Corey Graves has revealed which WWE Superstar he would love face if he ever got back in the ring.
WWE announcer 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.
However, in recent weeks Graves has revealed that he has been medically cleared to return to the ring.
Appearing on 100.7 Star, the announcer recalled that he felt a main roster call up was coming his way while he was wrestling in NXT. He added that he got bored commentating and felt he had done all he could do, this led to him attempting to get cleared for an in-ring return.
“To my knowledge, there were no concrete plans, there was no certain way that they were going to use me or introduce me. But it seemed as though it was coming pretty — something was happening. Since then, I focused all my energy on becoming a commentator, because this is something I never experienced before. Never in a million years thought I would do.
So, too, it gave me something new to focus on. I went all-in on the commentary gig for several years and now I got to the point where, ‘Alright, I’ve called WrestleMania. I’ve called all the biggest matches, I’ve been all over, I’ve done everything.’ I just kind of felt like I plateaued a little bit and I got bored,”
When asked about who he would like to face should he get back in the ring, Graves went straight to Seth Rollins. The pair previously met during their time in NXT.
“I would say right now, Seth Rollins. Rollins, just because he’s a guy that I always had great chemistry with in the ring in NXT, but he has just continued to get better, and better, and better, and is doing some of the best work of his career right now. While he may not be WWE Champion, what he brings every night in this new persona with the dancing, he’s so obnoxious, and he gets under everybody’s skin. I love what Rollins is doing. I would love to mix it up with him one more time,”
Corey Graves’ last match to date came at the WrestleMania Axxess event in April 2014. His last televised match was taped on March 13th of the same year for NXT.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.