Corey Graves has described his terror when Brock Lesnar unexpectedly rammed the ring with a tractor at WWE SummerSlam.
The main event of the 35th Annual Summerslam saw Roman Reigns successfully defending his Undisputed WWE Universal Championship against Brock Lesnar in a Last Man Standing match that included a unique moment in the event’s history.
The Beast Incarnate made his entrance to the ring on a tractor and jumped straight from it directly onto Reigns before the bell had even rung. Later in the match, Lesnar got behind the wheel of the vehicle again to lift the ring and tilt it on its side.
What might not be quite so apparent to many is that before he successfully manoeuvred the tractor underneath the ring in order to lift it, Lesnar pushed the ring directly towards the unsuspecting duo of Michael Cole and Corey Graves who were sitting at the announce desk calling the action.
During the latest episode of his podcast, “WWE After the Bell,” Graves detailed exactly what occurred during that impactful incident in Nashville.
“I have never had my life flash before my eyes like I did Saturday night when Brock Lesnar got behind the tractor,” Graves said. “We saw Brock make the entrance, I joked that somehow the tractor could come into play later on, thinking to myself ‘How absurd is that, that’s never going to happen.’
“Little did I know, Brock would hoist the ring, which is the visual that the entire world, even beyond WWE, was buzzing about Sunday morning into Monday.
“What a lot of people may not have seen, had they not been paying attention to the downright terror in my voice, was before Brock managed to lift the ring with the tractor, Brock just ran into it and pushed the entire however many pounds that ring weighs. He pushed it about four feet, directly at the commentary desk.”
The WWE commentator and real-life husband of Carmella said he was “in Kid Rock’s lap” after being visibly frightened at the prospect of finding himself getting crushed by the ring.
“I didn’t have a heads up,” Graves said. “Nobody said ‘Hey, be careful, Brock might kill you.’ ”
“So I literally don’t think my feet touched the ground, I went from a seated position in my chair to the top of the barricade, where I nearly spilled out into the WWE fans — had it not been for my unlikely savior, WWE Hall of Famer Kid Rock, who was seated almost directly behind me.
“Luckily they were there because they stopped me from crashing on the back of my head and jumping into the crowd. I was horrified at watching the ring, that’s like pushing a building really fast directly at Michael Cole and myself.”
— WWE (@WWE) July 31, 2022
Despite Brock Lesnar’s tractor antics, Roman Reigns was able to keep The Conqueror down with the help of The Bloodline and a lot of furniture to retain his title. This allowed the Head of the Table to achieve a major milestone as he surpassed 700 days as champion.