Corey Graves reflects on having to retire from in-ring competition and discusses the legacy he could leave as a commentator.
"The Savior Of Misbehavior" and voice of RAW and SmackDown Live, Corey Graves had to step away from in-ring competition after he was informed that he was no longer able to compete due to concussion issues. Graves was then placed on the NXT commentary team and graduated to the main roster and he now is on the call for RAW, SmackDown Live and pay-per-views.
Corey Graves reflected on his journey when he joined Lilian Garcia's 'Chasing Glory' podcast. At the end of the podcast, Lilian asked Corey did he think his "chase for glory" looks how he thought it would and Graves responded by saying "absolutely not". Graves stated that he would've loved to hold the Intercontinental Championship but added that the legacy he is leaving now, could be stronger than the legacy he would've left had he been able to continue his in-ring career.
“Absolutely not. I don’t think my career path could’ve looked any different from where I’m ending up right now, but its taken some time to get to this point mentally, where I’ve accepted it and grown into it and I’m starting to think that maybe this is what I was supposed to do all along. I’m not a big believer in fate, but I feel like I’m probably adding more to this business that I love and always loved in the role that I am now, as opposed to getting beat up… I would’ve loved to be Intercontinental Champion someday. Don’t get me wrong.” Graves laughed. “But I think all-in-all, I’m gonna have a stronger legacy doing what I’m doing now than I probably would have as a competitor.”
Lilian Garcia revealed earlier this week that she has been hired as the official in-cage announcer of the Professional Fighters League and for more on that story, check out Fightful's published article about the topic.
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