After watching the last few weeks, it’s clear that both SmackDown and RAW have some relatively young and emerging big men-Braun Strowman and Baron Corbin. So, naturally, we asked our writers: who is better?
To be frank, I like both men; but, I lean towards Corbin. There’s something about his character and since the brand extension, I want to know more, see more of him – but the opportunities have not been there for one reason or another. Braun Strowman is a big man, who likes to beat people up, and throw them around. Baron Corbin is more methodical. His character has real depth. He’s more than just a big man, he’s complicated, and I love the ‘lone wolf’ element to his gimmick.
The thing about Braun is, as a heel he can be destructive. Not to say he can’t turn face, but I would imagine that if he did, he’d transformer into a goofier version of his current persona. Kind of like how the Big Show is when he’s a good guy. Whereas Corbin could be face or heel, but still have that same attitude he has. I like them both, but the better ‘big’ in my books is Corbin.
It’s a matter of preference, I suppose. I mean, I think Strowman could outmuscle just about anyone on the roster. He’s a brute, and a monster heel, and that’s good. Corbin, while still imposing and strong, is not nearly as intimidating as Strowman in my opinion. But, of the two, if I were choosing one to be on my team? I’d start with Baron Corbin.
Why? Because I think he’s the more polished and refined star. I think Corbin is nearly ready for a major push complete with a championship belt, where I see Strowman as not quite ready to ascend to those heights. Heck, he might not ever hold the gold, but he could be a new dominant big who is capable of being one of the top heels. And there’s nothing wrong with that.
But when I look a Corbin, here’s a big guy, who is quick and athletic and who plays the heel role beautifully. He’s going to be fun to watch for years.
An interesting question at this point and time. 10 months ago, I would say both could be called flops. Instead, the two have slowly gained a better position on their respective roster.
We’ve seen WWE book them in opposite ways. Braun Strowman has yet to be pinned or submitted and virtually nobody (outside of a Sami Zayn match) has gotten any offense. Baron Corbin has reached several backs, but he always bounces back and seems to be heading in the direction as a possible main event wrestler in several years.
They’re virtually a tie, so the question is more who will be a star five years from now in WWE. I’ll go with Strowman because WWE needs a giant sized wrestler and he seems to be getting that push. Plus, I think Strowman has improved after being nearly unwatchable a year ago. There’s potential.