Baron Corbin is a one-time United States Champion, the winner of the third annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32 and the 2017 Money in the Bank men's ladder match. He is also a former offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL), as well as a three-time Golden Gloves champion and former grappling champion.
Corbin competed in a Universal Championship No. 1 Contender's battle royal. He eliminated Rey Mysterio before being eliminated by Rollins (who lost the championship to Brock Lesnar following the tag team match the previous night).
Corbin was announced as a one of sixteen competitors in the King of the Ring. After over a month away from Raw, Corbin returned on the August 19 episode; he and McIntyre lost to The Miz and Ricochet. The following week, Corbin defeated The Miz in the first round of the tournament.
In a recent interview with Sporting News, Corbin talked about being a heel: “It’s a mix of both. It entertains me to watch how angry and frustrated they get, especially when you have a six-year-old kid and then like an 85-year-old woman both giving you the finger in the front row.
That – I take pride in that but it’s also really funny because you have them so ramped up that they’re so caught up in it. They believe every bit of it and, I don’t know, it’s a crazy thing when you get them that pulled in that they lose it.
I was just talking about that earlier to someone how with social media, people tell me what really irritates them. I would get 500 tweets a day talking about how much they hate my vest. So why would I ever take it off? That’s the kind of thing. You’re telling me what irritates you. It’s something so small."