Welcome back to Entertainment Escape. We are within DAYS of WrestleMania and there is a lot of ground left to cover. Today, we are continuing our WrestleMania Rumor Mill series. Expect to get the third and final episode of the Rumor Mill series followed by a complete two-part WrestleMania prediction preview between today and Sunday.
It has been a good little while since my post about Kevin Owens (apologies all over; graduate school is not the type of endeavor that welcomes side projects) and so much has happened between then and now. Nevertheless, I will try my best to put together an official WrestleMania preview blog as best I can, but with what appears to be at least 12 matches on the full card, this rumor mill series may have to suffice. A look at John Cena’s WrestleMania is still forthcoming.
As the rumor mill continues to churn and the stories burn red-hot toward the “Grandest Stage of Them All”, the next person I will highlight is “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin.
Baron Corbin’s rise and his molding into a top player on the Smackdown LIVE roster began at last year’s WrestleMania. The man went into the 3rd annual Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal as the sole entrant to represent NXT. He would go on to win the match, last eliminating Kane (I think? Please find WrestleMania 32 on WWE Network to back me up on that). Over the weeks to follow, Baron Corbin got involved in a rivalry with Dolph Ziggler. The Showoff and the Lone Wolf would have quite an interesting feud over three months after WrestleMania, but that story did not necessarily go anywhere for Baron Corbin. His status had risen, but he had not crested into the main event/marquee/prime-time level.
Once he was drafted to Smackdown, he barreled into an extended confrontation with Kalisto that concluded with a brutal chairs match at TLC in December. Baron Corbin was also involved in a triple threat match for the WWE World Heavyweight Championship toward the end of the year that also included Ziggler and then-champion AJ Styles. Corbin looked very impressive in that match and almost stood to win the championship right there on the spot, but it was not meant to be.
He has now set his sights on Dean Ambrose and the Intercontinental Championship saying that no matter how many times Dean Ambrose calls him out, they will meet on his terms. It appears his terms will be at WrestleMania. The match looks to be Baron’s to win. I firmly believe that Dean Ambrose vs. Baron Corbin for the Intercontinental Championship will stand to steal the Ultimate Thrill Ride.
Baron Corbin’s star was forged in NXT. It shined as bright as it ever could at WrestleMania 32. This Sunday, that same star will supernova into its next form: The next Intercontinental Champion and one step closer to the head of the pack – exactly where someone known as The Lone Wolf wants to be.
what do you think, friends and fans? Does “The Lone Wolf” Baron Corbin have what it takes to join the ranks of “The Heartbreak Kid” Shawn Michaels, “Macho Man” Randy Savage, and the Class of 2017 Hall of Famer “Ravishing” Rick Rude as Intercontinental Champion? Will the Lunatic Fringe pull out all the stops against The Lone Wolf predatory intentions? Will all the stops be enough? Will we see new heights for both men?
Please join the conversation on social media and let the world know what you think may happen come Sunday for Baron Corbin, Dean Ambrose, and anyone else involved in all of the WrestleMania festivities.