If you looked at Corey Graves' Twitter feed during Monday's WWE Raw, you may have noticed that he wasn't pleased with how the show went. During the show, Graves tweeted, "No one cares" and "Wow. F*** this. Fire me. I’m already fired," while also plugging his weekly After The Bell podcast.
On the latest After The Bell, Graves elaborated on those tweets and explained exactly why he was angry after what he watched on Monday. Graves specifically targetted the ongoing Rusev, Liv Morgan, Lana, and Bobby Lashley storyline, which he hasn't been a fan of since the beginning. He noted that the crowd did not care about the big grudge match between Rusev and Lashley while also wondering Liv's purpose in the whole thing. Graves believes WWE is trying to be too hard to bring back the Attitude Era with the feud but is missing the strength of the Attitude Era.
"The things about the Attitude Era that we miss are not cheesy, Jerry Springer storylines, and four-letter words, and boobs. The Attitude Era was awesome because you had a bunch of superstars who were allowed to figure things out, allowed to be themselves, allowed to connect and weren't pigeonholed or forced into these garbage circumstances," stated Graves. "Every once in awhile, there was a terrible storyline, but people made it work because you could laugh at yourself. It was tongue and cheek. The talent made each other better. It was a competition, night after night. You had to figure out how to survive. There were a ton of awful, horrendous storylines. Mae Young gave birth to a hand. There was Katie Vick. Some of the worst storylines in the history of the business took place in the Attitude Era. But as a whole, the business was on fire because everyone had to step up, even if you were in a garbage circumstance, you had an opportunity to make your own path. That's what we need, that's what we as fans miss from the Attitude Era. Not crude storylines, lewdness, 'puppies' and jokes like that. More action and guys who are badasses allowed to be badasses and be entertaining."
Graves also called out Buddy Murphy losing again, feeling fans would stop caring about him, and the rules of the Fist Fight, which had little actual fist fighting.
He cited Rusev as an example of someone who can be an entertaining badass but doesn't think his current storyline is getting that across.
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