Graves’ take on Sasha and Naomi’s walkout without Vince in tow

Graves’ take on Sasha and Naomi’s walkout without Vince in tow

WWE’s response to the departure of Sasha Banks and Naomi Raw last Monday (May 16) was as important as their decision and what may or may not have led to it. The company’s response included how color commentator Corey Graves addressed it on air.

Reports say Graves was fed his lines (that Sasha and Naomi had “summarily and unprofessionally” left Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va.) by Vince McMahon. That didn’t stop him from receiving a ton of criticism online, so much so that his wife clapped back at some of them.

What does Corey think when he’s not completely in character on the announcement team? He explained it to us at the beginning of this week after the bellhis weekly WWE produced podcast with Vic Joseph:

“Everyone asks this question, there’s a particular set of circumstances that unfolded last Monday on Raw. There’s speculation and rumors all over the place. I was on the air when it happened, I only know the information that was provided to me and in the days that followed as everyone continued to speculate — I have no more information I don’t know enough about the circumstances or the situation or which side did what. So I’ll just avoid it.

“I am completely honest and transparent with everyone. I’d love to dive into this conversation because it’s setting the internet on fire, everyone has an opinion, everyone has a point of view. I don’t know enough facts about what really happened to speak with confidence. All I know is what you know, and I was getting updates throughout the show on Monday — as needed, because we were doing a show. So if there ever comes a time when this becomes something we know the facts about, I’d be happy to dive into it for the enjoyment of our listeners. Until then, we’re just going to stick with what we know – what we know to be true.

That probably won’t change anyone’s mind on whether Graves should have risked his job by not saying what he was told last Monday night, but… there you go.

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