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Corey Graves Reveals New WWE NXT Role, Possibly Teaming with Carmella?

Corey Graves Talks About Future Ideas

WWE RAW commentator Corey Graves has confirmed he is now helping out with the WWE NXT brand, and he’s interested in teaming with his wife Carmella.

Corey Graves announced in early 2022 that he had been medically cleared for in-ring action.

He recently spoke with and revealed that he’s been working with the NXT roster as of late, he expressed interest in teaming with his wife Carmella for his ring return.

“I’ve recently started working with the NXT talent on helping develop characters and things of that nature, and I’ve enjoyed it thus far,” Graves said. “So I’m looking forward to working with NXT a lot more as the year progresses. I’d like to remind everybody one more time that I have been cleared to compete and I can’t think of a better scenario for me to step back in the ring than alongside my beautiful wife.”

After a run on the indies shows, Graves signed a WWE developmental deal in August 2011. He suffered two concussions between late 2013 and early 2014 and then announced his in-ring retirement in December 2014. He started doing commentary and interviews shortly after that. After briefly winning the WWE 24/7 Title in early November, there were rumours of doctors clearing Graves for in-ring action. Graves then confirmed in early 2022 that he was cleared.

Corey Graves spoke about wanting to come out of retirement during a podcast in April 2020, after being inspired by the WWE 24 documentary on WWE Hall of Famer Edge. In May 2020 Corey Graves then stepped in the ring to train for the first time since retiring, with his brother Sam Adonis. Graves spoke to TMZ in February 2022 and talked about getting clear.

“I went and spent some time with doctors middle of last year. I kinda got the itch. This is one of the first times I’m saying this publicly. I have been medically cleared to compete. It’s not an immediate goal of mine, it was just something I needed to know for my sanity. My journey in the ring got cut short and it’s kinda eaten at me for years, always wondering what if, what if there’s a chance, what if there’s an opportunity … so I went and did the necessary steps and it turns out I’m more okay than I thought I was,” he said.

Other than the WWE 24/7 Title angles on November 8th, 2021, Graves has not wrestled an actual match since his win over Aiden English (Matthew Rehwoldt) on March 21st, 2014 for an NXT live event in Fort Pierce, FL. His last TV match came as a win over Sami Zayn on April 3rd, 2014 on an NXT episode, taped on March 13th, 2014.

Corey Graves and Carmella have been dating since 2019. They were engaged to be married in October 2021, then they tied the knot on April 7, 2022.


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