Corey Graves and Carmella welcomed their son, Dimitri Paul Polinsky, into the world. It was quite a journey, one that ended in 60 hours of labor for the Princess of Staten Island. Now, the new parents are very happy, and Graves also got some time off.

In Corey Graves’ absence, Kevin Owens and Road Dogg have assumed his role on WWE SmackDown. Both have received positive feedback from fans. Many were wondering who will fill in for Graves this week, but that won’t be needed.

Road Dogg had pleasant experience during his time. However, Kevin Owens’ performance wasn’t as successful. While the first hour and forty-five minutes went well, he faced an issue near the end of the show. He took action against Grayson Waller and Austin Theory, who had provoked him at ringside, but it led to KO’s suspension.

Ringside News reached out to ask who will fill in for Corey Graves this week on SmackDown. We were told by a tenured member of the creative team that, “Corey will be on Smackdown this Friday.”


Corey Graves will likely have a huge smile on his face when he returns to SmackDown this week. He has a lot to be happy about right now. It appears that he isn’t taking another week, as he will be back behind the blue brand’s commentary table for their Black Friday episode.

Carmella will need a much longer break than Corey Graves. At this time, her return to the ring probably isn’t the most important thing, as the couple has a new son in their family.

We will have more on this story, and so much more, right here at Ringside News. You never know what will happen next, but Corey Graves will be there to call the action on SmackDown.

What’s your take on WWE giving Corey Graves two weeks off for paternity leave? Let us know what you think about this in the comments section!

Felix Upton

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