There are very few wrestlers if any, who can say that they’ve been working in the business professionally for ten years at the young age of 22. That unique individual is Colby Corino. Because Colby is Steve Corino’s son, a former ECW and NWA Heavyweight Champion, insured that Colby was exposed to the in-ring sport of wrestling on a regular basis as a child.
“When I first started out, I was wrestling about one time a month. Since I was always traveling with my Dad, I was able to train with a lot of different people before the matches started,” Corino recalled. “I didn’t have to go to a wrestling school. I was fortunate in that sense. I got to get in the ring and train with guys such as Cesaro, Chris Hero, and Roderick Strong almost every weekend.”
Corino currently resides in the eastern region of Pennsylvania and he holds the Cruiserweight title for Atomic Championship Wrestling. The promotion puts on shows in both Stevens and in Reading. That isn’t the only company that you’ll find Corino wrestling for, however. Fans who attend matches with Modern Vintage Wrestling, Vanguard, Bandit, and AML, have seen the second generational wrestler in action consistently for the past year.
“I have been traveling all over to wrestle for different promotions,” Corino said. “Since August, I have been having shows every weekend. When I’m not traveling, I help train the kids and wrestle some shows at The Sanctuary in Hazelton, Pennsylvania.”
Colby isn’t a big muscle-bound wrestler that is going to break his opponent in two. He stands 5’10 and weighs 167 pounds. Over the years, the business of professional wrestling has been changing, and today, there is an influx of smaller guys entering into the business.
“Back in the ’90s, you had guys like Chris Jericho, Eddie Guerrero, and Chris Benoit. They were not huge guys, but when they got into the ring, they could really go,” Corino explained. “Even the more popular guys today like AJ Styles, Daniel Bryan, and Seth Rollins are not superimposing.”
Throughout the years, because Colby is the son of a well-known wrestler and trainer, the ambitious upcoming in-ring performer has been accused of getting a lot of his opportunities through nepotism, but that’s certainly not the case. Colby has put in the time and effort into perfecting his wrestling skills. The bloodline he hails from and the lifelong exposure to the sport hasn’t hindered him one bit either.
“Because I was raised around it, it’s just a routine for me. My father is very supportive and gives me all the advice and guidance that I ask for,” Cornio says. I’m always sending him my matches so I can get some input on them. He helps me out a lot.”
Fans that are familiar with Steve Corino’s wrestling style will remember that he made quite the name for himself in ECW, a promotion known for its hardcore wrestling matches that included ladders, tables, chairs, bull ropes, and whatever else you could think of. Some may wonder if Colby will follow in his father’s footsteps, but he is interested in carving out his own path when it comes to wrestling.
“My Dad’s and my work are so different from each other. I’m a bit of a high flier with some striking moves, and he was known for his old school wrestling with the suplexes and the lariats,” Corino commented. “Don’t get me wrong, I love hardcore wrestling and I’m interested in trying out some ladder matches, but I haven’t done a quarter of the stuff that my Dad has done in the business.”
Colby is building up his resume and already he is adding some notable names to his list of opponents that he’s faced. Cedric Alexander, Fred Yehi, Jason Kincaid, Adam Page, and The War Raiders (formerly known as War Machine) have been just some of the men he has gone against inside the squared circle.
With each match and every opponent he challenges, Colby makes it a point to turn it into a learning lesson. He takes the time to review his matches sometimes up to 25 times, even making notes on what he can improve on.
“I’m very meticulous about my matches. I will also send the match to the person I wrestled so they can tell me what it is that they think I could improve on, Corino replied. “I have to get to the point where people really desire me. I want to make a living in this business, and I want to be as great as I can be.”