Thomas Pestock is a 37-year-old professional wrestler and former professional football player from Lenexa, Kansas. He is currently signed to WWE and performs on the company’s SmackDown brand under the ring name, Baron Corbin.
At the age of 23, Pestock was a two-time Kansas-Missouri Golden Gloves regional champion in amateur boxing. In 2008, he participated in the Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions where he defeated Chaen Chess in the preliminaries but lost to Andrae Cathron in the quarter-finals.
He attended NCAA Division II college Northwest Missouri State University playing offensive guard and was a starter in his junior year. Pestock was named honorable mention at all-MIAA in 2007 and first team with all-MIAA in 2008. In 2009, he signed with the NFL team, The Indianapolis Colts but was released and re-signed a few times that year. He also signed with the Arizona Cardinals in 2010 but was released and re-signed twice before being let go permanently in September 2011.
Pestock Signs WWE Contract
Pestock signed with WWE in 2012 and began training with the company’s developmental brand, NXT. He made his in-ring debut for NXT at a house show and worked for several NXT events as a jobber. After a multi-year absence, Pestock returned to NXT in September 2014 at NXT TakeOver Fatal 4-Way and stayed on the NXT roster until 2016.
He made his main roster debut at WrestleMania 32 and won the André the Giant Memorial Battle Royal by last eliminating Kane. The following night on Monday Night RAW, Corbin assaulted Dolph Ziggler starting a feud that would last until June.
Baron Corbin Wins Money in the Bank
The following year, Corbin competed in Money in the Bank and won the match earning him a world title match at the time of his choosing. Corbin attempted to cash in his Money in the Bank opportunity but failed to defeat Jinder Mahal in August 2017.
In October 2018, Corbin pinned Tye Dillinger at the pay-per-view event, Hell In A Cell, to win the United States Championship. Corbin’s reign lasted 70 days before he lost the title to Dolph Ziggler.
Winner of King of the Ring 2019
Corbin competed in the King of the Ring 2019 tournament and made it to the final round where he defeated Chad Gable. Corbin’s King of the Ring victory prompted his new ring name, King Corbin.
At WrestleMania 36, King Corbin lost to Elias after a roll-up pin on Night 1 of the event. At the end of April 2020, he qualified to compete in the Money in the Bank match but failed to win the contract after he and A.J. Styles fought over the briefcase and dropped it to Otis unintentionally.
King Corbin feuded with Rey and Dominik Mysterio and Murphy between November 2020 and February 2021. He formed a short term partnership with Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler but this disbanded after Cutler and Blake were released by WWE.
On the June 18th episode of SmackDown, Corbin lost to Shinsuke Nakamura in a Battle for the Crown match. As a result to losing his crown to Nakamura, this ended his King gimmick.
Birth name: Thomas Pestock
Born: September 13, 1984, Lenexa, Kansas, USA
Height: 6 ft 8 in (203 cm)
Weight: 285 lb (129 kg)
Spouse: Rochelle Roman
Ring Name(s): Baron Corbin, Constable Corbin, King Corbin
Current Roster: WWE SmackDown
Finishing Move(s): The End Of Days
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Career Championships and Accomplishments
- World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
- WWE United States Championship (1 time)
- André the Giant Memorial Trophy (2016)
- King of the Ring (2019)
- Money in the Bank (Men’s 2017)
- WWE Year-End Award for Most Hated of the Year (2018)