However, due to a small distraction from Cena, Corbin was caught by Mahal in a roll-up, and therefore, lost the match and his briefcase.
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Naturally, this caused the Internet to explode and many fans were outraged at the fact that WWE took the contract away from such a deserving competitor. And while I was a bit stunned at first, having slept on it, I have my own thoughts on the matter.
In my opinion, Baron Corbin losing the “Money In The Bank” contract doesn’t hurt him or his position in WWE at all.
Now, before I begin to state my case, let me say that I am a big Baron Corbin fan. I love his character, his ring presence and what he brings to the table. He will be the WWE Champion one day, and will do a great job when he finally gets to the top of the mountain.
However, there are three main factors that lead me to my conclusion. First, we have to remember that Baron Corbin is a heel and his character indicates that he should be getting booed out of the building everywhere he goes. The reaction that he got when he was about to cash in was a huge pop from the crowd. That’s not what his character is going for. If he won the WWE Championship, he would have became an instant face, and that would have completely killed his momentum and his character.
Second, “The Lone Wolf” has a match with Cena this Sunday at “SummerSlam.” Do you not think that this incident will add fuel to his fire? Corbin will defeat Cena on Sunday and send the leader of the “CeNation” over to “Raw.” What will he able to hang his hat on more: winning a title that is simply a prop, or causing a 16-time World Champion, and arguably the greatest of all time, to leave “Smackdown Live?” Hint: it’s the latter.
Third, this incident has caused many fans to have passionate responses, which they have then posted about on social media. This means that lots of people are talking about the product, which is exactly what WWE wants. Also, now many more people will check out “SummerSlam” because they want to see what happens to Corbin and Cena following the end of “Smackdown Live.” The bottom line, is that this move was very much “best for business.”
Many fans are worried that this incident will cause Corbin to become the new Damien Sandow and end up being released from the company. I don’t think it will happen. Corbin’s character is so unique and can be used in so many ways that he will be just fine. WWE knows what they have with him and he will continue to be a major player in the company for a long time.
As wrestling fans, we have to be patient and see what WWE does with Baron Corbin going forward. Too often, we have knee-jerk reactions and immediately think that the company has lost its mind because we didn’t get what we want. I’m excited about this storyline; there may be a long-term plan, so why don’t we see how it all plays out?
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