Roman Reigns is the head of the table, and it’s impossible to deny his popularity at this point. On the other end of things, Corey Graves’ voice can be heard throughout WWE programming as well, rivaling even the screen time that the Tribal Chief receives. There could be a reason for that if Corey Graves’ recent tweet is correct.

Corey Graves has laid claim to the title of Tribal Chief after revealing a victory over WWE Hall of Famer Rikishi. Before his tenure in WWE, Graves was widely recognized in the independent wrestling circuit as Sterling James Keenan.

Recently, he shared a screenshot from a show in Buffalo, New York, showcasing his triumphs over future WWE and AEW stars, including his victory over Rikishi. The caption suggested that since he beat Rikishi during that show, then he could lay claim to the Tribal Chief moniker.

Once upon a time in Buffalo… (Also, I might technically have a claim to be the Tribal Chief.)


During Ballpark Brawl VIII on August 23, 2007, Graves won a 6-Way Futures Match, defeating El Generico (Sami Zayn), Trent Acid, PAC, John McChesney, and Xtremo.

Later in the same event, Corey Graves competed against Samoa Joe and Rikishi for the Natural Heavyweight Championship, winning by count-out. That means Graves stood above Rikishi and Samoa Joe that night.

Notably, following the match, all three wrestlers engaged in a celebratory dance, with Rikishi delivering his signature Stink Face move on Hellcat, who was Graves’ manager at the time. This was quite an event, and Corey Graves will never forget it either.

Roman Reigns has not responded to Corey Graves’ tweet just yet. We will have to see if he has the time to do so, but keep checking back with Ringside News just in case, as we continue bringing you all the news you need from the entire pro wrestling world. We also invite you to drop a comment in the space below!

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