Will a third-straight pay-per-view (PPV) match between these two settle anything? At least they’re on the main show this time...
The Road to Money in the Bank
After showing up at WrestleMania 32 and besting a crowd which included Diamond Dallas Page and Shaquille O’Neal to become the third Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal winner, Baron Corbin thought he was on top of the world.
But the next night on Raw, that arrogance cost him a chance to continue his hot start with a win over former World champ Dolph Ziggler. The Lone Wolf ignored the referee’s count and found himself on the wrong end of disqualification loss.
It would be a continuing trend for the former National Football Leaguer. There interactions would be increasingly brutal, but Corbin always seemed to make a mistake at the wrong time, such as in their match at Payback, where Ziggler rolled him up while he jawed with the ref.
At Extreme Rules, the no DQ stipulation suited the Lone Wolf, and he used a low blow to pick up a big win:
But the Show-Off hasn’t hung around in WWE without a few tricks of his own up his sleeve. After getting a "technical wrestling" stipulation which seemed to favor the former All-American, Dolph tossed his amateur background aside to give Corbin a taste of his own medicine:
There won’t be any stipulations come Sunday, just good old-fashioned sports entertainment to determine the better man.
What's at stake?
A win would seem to mean more to the recent NXT call-up. Although he’s physically dominated the smaller Ziggler, Corbin is still the new guy in the eyes of the WWE Universe. Despite what they tell us for a few weeks each March, the Andre trophy doesn’t mean a whole heck of a lot. Any credibility Baron gained with that win would be forgotten if he losses clean to Dolph here.
The Show-Off has those World title runs no one can take away from him, plus a handful of other moments which have cemented him as an upper mid-carder who a certain segment of the fan base is always willing to get behind. A couple weeks off and/or wins over some lesser stars before the draft (or other brand splitting mechanism) and he’ll be right where he was heading into Mania, even with a loss here.
But that’s just my two cents. How does WWE see it?
Find out Sunday night at 8PM Eastern on WWE Network, and right here at Cageside Seats!