If you were like many of the surprised fans who witnessed Baron Corbin pick up a clean pin over Ricochet last night, this is only the beginning. According to a report by Dave Meltzer on Wrestling Observer Radio (h/t Ringside News), WWE is “building Corbin Up for” an eventual match against Universal Champion Seth Rollins.
This is also a good sign that Corbin will not be winning the Money in the Bank Match on Sunday. After all, if Corbin is already in line for a title shot, he hardly needs the briefcase.
Corbin vs. Rollins has been advertised for Extreme Rules by the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Along with a Triple Threat that will feature Kofi Kingston vs. Kevin Owens vs. Randy Orton and a matchup between Roman Reigns and Elias with his partner Shane McMahon, Corbin and Rollins will headline the show. AJ Styles vs. Drew McIntrye will also be a feature match on the card.
Extreme Rules is two months away, so Corbin’s push will likely continue over that time to make him a believable challenger. Victories, like the one over Richochet, will probably continue.
This is probably also a hint that Rollins will retain his title over Styles this Sunday.
Why Push Corbin Now?
It’s been rumored for some time that WWE has liked Corbin and wanted to give him a run. While he’s among the most-hated performers in WWE, the company believes it’s because he’s done an effective job with his character.
He was in line for a push a while back but it taken away when he lost his Money in the Bank shot and after what looks to be some lost confidence by the writing staff and producers. With some solid work as “Constable” and a reliable heel who maintains his momentum, win or lose, he’s got the eye of McMahon again.
With big wins over Kurt Angle and others, his push likely won’t end in a title run but he could be a main player on Raw over the next 5-7 weeks.