In a shocking turn of events, WWE superstar Baron Corbin found himself at the center of a firestorm of controversy and even received death threats following a memorable storyline involving Becky Lynch. This incident occurred at the Extreme Rules pay-per-view event in 2019.
The storyline in question began when Lacey Evans, under the directive of Baron Corbin, attempted to interfere in Seth Rollins' Universal Title match at Stomping Grounds as the special guest referee. This interference didn't sit well with Rollins, and Becky Lynch, who had earlier successfully defended her Raw Women's Title against Evans, rushed to Rollins' aid.
The climax of this contentious narrative unfolded at Extreme Rules, where Corbin executed his devastating finishing move, the "End of Days," on Becky Lynch. While Seth Rollins managed to secure the victory for his team, Corbin faced a barrage of death threats in the aftermath of the show.
McMahon's Controversial Creative Call
Surprisingly, it was revealed that the controversial spot was none other than WWE Chairman Vince McMahon's idea. Corbin, in a recent interview with Chris Van Vliet, expressed his astonishment at McMahon's creative decision.
He stated, "That was Vince’s idea. And it was just like, what? Like, it’s crazy. And like the death threats after were all worth it. Totally worth it." Corbin's revelation sheds light on the profound impact professional wrestling can have on its audience.
Fans, deeply invested in the art of storytelling in WWE, took the dramatic on-screen moment seriously, resulting in disturbing threats directed at the performer. Despite the extreme backlash, Corbin emphasized the importance of suspending disbelief in wrestling and making the audience believe in the authenticity of the storyline.
He remarked, "People buy into what we do. That’s the art of what we do. Can we suspend disbelief? Can we make people think what we’re doing is 100% real?" This incident serves as a stark reminder of the emotional connection fans have with WWE storylines and characters.
While the threats are concerning, they also highlight the power of professional wrestling to evoke genuine emotions and reactions from its dedicated fanbase. In the world of WWE, where scripted drama meets athleticism, the line between fiction and reality can blur, leaving performers like Baron Corbin facing unexpected consequences.