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YMMV / Baron Corbin

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  • Awesome Music: His theme song introduced in September 2017, "I Bring the Darkness (End of Days)", AKA the remix of Jim Johnston's "New Rules" with more dynamic instruments and lyrics sung by Tommy Vext. Aside from being the first non-looping lyrical full song officially made for a wrestler in WWE since Sasha Banks' "Sky's the Limit" in 2014, it's being widely praised as a case and point in how superior Johnston is to his successors, not to mention a perfect example of why critics who find CFO$ musically lazy have been asking for efforts such as this.
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  • Badass Decay: Ever since moving to Raw and becoming Constable, Corbin went from a somewhat Wrestling Monster on both NXT and SmackDown to unable to win a match without someone interfering on his half or changing the match stipulation the last minute.
  • Base-Breaking Character: Corbin received a good treatment from the fans for some time after he squashed CJ Parker, who was seen as The Scrappy of NXT, at NXT TakeOver II. It also helps that his finisher, the End of Days, looks awesome. However, it faded with time, and he became more of a Base-Breaking Character, at one point bordering on an outright Scrappy prior to his Face–Heel Turn and facing competitive opponents which allowed him to actually demonstrate and improve his ring work.
  • Catharsis Factor: Those who ate the whole "Baron Corbin is the responsible for every bad thing happening in Raw" (or those who had downright grown to hate Corbin as a performer) surely felt this at TLC 2018 and the following Raw episode.
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  • Ensemble Dark Horse: His first several weeks on the main roster (after winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal) were spent in a heatless feud with Dolph Ziggler, and nobody was sure if he could make it and grab the proverbial brass ring. The 2016 draft changed many fans' opinion of him, as Corbin slowly, but surely became one of SmackDown's highlights, gifted with incredible mic skills and an interesting wrestling style, reminding people of Test, another underrated talent from a decade ago. His wisely-moderated push as a Wrestling Monster also helps.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Sure, the Baron Corbin character is a Jerkass heel, and some may think that Tom Pestock the performer may have his shortcomings, but even counting those things, there were those who felt that the whole "Baron Corbin is the responsible for every bad thing happening in Raw because he's the Acting General Manager" made him just another victim of the WWE's creative team's horrendous booking decisions and instead blamed Raw's shortcomings on them generally, and on Vince McMahon particularly. Especially when, the following Raw, the four members of the McMahon family appeared to announce a series of changes involving both Raw and SmackDown. Let's just say that, in comparison to him, Paige got a heartfelt farewell in front of the roster, who cheered her. It doesn't really help that other than Corbin no longer being able to sway matches in his favor, none of the problems people had with Raw at the time were fixed by him being removed.
  • Memetic Mutation:
    • Corbin's belly is sad.Explanation 
    • Corbin vs Dean Ambrose in a Hair vs. Hair match.Explanation 
    • Sacha Baron Corbin.Explanation 
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap:
    • Corbin's performance in the 2019 King of the Ring tournament has slowly begun to rescue him from the near-universal criticism he had been receiving since the latter half of 2018. Many were pleasantly surprised at how strong his in-ring work was compared to most of his run of Raw up to that point. Though there is still a lot of skepticism surrounding his character (his promos still are prone to a lot of criticism), his Stupid Evil tactics and attitude have been toned down significantly, much to the relief of fans.
  • The Scrappy: Became absolutely despised during his run as Raw General Manager in the fall of 2018. Though fans would have to argue that the creative team had placed his character in an incredibly difficult position by the end of the year, many people had noted how his in-ring/promo work during this time had become much lazier and average in comparison to his run on SmackDown. It went to the point that all bad things happening at Raw began to be blamed squarely on him in-universe and on-screen. Even after being removed from power, many agree his role in a heel stable with Drew McIntyre and Bobby Lashley isn't working either, due to its utterly generic and dull booking.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: While it is pretty much universally agreed that shaving Corbin's hair off was the right call, many point out that WWE should have done it in a Hair vs. Hair match.
  • X-Pac Heat: Though he had been getting very bad reactions since the previous year due to his mediocre run as the Raw GM, the backlash after Kurt Angle announced Corbin would be his opponent for his final retirement match at WrestleMania 35 was insane. Most people wanted either John Cena (who had debuted in the WWE against Angle in 2002) or at least for Kurt to put over an up-and-comer whose career hasn't been tragically mismanaged like Corbin has and thus could actually benefit from being put over by retiring a legend as big as Angle. The criticism was so immediate that when Corbin came out for a match later that episode, the crowd hijacked it by chanting "You're not Cena!" at him — and this episode of RAW was taking place in Chicago! Despite expectations that WWE was planning some kind of swerve, the match went ahead exactly as planned, much to the disappointment of everyone, with the universal consensus being that Kurt deserved better and Corbin was an unworthy final opponent.

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