Corey Graves made a name for himself as one of the main commentators on Monday Night RAW. He has worked hard to make himself one of the most recognizable voices in all of WWE. Graves also did a lot to save himself in WWE by the looks of it.

Graves used to be a pro wrestler in NXT until he had to retire due to concussions back in 2014. During that time, Graves felt lost as he had no idea what he was going to do.

While speaking with The Athletic, Corey Graves revealed how he prepared to become a commentator once his in-ring career ended. Graves took help from Dusty Rhodes, set up sound systems, among other things, to save his job.

“I thought to myself, man, I dedicated my life to coming to WWE and being a WWE Superstar. That option got taken away because of medical reasons. But I’m still here; I’m not going to let them kick me out, you know what I mean? I’m going to make myself as valuable as possible. There is nothing in the world, in entertainment or sports, that can prepare you for doing what we do.”


I started learning all these different facets of the business. I learned ways to find music for new talent in NXT. And I (got) to work with Dusty Rhodes very closely with character development, and I would go help set up the speakers and the sound system for the NXT live events. I literally went, ‘OK, if this is a thing that might keep me here, I’m going to latch on to it. … Luckily, I found my groove with commentary.”

Corey Graves also previously admitted that he has no idea what he is doing as WWE commentator. We’ll have to see if Graves will ever return to the ring or not.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

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