Now that John Bradshaw Layfield has announced that he's leaving SmackDown Live as a broadcaster, it looks like the WWE have found his replacement. There was an announcement on Monday that Corey Graves will replace JBL.
It sounds like Graves' transition won't be that difficult since he's already been attending the SmackDown tapings every week since working as the color commentator on 205 Live.
Now, while many people thought that this would mean that Graves would be leaving Raw, it turns out, he won't be. He will be doing both.
Graves is a former wrestler that started his career in 2000 on the independent circuit. Graves then moved onto work with One Pro Wrestling from 2005-2009.
His first appearance in the WWE was in 2006 when he teamed up with CM Punk for a dark match against The Gymini prior to a taping of SmackDown, and later that year, he also teamed up with Jon Bolen and they lost to Jamie Noble and Kid Kash. Then during a taping of Raw, Graves lost a match to Val Venis. In 2007 he was once again on SmackDown and lost to Mark Henry.
When 2011 rolled around, Graves signed a developmental contract with the WWE and started performing for Florida Championship Wrestling. He ended up transitioning to NXT once the FCW merger happened.
Graves never made it as a WWE wrestler, however. In 2014 at the NXT TakeOver: R Evolution pre-show he announced that concussion issues forced him into early retirement. The good news for Graves is that WWE executive Triple H then offered him a contract to serve a commentator. In this role, he flourished and it wasn't too long after when he got added to the Raw pre-show. He then worked his way on the main commentary team on Raw after the 2016 WWE Draft.
While Graves' wrestling career was unfortunately cut short, it's great to see him make a name for himself while working as a commentator, which enables him to be around the sport that he loves so much. On top of that, the WWE clearly values Graves now that they're going to use him on both Raw and SmackDown Live with JBL stepping aside.
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