WWE’s Baron Corbin Opens Up About NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov and Reflects on Selfishness

WWE's Baron Corbin Unveils Raw Truths on NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov and the Essence of Self-Prioritization

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Baron Corbin’s quest for the coveted “WWE NXT” Championship hit a roadblock at the WWE Deadline Premium Live Event, where he faced Ilja Dragunov but fell short of clinching the title. Just a day before the intense showdown, Corbin shared insights on his renewed focus since returning to the developmental brand during an interview with Sam Roberts on the “Notsam Wrestling” podcast.

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Expressing a significant shift in his mindset, Corbin remarked, “I’ve undergone a complete perspective change over the past four months here. My outlook on the main roster, my career, and even my character has evolved. It’s a philosophy where Ilja Dragunov stands out as the best, no ifs or buts. He’s a potential World Champion in my eyes—among the top in-ring performers, exceptional on the mic, with a great look and personality. I’ve decided to put him to the test, and the outcome will either hang or be dragged across the road. This reflects my new approach, a departure from being solely self-centered as I’ve dedicated myself to helping others.”

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Despite Corbin’s determination, the “Lone Wolf,” who has yet to grasp the “NXT” Championship title, faced another opportunity during his second stint on “NXT.” This time, he went head-to-head with champion Carmelo Hayes on June 27th in a high-stakes encounter during the “NXT: Gold Rush,” a special episode amplifying the Gold Rush theme within the “NXT” realm.

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