a connection between cultures that has run for decades.
Watching from sidestage with his NXT colleagues that day was a man who has since not only moved on to become a major force on WWE’s main roster, but has arguably become metal culture’s most faithful rep on the big stage.

“Going out to Download, that show was insane!” beams Baron Corbin of the whole experience today. “From top to bottom; the mud, the rain, NXT being a part of it all, it was one heck of an experience, that’s for sure.”

While many NXT stars onsite that day were experiencing rock culture close up for the first time, Baron is an old hand at our game. He spent his teenagers years watching the likes of Slipknot, Marilyn Manson and White Zombie at Ozzfest, and when he’s not bigging up bands like Korn, Nothing More and Zeal & Ardor on Twitter, he’s donning the threads of metal clothing mega-label Black Craft to the ring. He even has a signature move – Deep Six – in tribute to the Marilyn Manson song of the same, and last year he made international headlines for an ‘altercation’ with Corey Taylor at a festival in the US. With the Smackdown heavyweight repping metalheads around the world at Wrestlemania this Sunday, we caught up with Baron to talk wrasslin’, festivals and heavy freakin’ metal.

How did you get into metal?

“My dad was a rock ‘n’ roll guy; it’s what he loved, and he got me into that world. He got me into being a part of shows and wanting to go and experience them.”

You got your first taste of festival culture at Ozzfest. What was that like?

“When you go to shows like that, and you get to see bands like Ozzy and Manson and White Zombie and Slipknot and System Of A Down, it just tailors your lifestyle. That rock ‘n’ roll music, the emotion of it, it just moulds you. Watching those stacked lineups, those shows were insane. And a lot of those guys are still putting out great stuff! You see the evolution of those guys, and it continues to tailor me as a person.”
What are you listening to at the moment?

“I continue to love my old stuff – Manson and Slipknot and stuff like that – but right now, I think Ghost are unbelievable. Also, Gojira’s newest album is insane, the best stuff they’ve done. I’m loving that record. Also, Sevendust, Highly Suspect and Nothing More, all those dudes are killing it right now.”

Have you caught up with Corey Taylor recently?

“Haha! Yeah, we still throw stuff back and forth at each other. We’re both competitors in our world. I tease him about being old and that I grew up watching Slipknot at Ozzfest, and we argue about who does better at selling tickets in arenas. That’s great competition for me and him. He’s doing well; I talked to him the other day and they’re working on new stuff for Stone Sour, and that’s gonna be sick. He’s always on the move and doing great stuff.”

The fallout from that whole thing really opened people’s eyes to the crossover between metal and wrestling. Did you realise how big that story was gonna get?

“I had no idea how much that was gonna blow up. I grew up going to rock shows, and the lines of rock ‘n’ roll cross over with wrestling so much. Wrestling is an opportunity to go to a show, be a part of it and feel the emotions, from anger to frustration to sadness to pain – everything that music can make you feel.

So the crossover between audiences is unbelievable, and when the two industries collide, and you have one of their biggest guys in Corey, crashing into one of our biggest superstars, and he hits me in the teeth, it’s cool to see! And maybe it opens a few eyes for people that didn’t look at wrestling or didn’t look at that kind of music, and it helps us both.”

 

Are you ready for Wrestlemania this Sunday?

“I’m ready to rock! I’m facing Dean Ambrose for the Intercontinental Championship, and hopefully I’m gonna win and start my own little Wrestlemania streak. The lead-up to Wrestlemania is always crazy, because you have all these guys fighting for an opportunity to be a part of the show, and get an opportunity to cement themselves in the Wrestlemania history books. It’s the culmination of your year, the biggest show for us. Last year, my Mania debut was my debut on the main roster, so it was unexpected. I didn’t have time to build up to it or anything like that. It was just, ‘Hey, here’s the fire, jump in’. But I went out, I won the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royale, and that launched me on the main roster and did a lot of great things for me. So Mania is a really good chance to go and show everyone who you are.”

You mentioned making a big impact in your Mania debut last year by winning one of the show’s biggest matches – how hard was it keeping that momentum going?

“I just knew it was an opportunity to project me to where I wanted to go. And it puts pressure on you to perform. I genuinely believe that every single day, you can either get better or you can get worse, and that was one hell of a place to have to get better from. Plus, performing under pressure is when I’m at my best. It’s what I do. I played football [Baron played at college level and was drafted in the NFL], I’m a professional wrestler, I like it when all eyes are on me. I love to be able to rub someone’s face in my own success when they tell me I can’t do something. That’s a little vindictive if you will, but I guess that’s why I’m good at what I do – pissing people off and beating up heroes, haha!”

Wrestlemania takes place this Sunday at the Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Florida. You can stream it live on the WWE Network.

 

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 Posted by: Krista
 Date: March 31st

Baron Corbin was a guest on The Bob and Tom Show, which you can watch in its entirety in the video above. Here are some of the highlights:

His tattoos:

“My first one was terrible, it’s Chinese symbol on my back, I hope it means ‘Strength.’ Then, I think I got a giant dragon on my leg, my legs are covered. Nobody gets to see my legs, but there covered, I got all kinds of stuff down there from Candy Man and Jack ‘The Ripper,’ portraits of my Dad and Grandpa.”

PG language in WWE:

“Yeah, ya know, I tailor that [to] ‘PG.’ I mean with anything, emotions get high, we’re very competitive with what we do, everybody wants to be the best, so, sometimes those emotions will get the best of you and you’ll let a word fly and you’ll hear about it later. So, ya know, better to ask for forgiveness than permission, right?”

How much of the “Baron Corbin” persona is him:

“I mean that attitude, that persona I carry is something I’ve always had with me, I mean, that’s what made me successful, especially in football and is making me successful now. In college, practice is draggin’ Coach goes, ‘Oh hey, go on over there and start a fight with one of the Linebackers.’ Okay. So I’ll go and start a fight with one of the Linebackers…It’s just an attitude that really developed in me and now we just amplify it times 100 and make sure everybody understands what I do and what I’m about.”

Baron Corbin also discussed his time in football and favorite music. You can hear the full interview by watching the video above.

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 Posted by: Brittany
 Date: March 9th
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Baron Corbin may be out of the WWE Survivor Series PPV, but we’ve brought him to your earbuds. The Lone Wolf of SmackDown LIVE is our guest this week and he chats horror movies, Kansas City Chiefs football, and he gives us his response to fans saying that he “doesn’t care.” Follow them on everything!! @JQuasto, @CurtainJerks, @TheWalkingDale, @CarrlynBathe @FOXCompadres

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 Posted by: Krista
 Date: November 22nd

This is an interview dated back to SummerSlam weekend!

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 Posted by: Krista
 Date: November 3rd

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Baron Corbin talks WWE career goals and life on the road!

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 Date: September 28th

 

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Baron Corbin talks his move to WWE and career goals, plus all the happenings from this week’s WWE TV!

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 Posted by: Krista
 Date: August 7th

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Baron Corbin’s NXT TakeOver: Dallas entrance gear provides a rare look inside The Lone Wolf’s world

Plenty of statements were made at the historic NXT TakeOver: Dallas. Championships changed hands, debuts were made and war was waged at the biggest NXT live special yet.

However, the most striking fashion statement may have been made by Baron Corbin. Two days before he claimed victory in the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania, The Lone Wolf strode into the sold-out Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center clad in a vest that looked like something out of Mad Max.

The custom design featured grey wolf skulls on each shoulder with their fangs bearing down, and a spine tethered together with a motorcycle chain. The eerie gear was appropriate for someone who wants to bring about the End of Days for anyone he faces. But the jacket also provided a unique look into The Lone Wolf’s personal life.

“I try to fit what I do outside of the ring with me into what I do here,” Corbin told WWE.com. “I want to carry a part of me when I walk to the ring. My house is filled with animal bones, some human bones and skulls, really old medical tools. I’m fascinated with that world of strange and apocalyptic stuff. Who I am is tailored into that jacket.”

Viewers of WWE Breaking Ground got a brief look into Corbin’s life when he went on the hunt for medical oddities and bone specimens during NXT’s tour through Nashville last fall. To anyone who might scoff at his unusual pursuits, The Lone Wolf has the same attitude he gives anyone who might overlook him in the ring.

“I’ve always been one of those people who don’t care what others think,” he said. “I just like what I like. There’s something about those things that make people want to turn away. It freaks them out. Something about it sucked me in.”

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The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner hopes that the vest sends a message to anyone daring enough to step in the ring with him.

“I want it to make people uncomfortable,” Corbin said. “I want it to make people nervous. I want it to intimidate my opponents or anyone else who steps in my way. They can look at that vest and see that I enjoy getting my hands dirty.”

Dolph Ziggler learned that the hard way on Raw, when Corbin drove him into the arena floor with End of Days. The Lone Wolf is hoping that the painful beating and his ominous ring gear from TakeOver will send a message to the rest of the WWE roster.

“My world is one that people don’t want to walk in,” he said. “But I enjoy taking a stroll through it.”

 

 

 Posted by: Krista
 Date: April 10th

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Many professional wrestling legends have made their way through The Township Auditorium over the years. On Friday, the superstars of tomorrow take center stage.

NXT, the WWE’s popular and growing developmental division, makes its debut in Columbia as part of a regional tour. Among the featured wrestlers is fast-rising Baron Corbin, who is already part of WWE’s main roster and won the Andre the Giant Memorial battle royal last weekend at WrestleMania 32.

Originally from just outside of Kansas City, Corbin signed with the WWE in 2012 after his pro football career ended. Under his real name, Tom Pestock, he played college football at Northwest Missouri State and spent three years in the NFL with the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals.

A 6-foot-6 and nearly 330-pound offensive lineman in the NFL, Corbin is now closer to 265 as an up-and-coming heel, or bad guy. He’s part of the main event Friday in Columbia.

Who is Baron Corbin and what do fans need to know about him?

“He’s a no-nonsense guy who usually gets what he wants. It doesn’t matter who’s in his way. He’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. He gets it done as violent as possible.”

You already had a big Wrestlemania moment – what was that like?

“It was unbelievable. We had over 100,000 people there. I was the last one standing in the ring and I got the trophy. My family was up front. It was pretty surreal. The noise, the energy, the atmosphere was untouchable. The feeling you get from that is just unreal.”

When did you know you wanted to be a wrestler?

“As a kid, wrestling is something my dad and I had in common. We used to go to Memorial Hall in Kansas City. It’s Harley Race territory and we got to see a lot of amazing people come through there like Dusty Rhodes, Ric Flair, Kamala and Ted DiBiase. It was something I had a lot of fun doing with my father. As I grew up I played football, and football paid for college, and then football paid me. When I was finished playing in the NFL, that [wrestling] was my opportunity and I got my shot and I’m making the most of it.”

Describe the transition between football and wrestling?

“The training came easy. My whole life has been about training. It’s all the other things that are more difficult: going out and being on a microphone and having your face exposed. That’s what’s new. My career in football I was wearing a helmet. Being an athlete is natural for me. Now it’s bringing your talking game to the next level and exposing yourself to new things like promos and things like that. It’s something I’m learning to get better at every day.”

How did you transform your body from football to wrestling?

“I lost almost 70 pounds. I was 330 pounds when I was in Arizona. I’m still changing my body. As an offensive guard in Arizona my goal was to be as big and strong and explosive as possible. Now I still want to be strong and explosive and want to look good as well. That’s a difficult transformation to make when you’ve been 300-plus pounds for about 10 years. My body is adjusting to the new world.”

Did your ‘nastiness’ as an offensive lineman translate well to wrestling?

“Absolutely, 100 percent. Any kind of pro scouting report you read, it talked about mean and nasty and violent a player I was. In training camp in Arizona I would get fights with my teammates. That’s the attitude I have. I definitely brought that into wrestling.”

Describe NXT and what it’s meant for the fans and the business.

“NXT has grown immensely in the last year, year and a half to where we’re traveling now, we’re doing overseas tours. The atmosphere we get with NXT and NXT fans, they’re a die-hard group. They care deeply about NXT. It’s a very unique experience when you come to it. It’s like when you find that local band you love playing at a small place and there are 50 people there. You continue to watch them and it grows to arenas. That’s what NXT is doing.”

 

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 Posted by: Krista
 Date: April 10th

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More than four years after his professional football career came to an end, Corbin is a rising star in professional wrestling. He is one of the top names for WWE’s NXT brand, which features up-and-coming talent from the company’s developmental system based in Orlando, Florida.

Corbin was an undrafted offensive guard out of Division II Northwest Missouri State and survived three seasons with the NFL’s Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals from 2009-11. While with Arizona, he worked with former Steelers assistant coach Russ Grimm, and practiced alongside former Pitt wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald and former Steelers linebacker Joey Porter.

Speaking with KDKA-TV at the Arnold Sports Festival at Columbus, Ohio, Corbin reflected on his brief pro football career.

“I was a physical player, a dominant player. I was known for getting into fights in training camp,” he said.

Corbin never played in a regular season game. He spent his entire NFL career on the Colts’ and Cardinals’ practice squads. He was released in September 2011.

“I hung on as long as I could,” he said.

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Corbin quickly put pro football in the past, and shifted his focus to a new goal he says he’d dreamed about since he was young.“For me, that was all my ticket to get here to the WWE. That’s what I wanted to do since I was little and going to shows with my dad. So, that was my window. That was my opportunity. That’s what helped me get here,” he said.

A phone call from his agent put the future Baron Corbin in contact with WWE. With no pro wrestling experience on his resume, he was signed to a developmental contract and began the process of transforming his body from a massive 300-plus pound offensive guard into a leaner, quicker and more agile athlete. He also set about learning a craft that many spend years working to master. It took nearly a year before he was ready to make his on-camera debut, but Corbin says he embraces the grind.

“You gotta put in the work, in the ring, out of the ring, at home, on the weekends. Wherever you are, you’re always working to an ultimate goal, and that’s to be WWE World Heavyweight Champion,” he said.

After a handful of appearances on NXT’s weekly show on the WWE Network, Corbin briefly disappeared. He returned to NXT as a dominating force in September 2014.

Early on, it was rare for Corbin’s matches to last longer than 30 seconds, as he dispatched opponents in rapid, seemingly effortless fashion. The quick victories made him a fan favorite, but the popularity was fleeting.

Some fans resented Corbin’s relative lack of experience, and grew to resent his winning streak. It wasn’t long before Corbin was receiving some of the loudest boos from fans.

At one NXT Live Event in Pittsburgh last year, a particularly enthusiastic fan in the front row got in Corbin’s face following his match. Some wrestlers might have shied away from it, but Corbin embraced the hate.

“It’s just my attitude. I’m gonna do what I want when I want to do it, and if people don’t like it they can either change their mind or deal with it,” he said.

Corbin is currently preparing for one of the biggest matches of his career. Friday night, he will face Austin Aries during NXT TakeOver: Dallas – a live special airing on the WWE Network two nights before WrestleMania.
Aries is a veteran pro wrestler who spent more than 15 years working for other promotions before he finally reached WWE.

Facing opponents with more experience is nothing new for Corbin, who frequently shares an NXT ring with industry veterans such as Sami Zayn, Samoa Joe and NXT Champion Finn Balor.

“I’m getting opportunities to get in there and tangle it up with these guys, and of course I learn every single time. I learn what to do, what not to do.”

The knowledge Corbin has accumulated is paying dividends. The second half of 2015 and beyond included eye-opening matches against Samoa Joe at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and during the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.

He’s also getting a chance to work non-televised events with WWE’s main roster.

“I’m seeing some main roster loops…and working with those guys. It’s just making me better and tailoring me into the superstar that I aim to be,” he said.

With several NXT superstars expected to join WWE’s main roster after WrestleMania, Corbin’s time to prove himself at the very top of NXT could be coming soon.

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 Posted by: Krista
 Date: March 30th
 Categories: Articles, Interviews, News, Site News

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Baron Corbin Q&A: ‘I don’t live for anyone other than myself’

Love him or hate him, NXT’s Lone Wolf doesn’t mince words as he addresses the adulation surrounding his TakeOver opponent, Austin Aries.
Baron Corbin brings a whole new meaning to “making no apologies.” The abrasive and imposing NXT Superstar is on a collision course with NXT’s newest acquisition, Austin Aries, at NXT TakeOver: Dallas. This week, Corbin provides his thoughts on Aries, independent wrestling and his own cocky attitude as only he can — with no regard for being politically correct.

WWE.COM: Let’s begin with the elephant in the room. You recently attacked Austin Aries on his debut night with NXT. Why would you ruin such a big moment in his career?

BARON CORBIN: Why would I do that? Why would I not do that? Some kid walks in here thinking he deserves a warm welcome. He wants everyone to stop what they’re doing and celebrate. I don’t have time for that. I am here chasing the NXT Championship. William Regal cost me my chance and then wants to throw Aries a big welcome. Not while I am around. Aries was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, and he paid for it. If he wants to cry about it, tell him to cry to Regal, because I don’t care about him or his welcoming party.

IF YOU HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WHO I AM OR WHAT I DO, BEAT MY A** OR SHUT UP.
– BARON CORBIN
WWE.COM: Aries isn’t exactly just “some kid.” Perhaps the reason Mr. Regal was so happy was because Austin Aries joining the NXT roster is actually a pretty big deal for our industry. Are you familiar with his extensive background?

CORBIN: What do I think of his background? I can’t answer that because I don’t know what it is. I didn’t know he existed before I ran him over on his big night. And whatever it is, I don’t care, because his future will be seeing the End of Days.

WWE.COM: In other words, you don’t respect anyone, no matter who they are or what their background is?

CORBIN: It’s true. I don’t respect anyone who has a background on the independent circuit. NXT is the professional level, and it’s the best of the best. If you played on an intramural l flag football team, it doesn’t make you NFL material. I came from one professional sport to another, and it’s an entirely different level. I was in the top 1 percent of football players. Indie guys are in the bottom 95 percent of wrestlers. I don’t care what they did or how many nobodies are sitting in their mom’s basement tweeting how good they are. If they were so good, it wouldn’t take them 10 years to get here. When those guys walk in the door, I am happy to show them they don’t belong.

WWE.COM: How did your football and boxing background prepare you for your NXT career?

CORBIN: Football and boxing helped me immensely. Those sports helped me become dangerous. I was a champion in both, I made money in both and it will be no different here. I have sacrificed a lot to get to the level I did in both, and it taught me to do what it takes to be at the top. I was a professional, and most people here have never experienced that level of competition or pressure.

Playing football in front of 80,000 people is very different than wrestling for 27 people in your local gym. I don’t feel pressure, and I am confident in what I do. What I bring to the table can’t be matched in NXT. I don’t even need to bring up my size and athletic ability because that is obvious to anyone who watches for 30 seconds. I am used to competing with the best, and that will benefit me most and help me take things to the next level.

WWE.COM: Over the last year, you’ve develop a reputation for yourself amongst some who believe you are highly self-centered and egotistical. How do you respond to such judgment?

CORBIN: Thank you, I guess. I have a lot of pride in myself and believe I am better than a lot of people. Most people settle in life, and that’s not me. I am going to be the best, make the most money and just do whatever I want, when I want. I don’t live for anyone other than myself, and I don’t have a problem showing people or telling them. The bottom line is the things I have done, the things I am doing, and the things I will do are better than anything you could ever dream of.

WWE.COM: Do you ever feel that you’ve gone overboard with your aggressive attitude?

CORBIN: What is overboard? Who decides what that is? I do what I need to do to get mine. I don’t feel bad for what I do. I don’t care who it upsets, because I will get mine. If you have a problem with who I am or what I do, beat my a**or shut up.

WWE.COM: Do you ever feel misunderstood?

CORBIN: I don’t care to be understood. I will steal a line from “The Equalizer”: “Who I am is difficult; what I am is easier. I am a threat, I alter outcomes. ” That is pretty fitting.

WWE.COM: Explain to the world why Baron Corbin deserves to be the feature attraction all the time?

CORBIN: I don’t need to explain to anyone why I deserve to be a main attraction. Just sit there and watch, and you will see. You will understand very quickly. Some people have it and most don’t. I have it.

 

Source: WWE.com

 

 Posted by: Krista
 Date: March 18th