On Busted Open Radio, Mark Henry discussed Baron Corbin’s progress in WWE and how he transitioned from NFL.
Corbin began his professional wrestling career in NXT, in August 2012. He had spent three years on various NFL teams before finally signing with WWE and focused on professional wrestling. Mark Henry said Corbin’s transition from NFL was successful due to his love for wrestling.
“There are so many guys that were football players that came to the WWE, not because they were a football player and had notoriety because they loved the damn business,” Henry said. “They loved it! They were fans. Just like me, I didn’t come from wrestling. I didn’t even know you could do it! How do you become a pro wrestler? I never asked the question because I didn’t think it was possible. Don’t think that it’s just a ton of football players that are lined up that the WWE is gonna sign and put ’em in the ring. It’s not gonna happen.”
Henry would praise Corbin more, saying it was his athleticism and desire to improve that showed him the right path in WWE.
“We had 10 NFL-type guys at the camp that I was at down in Orlando,” Henry revealed. “We didn’t sign any of them. Not one. So don’t think that it’s just as easy crap shoot, ‘Hey, let’s roll out the guys from the combine and throw ’em in there and make ’em wrestlers.’ That’s not the way it works, y’all. That’s not the way it works.
“Baron Corbin is a guy that was athletic, passionate about being a wrestler and wanting to be good at it. He didn’t wanna just do it for the sake of doing it, to make a dollar here and there. He wants to be somebody. And if you look at the body of work that he’s put out already, he’s on the right path. And whether you like him or not, according to the role that he’s playing, then, that’s just tough!”
Corbin is scheduled to face Braun Strowman at WWE TLC on Sunday. If he wins, he will be the permanent General Manager of Raw. If he loses, he will lose his position and Braun will face Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title at the Royal Rumble.
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