Injuries are an unfortunate reality in WWE and the world of professional wrestling, often leading to premature retirements. One individual who has been sidelined from competition for an extended period due to injury is Corey Graves, but it appears he is more focused on evolving as a commentator than anything right now.

Corey Graves was once a promising in-ring competitor in NXT, demonstrating his wrestling skills and passion for the business. However, his career took an unexpected turn in 2014 when he was forced to retire due to concussions. This sudden end to his active wrestling career left many fans wondering if Graves would ever make a return to the ring.

During his time in NXT, Graves left a lasting impression, particularly when he teamed up with Adrian Neville (now known as PAC) to win the NXT Tag Team Championships. His final match took place at WrestleMania Axxess nine years ago, where he faced Troy McClain.

Since his retirement from active wrestling, Graves has found success in other roles within WWE. He transitioned to career as a commentator and analyst, becoming one of the most recognizable voices on WWE programming.


Grave was promoted to lead play-by-play commentator on WWE SmackDown last February, a significant step in his career trajectory. In a recent appearance on The Gunz Show, Graves discussed his excitement and anticipation for the “evolution” in his new role, acknowledging that only a few individuals have found long-term success in this position.

“Sitting in the colored chair is a blast but trying to steer the ship and avoid the iceberg for a full two-hour show, or however long it may be, it’s a pretty daunting task and I’m still getting my feet underneath me. I feel like I came out of the gate pretty strong. I’m feeling confident and comfortable. I’m looking forward to my own evolution and really try to carve my own niche because there haven’t been a lot of long-term, play-by-play guys in WWE history.”

Corey Graves will continue to shine in his role as a commentator, as it seems evident that is his true calling for the foreseeable future, as an in-ring return just doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

What’s your opinion on what Corey Graves had to say? Do you feel he should remain as a commentator? Let us know in the comments section below!

Subhojeet Mukherjee

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