WWE News: Major Push Coming For ‘SmackDown’ Star Baron Corbin In 2017?

Andy Slawecki - Author
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Dec. 8 2016, Updated 6:07 a.m. ET

The most recent NXT graduates drafted to the SmackDown brand include Apollo Crews, Baron Corbin, Mojo Rawley, The Vaudevillains, American Alpha, Alexa Bliss, and Carmella. Corbin and Crews debuted on the main roster at WrestleMania, and they both appeared the night after on RAW. Gotch and English followed shortly after, and the rest were called up via the brand extension draft.

Of those mentioned, Baron Corbin was the highest draft pick, selected as the 19th overall pick and chosen eighth by Shane McMahon and Daniel Bryan of the blue brand. Jordan and Gable are on the cusp of a push within SmackDown’s tag team division, and Bliss recently became the Women’s Champion, but expectations were obviously tempered for this crew based on draft positioning alone.

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There might have been somewhat lofty plans in the works for Baron Corbin upon his promotion due to the fact that he won the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal in his first night on the main roster. But his momentum fizzled out during his inaugural program with Dolph Ziggler. As we now know, Ziggler even admitted to “checking out” prior to putting his career on the line in his feud with The Miz after the brand split, so that certainly could have played a part in Corbin’s struggles.

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