Baron Corbin has already been crowned King of the Ring and has won the Money in the Bank Ladder Match. On Saturday, he’ll look to add another award to his impressive resume: Royal Rumble champion.
Corbin will be one of 30 fighters looking to earn a shot at Roman Reigns’ championships. To do that, he must be the last man standing in the ring at the famous Royal Rumble match. Twenty-nine other opponents will have to be thrown over the top rope for him to win.
For a former United States Champion like Corbin, that may seem like an easy feat. First, he has battle royale experience, winning the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32.
Also, he is 6-foot-8 and 285 pounds and was an offensive lineman in the NFL. He is not the easiest person to get out of the ring.
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Corbin told Fox News Digital in an interview before the pay-per-view event that the hardest part is not knowing who’s coming out next. Two men start in the ring and then the rest go down the hall at 90-second to two-minute intervals. Even the fighters don’t know who’s coming next.
«There’s no way to really train because you don’t know who’s going to come out next,» Corbin said. «You don’t know what opponent you’re going to see next. Let’s say you’re fourth and you’ve got Ricochet coming out. You better put your speed shoes on because you’re going to have to go. Ricochet is going to move. You’re going to have to duck, duck, dive , diving in, all of that. Then all of a sudden you see a giant Omos come out, and then you have to adjust your game plan. And then Brock Lesnar might come out. You just don’t know who’s coming down the hall.
«I like the philosophy of having your head in a spin and being ready for anything. I’m at the Rumble on Saturday and I have no idea what number I’m coming out of. It could be one, it could be 29. I have no idea. It’s just being in optimal physical condition, have your mental game ready, get a good night’s sleep, and be ready for a fistfight in the phone booth.
Edge, whose real name is Adam Copeland, recalled to Fox News Digital last year how amazing it was for him to hear the fans roar when he made his surprise appearance at last year’s Rumble.
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However, Corbin can attest that the reaction he gets is very different.
«Mine is usually a bunch of booing,» Corbin explained. «It’s pretty amazing though, because I think a lot of people have to work hard to get booed, or they have to do something. And the moment my music comes on, people boo. And I think that’s something very special. I can walk into it, and it’s amazing. It just gets my blood flowing and my blood pumping, and it prepares me for battle.»
Corbin has appeared in a handful of Royal Rumble matches since he was elevated to the main roster in 2016. He said his favorite moment was in 2017 when he faced the legendary Undertaker.
«For me, here in San Antonio, we had the Rumble, and I came to blows with The Undertaker. And I thought that was my first meeting with him. I think I was in the Rumble for, like, 25 minutes, but Taker is the one.» that eliminated me,» Corbin said. «So if you’re going to be eliminated, I think doing it for one of the most iconic superstars of all time is incredible.
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«You know, I don’t want someone like Johnny Gargano to kick me out because I like to punch him in his little head. But getting knocked out by Take, I think, is pretty cool and just throws punches with him. Because I think he’s one of the better punchers of the game. It was a great experience.»
Corbin will enter the game with the experience and veteran leadership behind him. He has been working with WWE Hall of Famer John Bradshaw Layfield (JBL) in recent weeks. He said that the former Acolyte has been a great help.
«Every day he gives me advice, it’s amazing,» Corbin told Fox News Digital. «He’s a good person to be around because we have very similar personalities. We’re both sometimes intolerable to most people and irritate people. And we don’t really care about people’s feelings, so it’s nice to have that. «.
«But he’s also helping me evolve my game, how I am in the ring, how I carry myself outside the ring. How to inflict punishment on my opponents. When to just pick it up and go. And he’s just the best.» in that, in my opinion. He’s one of the best baddies of all time, and he’s going to help give me some advice for the Rumble. How to increase my stock and how to give myself the best chance to go out and win. And who knows, it might help me.
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The winner of the Royal Rumble will be able to headline a night of WrestleMania in Los Angeles in April. Last year, Brock Lesnar won the event after losing the WWE championship to Bobby Lashley that same night. Lesnar, however, lost to Reigns in their WrestleMania match.
Corbin said that headlining WrestleMania is the reason «why I’m here.»
«That’s why I’m here in WWE. I want to main event WrestleMania,» Corbin said. «I want to be a world champion. There are no ifs, buts or conditions to that. I’ve spent a lot of time in the main event. I’ve spent a lot of time with world champions in matches, and I never made it.» and win to become world champion. And this guarantees me a place like that. Winning the Rumble would be amazing.
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«I couldn’t think of a better story to win this and face Roman Reigns, if he beats Kevin Owens this weekend at WrestleMania in the main event. And, for me, being who I am in the ring.» , a lot of people hate me, hate what I do.
«And to go on and win the Rumble and achieve that and then become world champion, for me, it’s like giving the middle finger to all these people who say I’m no good or they don’t like what I do or they can’t.» I don’t get into it or I’m just whatever. To me, that’s the best possible way of saying, «Suck on that, dude!»
The 2023 Royal Rumble will take place at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. It is the fourth Royal Rumble in San Antonio.
The event can be viewed on Saturday at 8 pm ET on Peacock.