I really don’t want to get into an argument over “heat” and “good heel heat” vs. “go away heat” and all that other nonsense, because it’s circular and there is no resolution to be found. Having said that, I’m going to get into it just a bit here, because I’m a glutton for punishment, I guess.
Most fans who go to wrestling shows aren’t going to sit on their hands — they’ll boo the bad guys and cheer the good guys while occasionally feeling passionately enough about a character to go whatever direction they personally identify with (see: Roman Reigns, pre-leukemia). The idea that booing Corbin mean he’s doing well, then, is ludicrous. Same for WWE. Booing a character they book is not indicative of success simply because said booing is one of the goals of said booking. In some instances, fans just don’t want it.
Baron Corbin is one of those instances.
We know this because when Kurt Angle announced that Corbin would be his opponent at WrestleMania 35, the very last match of the Olympic hero’s illustrious pro wrestling career, the reaction was so swift and decidedly negative it was worked into commentary after a commercial break. Angle’s own wife tweeted and deleted a negative reaction while the man himself had to literally ask his fans to support his decision (even though it wasn’t really his decision).
Corbin, bless his heart, is trying his best:
Meanwhile, John Cena, the man so many of those same fans would rather see Angle wrestle, went ahead and spoke for us all when he weighed in on this like only he can: