Earlier this year, Darin Corbin celebrated his ten-year anniversary as a professional wrestler. In the ring, he has entertained fans all over the United States and overseas and on the 'net, Corbin reaches thousands of fans on a regular basis through his YouTube video series and his presences on Facebook and Twitter. Corbin recently spoke to WrestlingINC.com, sharing musings on the state of the business, the need for self-promotion and his personal goals for the future.
Darin, you've been all over the United States over the course of the past decade. You've locked up with some big names and won a lot of titles. What are some of the biggest moment in your career thus far? What are your most important unfulfilled goals as a wrestler?
One of my biggest goals was to go overseas to wrestle. In 2011, I was able to accomplish that goal and had a blast as it was such a great learning experience. Ideally, I would still like to do something on a national stage, travel overseas to a different continent (or return to England). But I want to keep wrestling fun and never get sick of it.
With regard to finances, public relations and other backstage issues, both WWE and TNA have really been taking it on the chin lately. Do you think this is indicative of a serious downturn in the wrestling business? What does this mean for the men and women of the independent scene?
I might be wrong in this, because I haven't sat in on financial meetings with the top companies, but I feel pro wrestling will always peak and valley with money. The money is out there but the companies just have to find the right focus and engage in smart spending. What draws people to products is something new. To get people in the doors they need to offer something unique and entertaining that makes people want to spend their dollars. There is still some success amongst other companies. Over saturation can hurt the market and cause the need for adjustment. When these places weed out or restructure, things level off again. The future isn't bleak in my opinion.
You're not shy about promoting yourself whether we're talking about social media, your W.R.E.S.T.L.I.N.G. Reflections YouTube series or interaction with fans at live events. How important is this for independent wrestlers, both as individuals and for the sport as a whole?
It's the most important thing I do. People can forget what you've done in the 10 minutes you were in a ring. But on the internet, social media can create an everlasting moment for better or worse. It stays there. I constantly promote myself and look for new outlets to get my name out there. Good publicity for the promotions I associate with as well (I hope).
You're quick with the jokes and you know how to make folks laugh but you've also been in your share of nasty brawls and street fights. How do balance your light-hearted side with the part of you who has to bring the pain and spill some blood to earn a victory?
I like to have fun, but I know it is a fight. Mental toughness and mind games can throw off any opponent. I have a "Me vs The World" mentality. The crowd wants to take a shot they are public enemy number one. But I also know when time for talk is done...you have to flip that switch. Trash-talking an opponent while he's down is gratifying.
Where are you wrestling these days? What's the best way for wrestling fans to check you out if they can't see you at a live event?
I will be in LaSalle for Dreamwave, making my debut for Steel Domain in Hopkins, MN, battling for the right to marry Espinosa and Layne at St Louis Anarchy. And then locally for Pro Wrestling Battleground, Minnesota Extreme Wrestling, Heavy On Wrestling for their epic "Legendary" event, and Mondo Lucha with a return to WCWC in the near future.
1CW returned to Franklin, Ohio on July 11 for its "Wrestle Reuinion 9" show. Sheik of Syria defeated "High Times" Pete Swags. Yaseta Otoko won the evening's 12-man battle royal. Later in the night, El Blano defeated Dre Jacobs in a Loser Leaves 1CW match and Jacobs posted a farewell message to fans on 1CW's Facebook page. 1CW Tag Team Champions Shamrock & Roll Express defeated Dirty South and in a controversial 2-on-1 handicap match, Ryan Wylde and Steve Anderson defeated J. Roc to become dual holders of the Tri-State title. A decision on the status of the title will be announced at the next show.
Also at Wrestle Reunion, Mary Elizabeth defeated Heather Owens by submission and Bigga Black defeated Ryan Freeman with C. Jack Jr. serving as the special referee. In a "2 out of 3 falls, Icon vs. Legend" contest, Cody Hawk won the first fall with a pin over Bobby Fulton. In the second fall, Bobby Fulton won by submission. In the third fall, a no-contest was declared as Mark Magnum and DDK hit the ring and attacked both Fulton and Hawk. Fulton and Hawk will meet Magnum and DDK in a tag team grudge match on Friday July 25th at that 1CW live event. In the main event, Chris Morgan became the new 1CW Champion by pinning T-Dogg.
After a brief hiatus, Wisconsin-based Supreme Wrestling Entertainment is back in action. The UIWA affiliate will hold its first new show in several months in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin on September 13, In the main event, "Psycho" Chase McCoy will challenge "Big" Peter Schwanz for the SWE title. Butchie Davis and Chief Attakullakulla will also meet in a title-for-title bout.
Wildman Dave Diamond contributed to this article.
Mike Bessler is a Contributing Writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated
Mike Bessler is a Contributing Writer for Pro Wrestling Illustrated.