The lifelong fan remembers watching “Macho Man” Randy Savage, Lex Luger and even Rick Steamboat, who has worked on developing superstars for WWE in recent years. As he got older, he became fans of the likes of Triple H and Randy Orton. He names dominant forces like Batista as an inspiration. Corbin really knew he wanted to begin his journey to WWE after attending WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix.
“It was unbelievable,” Corbin said. “The Undertaker versus Shawn Michaels match was out of this world. You get lost in those things. I found myself connected and into it. I was cheering. You just get that feeling. You get chills watching something like that. It’s like the greatest thing you can imagine. Just watching those guys do that jut pushes me to get better everyday and try to accomplish something like that to where I know someone watching will say, ‘Wow, that was amazing!’”
Corbin likes watching NXT alum such as the Shield making strides on WWE television. He hopes to join them sooner rather than later. Corbin comes to training motivated with his eyes and ears open.
“I ride with [NXT superstar] Corey Graves here and there, and he offers great advice,” Corbin said. “[NXT superstars] Leo Kruger, Richie Steamboat and those guys who I’m getting to work with. I had a match against Leo, and he is amazing to work with. The same can be said for [NXT superstar] Rick Victor. You learn so much when you work with guys of that caliber.
“You learn more when you are out there win or lose, and from those who have been doing it for a long time. Those are the guys right now I follow. Everybody here is great, especially the coaches. Norman Smiley is an unbelievable technician, as well as Bill DeMott.”
• WWE NXT web page profile
6-8, 275 pounds
Size, speed, agility and an unmatched competitive nature: These are some of the attributes that best describe NXT’s Baron Corbin.
A three-time Golden Gloves boxing champ, a grappling/jiu-jitsu champ and an NCAA Division II All-American offensive lineman for Northwest Missouri State, Corbin has excelled in various fields of competition. He also spent several years in the NFL, lending his talents on the gridiron to the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals.
Corbin’s exploits outside NXT have proven he has the work ethic of a champion. He is firmly focused on making a name for himself in NXT and showing the WWE Universe that he is the real deal.
Follow Corbin on Twitter: @BaronCorbin_WWE
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• WWE NXT web page profile
6-4, 290 pounds
Passion, perseverance and pride are the three words Mojo Rawley lives by.
Mojo brings intensity to the ring that few can match, while wearing an infectious smile on his face.
Prior to his wrestling career, Rawley played all positions on the defensive line for the University of Maryland and later assumed the same role in the NFL for the Green Bay Packers in 2009 and Arizona Cardinals in 2010.
Known for his explosive style, Mojo shattered countless records in strength and speed. He even earned his MBA degree by age 23.