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"I don't live for anyone other than myself."
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I'll be your end of days.

Thomas Pestock (born September 13, 1984 in Lenexa, Kansas) is an American professional wrestler, retired boxer and football player currently signed to WWE, where he performs under the ring name Baron Corbin.

He was initially a Jobber prior to being repackaged as a Wrestling Monster. At WrestleMania 32, he made his main roster debut at that year's Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal and winning it too. Later that year he was drafted to SmackDown Live and in 2017 became Mr. Money in the Bank and won the United States Championship at Hell in a Cell 2017.

In 2018, he was drafted to Raw and after Backlash 2018 became a heel authority, first as "Constable" Baron Corbin, relying Commisioner Stephanie McMahon's orders and opinions to GM Kurt Angle, then (after Angle's screw-ups granting him a "vacation") as the "Acting General Manager" all the way up to Survivor Series 2018, then as "General Manager-Elect" on the road to TLC 2018, where he was finally ousted from power.

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"I Bring the Tropes":

  • 0% Approval Rating: Thanks to his schtick as the Constable of Raw and his part in the Terrible Trio he formed with Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley, he almost reached a Brock Lesnar-like level of rejection on the roster:
    Seth Rollins: We know that nobody likes Lashley, nobody in the world likes Corbin, not one person actually, not, not a human that's ever existed in all of space and time.
  • 13 Is Unlucky: Corbin has "13" emblazoned on his pants, which he considers his lucky number. It was even his number in the 2017 Royal Rumble, where he managed to eliminate the unstoppable Braun Strowman. Pestock's birthday also falls on September 13.
  • The Aloner: His Red Baron (no pun intended) is "The Lone Wolf" for a reason.
  • Animal Motifs: Wolves.
  • Anti-Hero: As a face.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Bull Dempsey, though Corbin seemed to view Dempsey as less of a rival and more of a persistent annoyance.
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    • After Dempsey was demoted to Jobber status, Rhyno seemed to have taken his place as Corbin's rival. Corbin and Rhyno later formed an uneasy alliance for the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic tournament and actually did well, making it all the way to the final round.
    • He then interrupted a title match between Apollo Crews and Finn Bálor, which has led to a feud between him and Crews.
    • Then he interrupted Austin Aries' entrance in Aries' NXT debut to beat him down and start a feud with Aries.
    • After debuting on the main roster, he and Dolph Ziggler were at each other's throats for months.
    • As Constable Corbin, he got into multiple altercations with Finn Balor and Kurt Angle, hoping to dethrone the latter as Raw's General Manager. He also got into one with Braun Strowman after screwing him for the Universal Championship at Crown Jewel. Pissed off, the Monster Among Men demanded a match with Corbin at TLC to determine Corbin's position as Raw's General Manager. Not wanting to face him, Corbin teamed up with Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley to destroy Strowman, breaking his arm in the process. The feud reignited later with both Angle and Strowman after Royal Rumble 2019.
    • He also had two short feuds with Kalisto and Sin Cara in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
    • In late 2018 he feuded with Elias after failing to become permanent General Manager of Raw.
    • In middle of 2019 he feud with Seth Rollins for the Universal Championship.
  • A Taste of Their Own Medicine: As acting General Manager, Corbin often changed the stipulation of matches midway in his or his associates' favor. The day after he lost his power as General Manager of Raw, Corbin was put into a match against Kurt Angle, which then changed into a 4-1 Handicap Match midway, and later a No Disqualification match as well.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Baron Corbin.
  • Badass Biker: He has a bit of a biker motif and is also a motorcycle aficionado in real life.
  • Badass Boast: The chorus of his second theme song is definitely one.
    I bring the darkness, I am the thunder
    I come from Hell, and I'll pull you under
    I'll make you feel the wrath of my ways
    I'll make it real, I'll be your end of days
  • Bald of Evil: Faced with a losing war against his prematurely-receding hairline, Baron finally buzzed it completely off in June 2018. Much like it was with Kurt Angle, this decision was widely received as reinforcing his aggressive, stone-cold Heel image.
  • Barbarian Longhair: He had long hair up until June 2018 and is very aggressive in the ring.
  • Batman Gambit: After Seth Rollins beat up any man Corbin picked to be his referee at their match at Stomping Grounds, Corbin picked Lacey Evans to take the spot, having correctly assessed that Rollins Wouldn't Hit a Girl.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: As Raw GM, his authority was about as recognized by the roster as you'd expect, to the point Elias had no reservations about mocking him and ultimately decking him with his guitar.
  • The Brute: He's a big, tall man whose wrestling style can be described as "pounding the hell out of his opponent."
  • The Bully: Corbin is a big guy and one of his hobbies is beating up small guys, whom he hates — especially Kalisto.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Decided to screw Braun Strowman out of his title match. Naturally, he spent the next Raw literally barricading the venue to get away from him.
  • The Bus Came Back: Having previously been a jobber, he officially debuted at NXT TakeOver II to squash CJ Parker, which instantly got most of the audience on his side.
  • Catchphrase: On Twitter, and in his promos, it's "You can't fight fate" and "All hail".
  • Collector of the Strange: Not part of his gimmick, but in real life Pestock is known for buying weird stuff, like old medical tools or the remains of animals.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: Part of his mercenary persona is him showing off and bragging about his expensive watches and nice house.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: His match with "The Demon" at SummerSlam 2018. Not expecting to face Balor's alter ego and caught completely by surprise, he doesn't put up a single bit of offense and the whole match is the Demon kicking his ass from pillar to post before finishing him with the Coup de Grace.
  • David vs. Goliath: Corbin's bigger than most people. His favorites to beat up, though, seem to be indy types on the smaller side of the size spectrum. Definitely true of his feud with Kalisto, who's the smallest guy on the roster that doesn't exclusively work the Cruiserweight Division and Ricochet.
  • Darker and Edgier: Following his failed MITB cash-in on Jinder Mahal, WWE gave Corbin a subtle but appreciable repackaging, giving him a new entrance theme and altering his gimmick so as to make him look less like an archetypal bully and more like a ruthless, borderline-Satanic hound of hell. This naturally created a perfect contrast when Corbin challenged and defeated squeaky-clean, all-American Southern boy AJ Styles for the United States Championship.
  • Darkhorse Victory:
    • His main roster debut - winning the 3rd Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania with no setup whatsoever. He was only given a passing mention as being in the Battle Royal (although he would've been hard not to notice at 6'8") and was widely thought to be an extra body - until he won the whole thing, cementing his victory by eliminating Kane of all people, who happens to have a very good record in battle royal situations note  and was pushed as a possible winner.
    • The next shocker came at Money in the Bank 2017, where Corbin won the briefcase. Among the people participating in the match were fan favorites like AJ Styles, Shinsuke Nakamura and Kevin Owens, who were all expected to win, yet Corbin took the opportunity and grabbed the briefcase, cementing himself on the top of the card.
  • The Dog Bites Back: At TLC 2018, everyone that Corbin had antagonized with during his tenure as Constable of Raw (Finn Balor, Apollo Crews, Bobby Roode, and Chad Gable) helped Braun Strowman to beat up Corbin retribution for everything he had done to them. To make things worse, Heath Slater, whom Corbin busted down to referee and fired his friend Rhyno two weeks ago, sided against him as well and made the count when Strowman pinned him.
  • Evil vs. Evil: He's completely willing to beat up heels as well, being a loner and all. His dislike of The Miz throughout 2017 is the most notable instance, culminating in them facing off in a Champion vs. Champion match (Corbin the United States Champion versus Miz the Intercontinental Champion) at Survivor Series at the end of that year.
  • Expy:
    • Not so much in character, but he has a lot of similarities to 80's WWF wrestler and his trainer Bad News Brown, especially his loner, misanthropic tendencies and inability to get along with either faces or heels.
    • Of Corporate Kane since becoming the Constable of Raw. Both were wrestlers with a dark motif (Kane being straight-up supernatural) before assuming an on-screen authority position that led to their characters becoming relatively more mundane, complete with adopting civilian clothing (Kane wearing a suit, Corbin a shirt and waistcoat) and even wrestling with said clothes.
    • Shows many similarities to the early 2010s WWE run of Wade Barrett, including:
      • Being tall, smug heels with real-life backgrounds in a legit combat sport (Barrett a bareknuckle boxer at 6'7", Corbin a regional champion boxer in the Kansas/Missouri area at 6'8").
      • Similar up-and-down career arcs where they were on the cusp of world title glory (Barrett winning a WWE Championship shot by virtue of winning the first season of NXT, Corbin winning Money in the Bank 2017) only for WWE for one reason or another to get cold feet at the last second and book them to lose the crucial world title match.
      • Both use variations of a spinning side slam as a signature move
      • Both have the same lyric in their best-known entrance themes. ("I'll be your end of days.")
  • Face–Heel Turn: Although his actual turn is hard to pin down, he gradually became one in NXT as the crowd started to turn on him for some reason and the NXT writers just rolled with it. He turned heel again after being moved to Raw in 2018, by attacking No Way Jose. So much for a short-lived Heel–Face Turn...
  • Failed a Spot Check: After the Raw sweep at Survivor Series 2018, Braun Strowman was granted a match against Corbin for TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs, the stipulations being that a) it was going to be a TLC match (remember this point) and b) if Corbin won, he would be the permanent GM of Raw, while if he lost he would lose that position.note  So Corbin, in his quest to ensure the job, staged an assault on the next Raw upon Strowman, with the help of fellow heels Dolph Ziggler, Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley, breaking Braun's arms in the process. He also got to split the Tag Team of Heath Slater and Rhyno, firing the latter and busting the former down to referee. Come TLC, with Slater as the official for their match, he started the countdown; when it reached 8, Braun's music hit... and he reminded Corbin that a side stipulation of TLC matches was the lack of disqualifications and countouts. Cue Braun summoning Apollo Crews, Chad Gable, Bobby Roode and Finn Bálor to unleash hell upon him, Slater turning on him, and Corbin escaping... only for Kurt Angle's music to hit, and the Olympic Gold Medalist took Corbin on a trip to Suplex City. Slater's final act as official that day was the three count for Strowman's win. Long story short: a minuscule detail which slipped up ended up with Corbin losing his power and everyone he tormented getting back at him.
  • Finishing Move: A pendulum lifting Reverse STO he calls the End of Days. Austin Aries, while on NXT, was the only one to kick out of it, while on the main roster it's a One-Hit Kill.
  • Forklift Fu: He tried to crush Dean Ambrose with one during a backstage brawl.
  • Genre Roulette: Corbin's gimmick is a very eclectic mix of different 'genres' of wrestling. He has a mix of the old-school by being a big, greedy, arrogant, bullying heel who played pro football. He has a bit of 90s era WWF by being a vaguely supernatural guy associated with an 'alternative' subculture (metal and motorcycles). And he has a bit of the current, meta-character by being a commentary on the "sissification" and "indiefication" of WWE by being a 'real' athlete who's big and slow, didn't work the indies or grow up as a fan of wrestling, grew an irrational hatred of former indy wrestling stars, and doesn't care about making friends with his peers or putting on good matches. After become the Constable of Raw, he added the 'corporate stooge' trope to the mix.
  • The Giant: He's 6'8.
  • Hate Sink: Moreso than anyone in WWE not named McMahon, he's been singled out as the guy to hate in the current era. From his stint as Acting Raw General Manager to his Terrible Trio with Lashley and McIntyre, Corbin seems to be on a quest to get as much heat as possible.
  • Hates Everyone Equally: This is consistent as both a face and a heel. He doesn't like anyone else in the locker room regardless of their alignment. Not too many people seem to like him back either.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In 2018 Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn attacked Corbin before the match against Dolph Ziggler, turning Corbin face for the first time in his career.
  • Hellhound: Corbin's signature blazing wolf's head effigy evokes this image, and a lyric in his entrance theme says "I come from Hell and I'll pull you under."
  • Hero Killer: Unlike his Raw counterpart Braun Strowman, who slowly worked his way up through the roster by eating low- and mid-tier wrestlers alive, Corbin leaped straight to the top of the company by going for the throats of top stars like AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura.
  • It's All About Me: He doesn't beat around the bush when it comes to his priorities.
  • Jerkass: Disparaging the crowd and his colleagues, running down smaller wrestlers, and generally being a huge asshole are sort of Baron's thing. Where his counterpart Braun Strowman is the personification of rage, Baron Corbin is the personification of spite.
  • "London, England" Syndrome: He's billed from Kansas City, but we haven't been told which Kansas City (there's a Kansas City in Missouri, Kansas, and Oregon). For all we know he could be from the Kansas City border. (The Kansas and Missouri cities are part of a larger metropolitan area which straddles the border of the two states…and said area is, of course, named Kansas City.)
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: In NXT, it was hinted that he's not actually human (having called himself a 'different breed' and alluded to 'my kind' in a promo), but there's no concrete evidence either way if he's giving away that he's supernatural or just describing the (metal/biker) subculture he's in. Given the wolf motif, some fans think that he may be a werewolf. Not much of it surfaced on the main roster, however.
  • Meaningful Name: 'Corbin' means 'raven-haired'.
  • Mighty Glacier: When he's not having a squash match, he moves slowly, but he hits his opponents hard. Case in point: one clothesline from Baron was enough to hurl Braun Strowman out of the ring at Royal Rumble '17.
  • Mouth of Sauron: His current role as the Constable of Raw, as he relays Stephanie's orders to Angle and reprimands him in her stead.
  • Mysterious Past: According to the commentators, nobody knows anything about him, and even Regal couldn't— or wouldn't— say. Subverted once Pestock's real life pas as a football player and boxer was incorporated into his character upon his heel turn.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Since teaming up with Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley, his tenure as GM went from a running joke to a legitimately dangerous Tyrant Takes the Helm arc where he decided to lean fully into exercising abuse of power and screwing over the faces of Raw as much as he can.
  • Only in It for the Money: He always goes where the money is.
  • Phrase Catcher:
    • He was one of the recipients of the 'X is gonna kill you' chant at NXT.
    • After failing to cash in the Money in the Bank contract, the fans like to chant "Where's your briefcase?"
  • Power Trio: An unnamed trionote  with Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre formed after Corbin's ousting from power after TLC 2018.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He can give a creepy smirk after he wins.
  • The Quiet One: He didn't talk a lot at first — he walked in, squashed his match, and usually left straight afterwards without so much as saying a single word. This changed when Bull Dempsey started to annoy him. Since joining the commentary team on NXT, Corey Graves has claimed that they would hang around the same circles, and while Corbin didn't say much, when he did speak, people paid attention. He started talking a lot more after being appointed a Constable of Raw.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: As Constable of Raw (later Acting General Manager), he uses his power to turn any matches into his favor such as turning his match with Finn Balor into a handicap match midway.
  • Shadow Archetype:
    • To about half the roster. Every wrestler who wanted to be a wrestler since they were a kid and cares about the craft over making a buck, especially if they're small and had an unconventional or circuitous route to WWE. As Corbin said, all it took was one phone call and he was in.
    • Has more directly become this to AJ Styles. A closer looks at his new entrance mannerisms reveals essentially a bigger and darker version of AJ's entrance, and his new theme song portrays him as a hellish scourge in direct contrast to the Southern Christian crowd-favorite Styles.
  • Signature Move: Apart from End of Days, Deep Six, a spinning back suplex or side slam.
  • Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: To Kurt Angle as the Constable of Raw, trying to revert Angle's more lenient decisions into far more severe ones.
  • Smug Snake: Especially as Acting General Manager on Raw.
  • Squash Match: In between his return at NXT TakeOver II and the arrival of Samoa Joe, he was pretty much winning every match in usually under a minute. By October 2014, the audience were counting how long the matches went for.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Yes Corbin, antagonize a ton of the locker room, arrange a TLC match (which means no disqualifications) in which you'll be stripped of your power if you lost, and then have someone you forced to retire from wrestling to become a referee and whose friend you fired call the match. That won't blow up in your face at all.
  • Two First Names: Corbin can be both a first name and a last name. Baron can be both a first name and a title.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: As acting RAW GM. Literally all he does with the position is make life hell for guys on the roster he doesn't like.
  • Wrestling Monster: No onenote  has kicked out of his finisher. No one.

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