Happy Corbin, the former Arizona Cardinals Offensive Guard, started wrestling in 2012. He is a product of FCW, WWE’s developmental territory before NXT came to fruition. Like so many others on today’s roster, he flourished in that system before premiering on the main roster. Since that time, he has seen quite a few character changes throughout his WWE career thus far.
His most recent character change from Sad Corbin, which was only supposed to last for a mere few weeks but lasted longer, to Happy Corbin, came as a shock as much to him, as to all of the fans. He said recently, that he found out all about it on Twitter of all places.
It was while he was a guest on Out Of Character With Ryan Satin, that he made this revelation. But before he got into all of that, he talked about just how long the Sad Corbin deal was supposed to have lasted in the first place.
“I honestly believe that the Sad Corbin wasn’t supposed to last as long as it did. From what I understand, it was supposed to be a two week thing. I was going to lose the crown and get a little bit depressed. It became very entertaining and I had a lot of fun because it was the polar opposite of anything I had ever done. I think that’s what’s fun about this job for me is it doesn’t become monotonous when you continually evolve.
It was this miserable guy with a dirty shirt. The worst part was not being able to cut the hair or the beard. I got a text message at like 2AM from Vince that said, ‘Don’t shave or cut your hair.’ After like three weeks, I have the Costanza hair going. The best part is I was visiting schools for my daughter. They are private schools. My daughter is 2 ½. I’m going in. My beard and hair, and you can’t wear a hat into these places, and I look ridiculous. I said, ‘I have to apologize for how I look.”
The idea to change his character from Sad Corbin to Happy Corbin wasn’t at all something that he and Vince talked about, apparently, and as mentioned above. He found out on Twitter, pretty much like everyone else, he revealed in the same interview.
“That was 100% Vince. I heard it actually on Twitter. They’re like, ‘WWE just copy wrote Happy Corbin.’ I’m like, what? I was confused. I asked them and they said, ‘We really don’t know what you’re talking about.’ Sure enough a couple weeks later, they said, ‘Your name is Happy Corbin now.’ So Twitter knew before I knew. That’s how you find out a lot of stuff. I had no idea.”
I think being around Vince for years, or Triple H, they start to learn your personality, so they tailor characters based on their interactions with you over the years. It could have been something with Vince when I was making him laugh or just having fun and being one of the guys with him. He’s like, ‘I have this idea where you’re just over the top happy. People don’t like you. They’re really not going to like you when you’re really happy all the time.’ It works and it’s just fun.”
Regardless of how he found out, the gimmick is doing well, and by doing well, of course we mean, people are loving to hate him, which with heels in pro wrestling, is the point after all. As long as he doesn’t generate any “go away heat,” as its known in the industry, then perhaps we’re stuck with this version of Corbin for the foreseeable future.
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