Real Name: Matt Polinsky Ring Name: Corey Graves Height: 6 ft 0 in Weight: 208 lbs. Hometown: Pittsburgh Born: February 24, 1984 Debut: March 22, 2000
A walking disaster in the guise of a man, Corey Graves is NXT’s personal agent of anarchy. The self-proclaimed “Savior of Misbehavior” is a veteran of the underground music scene. Graves would just as soon take part in a competitive match as he would deliver a sucker punch to the jaw.
Eschewing traditional ring gear for torn-up jeans, this chaos for hire will take on all comers with reckless abandon, risking life and limb in support of his own personal credo: to make sports-entertainment dangerous again. More?
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Corey Graves & The Ascension vs. Sami Zayn & The Usos
Viktor thought he was in control until he ran into an Uso uppercut, and subsequently tagged out. Graves and Zayn squared off before Graves tagged out to Konnor. Konnor took control of Zayn and then brought Graves back in. Zayn fired up instantly and went right after Graves, causing him to tag out once again. The babyfaces established control over Viktor for the next several minutes with frequent tags. Jey Uso ran into a hard clothesline from Viktor who dragged Jey to the his teams corner and Konnor went to work.
Back from break, The Ascension were still in control of Jey Uso. Moments later, Graves tagged in and got a two-count off a gordbuster and a running elbow drop. The heels continued to dominate until the nine-minute mark when Jey reversed with a sunset flip and a hard right-hand. Jey made the hot tag a short time later and Jimmy came in on fire with Samoan drops all around. He dropped Viktor with a superkick and then crushed him in the corner with the running hip attack. Unbeknownst to Jimmy, Graves had tagged in and hit his front chop block. He looked for Lucky 13, but Jimmy reversed into a small package. Graves kicked out and Sami Zayn tagged himself in. Jimmy caught Graves with a shot and Zayn came off the top rope with a diving crossbody for a near-fall. Zayn connected with his Blue Thunder Bomb for a good false-finish, with The Ascension breaking up the pinfall. The Usos took The Ascension out with clotheslines to ringside before Zayn hit the Helluva Kick on Graves in the corner. Zayn and an Uso hit tandem diving planchas onto The Ascension at ringside, while the other Uso came off the top turnbuckle with a big splash onto Graves for the win.
Backstage Devin Taylor is with Corey Graves. Graves says he supposes he should say there should be an asterisk next to my win over Zayn, like it doesn’t really count. But, just like Barry Bonds is the undisputed homerun king, I beat Sami Zayn. A win is a win. So Sami, rest that little head of yours, we are just getting started, pal.
Corey was then featured in the video package highlighting WrestleMania Axxess.
Corey Graves is backstage and tells a story about an underdog going into the woods and getting caught in a bear trap. The wolves came out and devoured him, just like Corey will do to Zayn tonight.
Corey Graves vs. Sami Zayn
Zayn was fired up and wanted to get right into it, but Graves took his time and retreated back to the ropes, continuing to get in Zayn’s head. Zayn eventually had enough and slapped Graves in the face, but Graves rolled to ringside. He feigned like he was going to walk out and Sami went after him, but he ducked the clothesline and got Graves back in the ring where he began to go to work. Zayn knocked Graves back to ringside and then flew over the top rope with a big tope con hilo. Back in the ring, Graves struck with a quick knee that rocked Zayn and allowed Graves to take control.
Back from break, Graves had Zayn settled in a chinlock. Sami tried to mount a comeback, but Graves quelled it and began to target Zayn’s head with strikes. Zayn sold like he was loopy; glassy-eyed and swinging wildly. Graves went back to the chinlock, but Zayn broke it up with a jawbreaker which did as much damage to Zayn’s head as Graves’ chin. Graves hit a big boot and continued to beat Zayn down. Graves went back to the chinlock. Zayn rolled through and got a near-fall with a jackknife pin before beginning a comeback, but Graves planted Zayn with a facebuster to keep control. Graves hit his fireman’s carry backbreaker for a near-fall, but Zayn came back a short time later with an exploder suplex into the turnbuckles for another two-count. Zayn hit the Blue Thunder Bomb for another near-fall, but continued to sell a head injury. Zayn charged toward Graves in the corner for the Helluva Kick, but Graves caught the boot and the two ended up headbutting each other. Zayn went to the second turnbuckle for his double-jump crossbody, but his legs were too wobbly and he wasn’t able to jump. As the referee checked on Zayn, Graves smashed him with another headbutt and applied the Lucky 13. Zayn didn’t tap, but he was out of it so the referee called for the bell anyway.