On Wednesday I wrote about hearing from people in WWE about the issues between Booker T and Corey Graves. I was told that the heat is real but, at the same time, Booker T knew that his comments would get some extra listeners for his radio show/podcast that he uses to promote his Reality of Wrestling promotion in Houston, TX. Graves had previously said good things about Booker so it doesn’t look like there was animosity from him before Booker’s radio show comments.
Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter says that, based on comments from people in WWE, there is probably some underlying truth to what Booker said on his show because Booker felt that Graves was making him look bad on Raw. Those same people in WWE said that they are not reading too much into it because there is an angle being played out that will lead to nowhere, despite Booker tossing out the idea for a WrestleMania match. There is no way WWE would agree to put Graves in a match because of his concussion issues.
Meltzer noted that the removal of Booker from Monday Night Raw had more to do with WWE hiring Jonathan Coachman than it is a demotion for Booker. If you have followed Coachman on social media, and at times when he was on ESPN, it was clear that he wanted to keep a relationship with WWE. The door opened for him to return after he was let go from ESPN last year after a massive round of layoffs.
Meltzer added that while Booker blamed Graves for his exit, the reality is that WWE hired Coachman and kept it a secret from everyone and they waited until the last minute to tell Booker.
Catch up on some of the trending news stories from the past 24 hours by clicking below:
- SmackDown Live star finds loaded gun in rental car
- Vince McMahon steps aside, major changes to 205 Live
- Baron Corbin was kept off SmackDown Live this week for a very good reason
- WWE has picked a replacement for Jason Jordan at house shows
- Nia Jax’s opponent on Raw this week wasn’t old enough to vote