Former WWE Superstar Chris Hero has given his take on an incident where Baron Corbin showed a distinct lack of respect to a wrestling veteran when they joined the company.
Known during his time in WWE as Kassius Ohno, Chris Hero had the confrontation with Baron Corbin shortly after the latter joined the organisation following his time in the NFL.
Discussing the incident with Mojo Rawley on Shoot Conversations With Chris Hero, The Knockout Artist opened up on how Corbin had described veteran Sara Del Ray as “some girl” when she was brought in to WWE as a coach at the Performance Centre.
He was brand new. Football Tom is Baron Corbin, he’s burned into my head forever as Football Tom. He speaks, ‘Yeah…okay,’ You might think he’s kind of bored when he talks. He doesn’t speak like, ‘Oh yes, okay.’ The new class that was starting that day, he’s like, ‘Yeah…they got this new girl,’ and he was talking about Sara [Amato]. I just remember that it happened and I was standing in McIntyre’s and I was like, ‘How dare you!
He went on to explain that whilst this was maybe just Corbin “being an asshole”, it would seem he was advised to do so by some people.
I heard at the time that he was told to play it up. ‘It’s okay. You want people…’ F**k off, that’s terrible advice. Sara Del Ray had just come in at a tryout camp, the same one with Sasha Banks, Sami Zayn, Scott Dawson, and a bunch of them got hired. Sara got hired as a coach, so she came to Tampa to coach the girls. For him to go, ‘Oh yeah, some new girl.’ Maybe I’m embellishing.
Baron Corbin did end up apologising to Chris Hero, but it would seem he didn’t quite understand what he had done to antagonise the situation.
I was like, ‘How dare you, f**king do some research. You’re going to talk about one of your coaches that way? Get your shit in gear.’ ‘Oh, I’m sorry man, why are you so mad?’ We never had any kind of continued heat off of that, I just remember being like, ‘What’s this guy’s problem?’
Corbin has recently been repacked on WWE SmackDown, now being ‘Happy Corbin’ after finally solving his money problems. He also has Riddick Moss, also having been repackaged, at his side.
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.