In the past month, Baron Corbin unsuccessfully cashed in his Money in the Bank contract and then quickly lost a match to John Cena at SummerSlam. This has many fans thinking the “Lone Wolf” has heat backstage.
His fortunes falling has nothing to do with a rumored backstage incident with Cena, nor his behavior on Twitter. According to Dave Meltzer in the latest issue of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, it is due to “an entirely different situation outside of the ring that happened a few weeks ago.”
When asked by readers to elaborate on the incident, Meltzer said Corbin would have been fired if not for Vince McMahon.
Meltzer wrote on the F4WOnline.com message board, “Only thing I can say is that there was an incident, it wasn’t anything reported, nothing in the ring, not related to Twitter or talent, and they changed booking plans. He’ll be fine. Vince loves him. If not, he’d have been fired.”
On Friday, Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com was asked why Corbin may have lost his push and revealed some information he heard from four different wrestlers in WWE, each of whom providing similar stories.
According to Johnson, Corbin doesn’t have heat over his behavior on Twitter. He noted that WWE officials actually don’t care about that.
Johnson said that he’d heard from four different wrestlers within WWE that at a talent meeting before a show, Joseph C. Maroon, MD, the Medical Director for WWE, spoke out about the link between football and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). Corbin derailed the meeting by arguing with Maroon several times regarding CTE, citing his prior experience as a player in the NFL.
It is believed that the constant disruptions to a meeting featuring several high-ranking WWE executives led to Corbin’s current situation. The prevailing feeling among observers being that Corbin handled things badly and that he should have taken Maroon aside afterward.