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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The 2016 WWE Royal Rumble Kickoff Pre-show opens with Renee Young and Corey Graves along with WWE Hall of Famers Booker T and Jerry Lawler. We see fans making their way into the Amway Center in Orlando, Florida. They joke about Booker wearing his break-away pants for tonight’s 30-man main event for the WWE World Heavyweight Title. We check in with Rich Brennan in the Social Media Lounge. He will be joined by the Social Outcasts later. The panel talks more about the match and we get the “By The Numbers” video for tonight.
Renee sends us to Rich Brennan and the Social Outcasts in the Social Media Lounge. They kick him out and turn the Q&A session into shenanigans. We go back to the panel for more Rumble hype and videos. We get a promo for tonight’s WWE Divas Title match and Becky Lynch promises to bring home the gold. Booker predicts Becky will win but Graves disagrees. Lawler says Becky is jealous of Charlotte’s relationship with her dad. Lawler says he heard Becky has daddy issues. The panel hypes tonight’s 30-man main event one last time. Graves doesn’t think Reigns can overcome the odds tonight. More discussion from the panel and that’s it for the pre-show.
As a new year arises, WWE.com spotlights 16 Superstars who look destined for great things in 2016. From a former WWE World Heavyweight Champion to several rising talents in NXT, these are the 16 talents to keep tabs on in 2016.
This was nearly the year that Corey Graves returned to civilian life after finding out that injuries were going to prevent him from punching people in the face for a living. Instead, the past 365 days have seen the onetime “Savior of Misbehavior” reinvent himself as WWE’s most promising new commentator. If you’ve heard the splenetic Graves acting like the smartest guy in the booth on WWE NXT, then you probably understand the comparisons to Jesse Ventura, a fellow pro-turned-talking head who liked to root for the bad guys. Graves has a long way to go if he wants to match the achievements of The Body — Ventura’s a top five color man — but he’s already on his way. — RYAN MURPHY
Corey, as always was part of the team for the Monday Night RAW pre-show. The hot topics were the feud between Roman Reigns and The Authority, plus Kevin Owens vs. Neville and of course, there was a Slammy recap. Also, one of Corey’s tweets was shown during the show. If you missed it you can watch it on the WWE Network on demand!
The next generation of Superstars and Divas are invading WWE Network! Don’t miss a second of the action as NXT TakeOver: R Evolution rapidly approaches!
On Wednesday night, tune into WWE Network at 10 p.m. for a special preview of TakeOver. Hosted by Renee Young, this show will get you caught up on all the latest NXT news and information heading into TakeOver.
Thursday night, coverage begins at 7:30 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT with the NXT TakeOver: R Evolution Pre-Show. Young will lead a panel of Alex Riley and Jason Albert in breaking down the night of action and analyzing what the future holds for NXT. The panel will be joined by special guest Corey Graves, who will have a special announcement regarding his future in NXT. The Pre-Show will air LIVE on WWE Network, WWE.com, the WWE App, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, Pinterest and Pheed.
Then, at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, NXT TakeOver: R Evolution goes LIVE on WWE Network. The biggest rivalries in NXT will come to a head at one of the most anticipated events of the year.
Four-thousand miles and a transatlantic voyage away from his home of Liverpool, England, Robbie Brookside should look out of place in sunny Orlando, Fla., but the onetime savior of British wrestling is anything but.
Unlike his best friend and fellow countryman William Regal, Brookside never considered wrestling in the United States to be his end game. Perhaps inconceivably, WWE Superstardom never factored into his plans, nor was it something he pursued, which only makes his current role, as a trainer at the WWE Performance Center, all the more fascinating.
As circuitous and unforeseen as his arrival to WWE’s breeding ground may be, ask any NXT Superstar who has worked with him and they’ll all tell you the same thing: Brookside has become an invaluable member of the Performance Center coaching staff since taking up residence in Florida in fall 2013.
“Robbie brings a whole different aspect,” said Corey Graves. “That British style that he excels in is different, but just his understanding of wrestling and the way he’s able to break things down, theory-wise, is unbelievable. He can show you how to do a basic headlock, or he can show you some insane reversal to the headlock that you never even thought existed. He can literally do anything in-between the ropes.”