NXT is essentially the WWE’s academy, the place where talented young wrestlers go to prove that they’ve got what it takes to make it on to the main roster for Raw and Smackdown.
But for one talented young wrestler, that dream of being in a main event at Wrestlemania has been cut painfully short.
Corey Graves, one of NXT’s most loved superstars, has been forced to retire at the tender age of 30 thanks to the multiple concussions he has suffered in the ring.
When Graves joined the pre-show set at NXT Takeover: R Evolution, he looked a little emotional, and for good reason. Graves spoke to the crowd about how he loved professional wrestling since he was a kid and was very thankful that he got the opportunity to join WWE.
Graves would go onto say that unfortunately, according to the advice of WWE doctors, he should end his in-ring career. He followed through with that and announced his retirement from professional wrestling.
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Graves went on to announce that all was not lost however and he will be sticking around at NXT, joining the NXT commentary team, and proceeded to call the event, doing an excellent job in the process.
Graves was signed to a WWE developmental contract in 2011, after spending over a decade on the independent scene. He is a former NXT Tag Team Champion, which he won with current NXT Champion Adrian Neville in July of 2013 by defeating Erick Rowan and Luke Harper. They lost the titles that September to the Ascension.