“The New People’s Champ”: Fans React as Dwayne Johnson’s Previous Victim Emulates Him Ahead of Rumored Royal Rumble Return

Published 01/17/2023, 1:00 PM EST

The WWE universe must have seen many a time when a wrestler copies the signature move of another superstar. However, things don’t always go the way it’s planned. Something similar happened with a WWE star when he tried to replicate the People’s Elbow, the finisher of Dwayne Johnson. Fans were of different opinion when Baron Corbin, who for the longest time, has played heel, emulated The Rock’s finisher at WWE’s live event in Corbin.During his match against Dolph Ziggler, Happy Corbin tried his hands on People’s Elbow to defeat his opponent. However, tables turned as soon as the Showoff was back on his feet to plant a Superkick on the former NXT star to pick up his victory. One fan present at the Corbin arena recorded this entire segment for the rest of us to watch again and again. 


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Another interesting aspect of it was that the King of the Ring copied that move to which he once fell prey to. This incident happened in 2019 during a premiere edition of WWE SmackDown Live on FOX when The Rock ended the fight with People’s Elbow and the Rock Bottom.


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Fans criticized the WWE star for his plagiarised failed move

The recorded visual is one piece of evidence that Corbin couldn’t land DJ’s finisher as it should have been. This might have left some of his fans feeling disappointed. However, some are of different views as well. 

Some analyzed the entire episode and concluded that the former United States Champion overplayed with too many arm swings. 

One even termed this match as the closest one to Shawn Michaels vs The Rock. 

Apart from that, people also appreciated Perfection for his great move that earned him victory. They also wished for him to get more televised wins, which will give a push to Ziggler that he deserves. 

Will Dwayne Johnson be present at Royal Rumble?


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When we are talking about The People’s Champion and about his renowned finisher, we cannot forget to mention the ongoing speculations about him. WWE Universe has started guessing the winner of the Royal Rumble 2023. And guess who is the top scorer on the list? None other than The Most Electrifying Man in Sports Entertainment. 

Everyone is waiting to witness the former wrestler’s return to the squared circle battling against the current WWE Universal Champion, Roman Reigns. But for that to come into reality, The Rock first has to outlast 29 other superstars in Royal Rumble on January 28 at the Alamodome. 


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Aren’t you also waiting for Johnson to show his finisher with all perfection in the Rumble? Let us know in the comments below.



Aditi Malhotra

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Aditi is a WWE writer at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, she has sound experience in news writing and digital marketing. She is an enthusiastic writer and an aspirational director as well.

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