Corey Graves has revealed that he has been medically cleared to return to the ring.
Corey Graves was forced to retire from in-ring competition at the tail end of 2014 on medical grounds as a result of concussion issues.
In the months and years that followed, Graves transitioned into becoming an announcer, a role which has since earned him great acclaim. He initially appeared on NXT and pre-show panels before moving to the main roster in the summer of 2016. The switch has seen Graves call matches on SmackDown, WWE pay-per-views as well as on his current home on Monday Night Raw.
Since retiring, Graves hasn’t been involved in any significant physical contact on WWE television. However, that changed in November 2021, when he very briefly won the 24/7 Championship. While the physical side of the segment was minimal, it led some to wonder whether Graves could be gearing up for a return to the ring.
Speaking in a new interview with TMZ, Graves has confirmed publicly for the first time that he has been cleared for a return to the ring. The announcer said that while he has no immediate plans to step back inside the ropes, he admitted having his career cut short, ate at him for years.
“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 own 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,”
Since Corey Graves retired from in-ring competition, Bryan Danielson, Christian Cage and Edge have all returned to action after believing that their careers were over. Significantly, the retirements of Christian and specifically Danielson, were related to issues with concussions.