Corey Graves on what it's like having Vince McMahon in his ear during live WWE TV


The commentators that cover WWE constantly have the voice of Vince McMahon in their ears directing them on what to say.

One of those commentators that has been covering WWE's main roster since 2016 is Corey Graves. Many fans consider him to be the best heel commentator in WWE right now.

During a recent interview on the Prime Time with Sean Mooney podcast this week, Graves gave an insight into what it's like to work on the commentary desk with Vince in his ear.

Graves said initially it was difficult to speak while Vince is talking to you through the headset as it would sometimes cause him to lock up in the middle of a sentence.

He said, via Cageside Seats: “The first time he reprimanded me for anything, I was on camera. It’s different when you’re not on camera, you can kinda play it naturally and acknowledge it.

"But when you’re staring at the lights, and all of a sudden Vince is yelling at you in your ear, it’s like really hard to keep your composure and keep your train of thought, and I’m pretty sure when it happened, I just locked up in the middle of a sentence, because it was like ‘oh no, I’m dead! What’s happening?’”


Graves continued and said he's been commentating for long enough now that he's earned the trust of McMahon.

He said: “It just trumps everything that’s going on in the world. I think I’ve been doing it long enough now with him that he’s comfortable with me, and I think I have sorta earned his trust, and a lot of times he gives me plenty of rope to kind of work with, and do my own thing.

"I think he gets that I generally understand the story, even if I don’t know where we’re going with it, which I try not to know.


"So I think I’ve earned his trust to a point, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t still moments where I’ll say something and he’ll, you know, I can’t necessarily repeat what he says to me all the time, but it’s definitely an experience.

"It was definitely hard to get used to, but now I think I am as used to it as I will ever get.”

When Vince wants his WWE product looking in a certain way, he's going to get his way. Even if it means causing a commentator to freeze in the middle of a sentence like a deer in headlights.

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