The last Smackdown Live of the year closed out with a WWE Championship match. Dolph Ziggler and Baron Corbin challenged AJ Styles for the title. Although Styles retained, Corbin had an incredible showing in the match. In that ‘Phenomenal’ Championship match Baron Corbin proved he could hang with the top guys on Smackdown Live.

Baron Corbin debuted on the main roster at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas, Texas. The Lone Wolf had a long tenure in NXT before his call up. He never held the NXT Championship and struggled to find his footing in the developmental territory. At WrestleMania Corbin shocked the world by entering and WINNING the Andre The Giant Memorial Battle Royal.

Since WrestleMania Corbin struggled to find his footing in WWE as well. He was involved in a months long rivalry with Dolph Ziggler and later Kalisto. Often ending up on Pay-Per-View Pre shows. But since the Brand Split, Corbin has shined on Smackdown Live. His in-ring work and promos have gotten significantly better. He improved so much that he was given a World Title opportunity this week. Where he proved he is World Champion material. I predict in 2017 we will see Corbin be a major contender in The Royal Rumble Match. He will challenge and possibly hold the WWE Intercontinental Championship. He will challenge again for the WWE Championship. And he will main event a Smackdown Live Pay-Per-View by the end of the year. I see 2017 being the year of The Lone Wolf .

What do you think 434 fans? Do you see Baron Corbin getting a major push in 2017? Let me know in the comments!

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