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?

Dorathy Gass:

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.

John Deegan:

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.

Joseph Lisnow:

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.

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