Thomas Pestock is an American former amateur boxer, former college footballer, and professional wrestler. He is more popular by his ring name, Baron Corbin, and is currently affiliated with the Raw brand of the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). A Kansas native, Pestock found some success in amateur boxing and was the three-time Golden Gloves champion. He attended Northwest Missouri State University, where he was part of the football program. In 2009, he signed with the Indianapolis Colts of the National Football League (NFL) but was let go a few months later without playing a single match. In the following season, he joined Arizona Cardinals on a futures contract but did not get to play for them either. In August 2012, Pestock joined WWE's developmental system NXT and adopted the ring name Baron Corbin. Corbin was promoted to the main roster in 2016. Since then, he has been one of the most dominant performers of the promotion. He has won the United States Championship once, the third annual André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal at WrestleMania 32, and the 2017 Money in the Bank men's ladder match. In 2016, ‘Revolver’ magazine named him the Most Metal Athlete of the Year.
Childhood & Early Life
Born on September 13, 1984, in Lenexa, Kansas, USA, Thomas is one of the two sons of Steven and Mona Pestock. His brother’s name is Danny.
As an amateur boxer, he had won the Kansas-Missouri Golden Gloves regional championship twice by 2007 and took part in the 2008 Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions in the super heavyweight division. Pestock made it to the quarter-finals before he was eliminated. He is also a former grappling champion.
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Professional Wrestling Career
In August 2012, he started his tenure at WWE's developmental system NXT and took up the ring name Baron Corbin. He had his in-ring debut on October 18 at a house show, in a match against Dante Dash, which he lost.
In some of his initial matches, he played the role of an enhancement talent or jobber. On May 8, 2014, he performed in his last televised match, a battle royal to find out the number one contender to the NXT Championship, before his repackaging.
After his return at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way in September 2014, Corbin started winning more matches. He broke Bull Dempsey’s undefeated streak in January 2015 at an NXT show, only to have his own undefeated streak broken by Adrian Neville at the semi-final of the NXT Championship.
In 2015, Corbin also had a memorable short-lived feud with Samoa Joe. In his final match with NXT, which took place on April 13, 2016, Corbin won against Tucker Knight.
Corbin was introduced to WWE’s main roster at WrestleMania 32 on 3 April 2016. He was the winner of the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal. He subsequently joined Raw and began feuding with Dolph Ziggler before being drafted to the SmackDown brand.
He continued his feud with Ziggler, who had been drafted to SmackDown as well. At the December 27, 2016 show, he competed for a WWE world title for the first time when he fought against Ziggler and WWE Champion AJ Styles in a triple-threat match. Styles ultimately won the match and retained his title.
At the 2017 Money in the Bank event, Corbin emerged the winner. This gave him the one-time opportunity to challenge any titleholder in WWE roster at any time. At the 15 August show, he decided to cash in his Money in the Bank contract during a title match between John Cena and WWE Champion Jinder Mahal. It was Mahal who ultimately pinned Corbin and retained the title.
Corbin won the United States Championship at the 2017 Hell in a Cell event against Styles and Tye Dillinger. He lost it 70 days later, to Ziggler at 2017 Clash of Champions. Corbin returned to Raw in April 2018 as part of the Superstar Shake-up. He was subsequently made the Constable of Raw by Stephanie McMahon.
By the end of 2018, he was calling himself General Manager-Elect and was widely hated by the roster. After the McMahon family took charge of both Raw and SmackDown, Corbin returned to wrestling.
Family & Personal Life
In the past, Baron Corbin was in a relationship with singer Maria Brink, who is the frontwoman of American metalcore band “In This Moment”.
After Corbin and Brink parted ways, he started dating Florida-native Rochelle Alexandra Roman. According to reports, she is a registered nurse in her state. On April 29, 2017, the couple exchanged wedding vows in Clearwater, Florida.