WWE color commentator Corey Graves is not afraid to speak his mind.
Graves made his professional wrestling debut back in 2000. He has worked for NWA Upstate, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling, and Full Throttle Wrestling.
Before signing a contract with WWE, he made several appearances for the company. On April 26, 2006, Keenan and CM Punk lost a dark match to The Gymini prior to the SmackDown taping.
In August of 2011, Graves had signed a developmental contract with WWE and he was sent to WWE's developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW). He debuted at the FCW television tapings on September 25, losing to Erick Rowan.
Graves defeated Zayn on April 3rd, 2014 but was defeated in a 6-man tag team match teaming with The Ascension against Sami Zayn and The Usos. Graves then suffered a second concussion, which caused him to be absent from television for several months.
Graves returned on the NXT TakeOver: R Evolution pre-show on December 11, where he announced his official in-ring retirement due to his concussion issues. As a result of his retirement, he joined NXT's commentary team with immediate effect, with his duties beginning at that event.
Graves was then offered a two-year commentary contract by Triple H, and was later added to the pre-show panel for Raw. He has also worked on other WWE Network shows such as Culture Shock.
Following the 2016 WWE draft, it was announced that Graves would be joining the Raw commentary team. On July 25, on the first post brand split episode of Raw, Graves began serving as a color commentator alongside Michael Cole and Byron Saxton.
Corey Graves may not be able to compete in the ring anymore, but he’s more determined than ever to leave a permanent mark on the sports-entertainment industry.
He captured the NXT Tag Team Championship with Neville and was consistently a threat to the NXT Championship.
Since then, Graves has brought his entertaining analysis to the main roster by breaking down the matches on both Raw and SmackDown Live, as well as lending his astute observations to WWE Network pay-per-view events.
There was one fan online who was not high on Graves’ work as a commentary and decided that it would be a great idea to rip him on Twitter. You can see the exchange here:
Graves: “Watched ‘Veronica’ on @Netflix last night. I don’t know that it was “scariest movie ever” good (or even [REC] good) but it’s worth a watch if you dig horror!”
Fan: “The most terrifying thing I've ever watched is the 5 hours of televised programming that you defecate all over every week. Your in-ring performance was somehow better than your commentary, and we all know how that went.”
Graves: “I’m terribly sorry that your parents didn’t love you enough. Here is some of the attention you so desperately seek. (Just make sure you send me a card on Father’s Day.) And the word is ‘defecate,’ son.”
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