Baron Corbin has been part of WWE for ten years now, and he made the most out of any role that was given to him. Prior to his WWE tenure, Corbin has competed in other sports and even dabbled in MMA from time to time. Therefore, it comes as no surprise Corbin once hospitalized a man who tried to shoot on him at the gym.

Baron Corbin is a former Golden Gloves Boxer and had a football career before joining WWE. After his football career ended, Corbin had to decide what to do next and decided pro wrestling was his calling.

The NXT star is also very proficient in the world of MMA, being a man of large stature. While speaking with Sam Roberts on Notsam Wrestling, Baron Corbin talked about how he has been training in jiu-jitsu,

The former United States Champion then recalled the time a person tried to shoot on him at the gym. This led to Baron Corbin destroying that person’s eye socket – and hospitalizing them as a result.


“I went to the gym where Shayna trains and Shinsuke trains because I knew it would be safe. Nobody’s trying to hurt you. If those guys are there, it’s good. Because sometimes you walk into these gyms, and I’ve been there before. It was a gym in Arizona. I’ll never forget. When I was in there just training on a bag when I was playing football, this guy kept, ‘Hey, man, you wanna spar? We got a heavyweight [that] needs some work.’ I was like, ‘No, I’m good, I’m just training, doing some bag work.’

They’re like, ‘Come on.’ They kept egging me, kept egging me. I was like, ‘I don’t have headgear, I don’t have a mouthpiece, I’m good.’ They kept going. I was like, fine. I asked the gym owner, ‘You got headgear and a mouthpiece?’ He said yeah. I go, ‘Alright, we’ll do a little bit, man. But if you try to bang, we’re gonna have problems.’

He was like, ‘No, I’m good. We’re just gonna play.’ Sure enough, within 30 seconds, he was trying to kill me. So then I wrecked his entire eye socket. He had to go to the hospital. [Smiles] But you go to gyms all over, and it really happens, man. They go, ‘Oh, he’s a WWE star, and he was in the NFL.’ They want to take a shot, like, ‘Oh, they’re not gonna hurt me. We’re in public.’ Whatever, I cracked that dude’s eye open bad. The gut that owned the gym said he never came back after that.”

Baron Corbin recently won gold medal at the Jiu Jitsu World League as well. The WWE Superstar previously revealed that he initially aimed to join the UFC before making his way to WWE. Regardless, Corbin is not someone to be messed with and the person certainly learned his lesson.

What do you think of what Baron Corbin said? Do you feel he is one of WWE’s toughest men? Let us know in the comments!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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