WWE announcer Corey Graves hasn’t wrestled since April 5th, 2014, but that could all be about to change.
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.
A new report from Fightful Select has now confirmed that Graves’ medical status has shifted. In fact, the report notes that some sources claim Graves was cleared as far back as 2020, but this remains unconfirmed. Although Fightful do confirm that Graves is no longer on the “no contact” list. Once someone is removed from the list, this generally means that they have been cleared.
The report adds that they have heard of several pitches for the announcer, although it is unclear as to whether these pitches have come from creative or Graves himself.
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.
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