Baron Corbin is a hated heel in WWE and that took some amount of training. Mojo Rawley is no longer with the company, so he can now tell all about what it was like in the Performance Center with the then Lone Wolf and future Happy Corbin.
Mojo Rawley recently appeared on Shoot Conversations with Chris Hero. During the interview, Mojo remembered a time when Hero yelled at Corbin for disrespecting veterans. Hero responded to tell his side of how that all went down.
He was brand new. Football Tom is Baron Corbin, he’s burned into my head forever as Football Tom. He speaks, ‘Yeah…okay,’ You might think he’s kind of bored when he talks. He doesn’t speak like, ‘Oh yes, okay.’ The new class that was starting that day, he’s like, ‘Yeah…they got this new girl,’ and he was talking about Sara [Amato]. I just remember that it happened and I was standing in McIntyre’s and I was like, ‘How dare you!’
Mojo replied to Hero and said, “You went HAM. When Tom came in, he came in almost in gimmick.”
Chris Hero then stated that, “They encouraged it too, ‘Yeah, it’s okay, just be an asshole.'” Mojo Rawley responded to that he was “almost positive someone told him to act like that. He likes being a jerk, he thinks it’s funny.”
Hero then set the record straight about what Baron Corbin was told about being a jerk to people.
No, I heard at the time that he was told to play it up. ‘It’s okay. You want people…’ F*ck off, that’s terrible advice. Sara Del Ray had just come in at a tryout camp, the same one with Sasha Banks, Sami Zayn, Scott Dawson, and a bunch of them got hired. Sara got hired as a coach, so she came to Tampa to coach the girls. For him to go, ‘Oh yeah, some new girl.’ Maybe I’m embellishing.
It’s hard to deny Baron Corbin’s success at this point, because his sustainability on the WWE roster speaks for itself. He his also a heat magnet, sometimes even generating fierce “go away” heat. Some of that appalling personality might also be credit to wise advice he received when training at the PC.
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