On this week's "After The Bell," Corey Graves gave his insights into the Sasha Banks and Naomi situation, his feelings on Judgement Day, and Liv Morgan.
Corey Graves was asked if he has any insights into Sasha Banks and Naomi walking out of Monday Night RAW:
"There's a particular set of circumstances that went down this past Monday at RAW. There are speculations and rumors all over the place. I was on the air when it went down. I only know the information that was provided to me," he said.
"In the days since then, while everybody continues to speculate, I don't have any more information. I don't know enough about the circumstance or the situation or which side did what. So I'm just going to avoid it. I'm being perfectly honest and transparent with everybody."
"I would love to dive into this conversation because it set the internet on fire. Everybody's got an opinion. Everybody has a point of view. I don't know enough facts about what actually went down to speak on it with any confidence. All I know is what you guys know."
"I was getting updates throughout the show on Monday as needed because we were doing a show. So if there comes a point in time where it becomes something we know facts about, I will happily dive into that for our listeners' pleasure, but until then, we're just going to stick with what we know to be true."
Graves’ thoughts on Judgment Day:
"Edge needs no introduction. Edge has been there and done that three times over. He's still doing it and he's still in incredible shape and still is capable now as he's been in a long time. Let's take away the actual characters in what Judgment Day has done.”
“Let's look at it from an objective perspective. Building superstars. You've got Edge. It does not get any more credible than Edge. Rhea Ripley has been very, very impressive in her relatively short reign in WWE. I don't think anyone would disagree with that and she's still for all intents and purposes pretty brand new from a career perspective.”
“Damien Priest traveled the independents. He's been all over the world. He got to WWE, had some momentum, United States title reign, but Priest was still sort of maybe lacking something. I can't put my finger on it. I don't know exactly what that is.”
“But now you've got Edge sitting in his throne, the top of the mountain of omnipotence, however you want to dress it up. You have got a Hall of Famer teaching two very, very capable, credible athletes how to become top superstars. Priest and Rhea were both featured on TV pretty much every week pretty regularly in reasonable spots, but now Edge and his mere presence with those two now elevates all three of them."
Grave’s thoughts on Liv Morgan:
"Liv is a woman who is incredibly talented. Nobody will disagree with that. Nobody will argue. If I had to offer a criticism it is, as a commentator, we sell things, we sell characters. and we sell storylines. We are narrators. We are salesmen. That is our job as simply defined as possible. I have trouble selling Liv because I can't put a label on Liv. I understand it sounds negative or backward. I'm not asking her to put a label on herself.”
“I'm just trying to find out, yes, we know she's a wildly talented in ring competitor. We know she's charismatic. She's attractive. She's bubbly. She's got a big personality. Liv has all the ingredients. Liv has all of the tools to be a megastar. But I feel like there's something that just hasn't clicked.”
“Could AJ Styles and Finn Balor be the genesis of the next step in Liv Morgan's career, because you can't hang around AJ Styles and Finn Balor and not learn things”
“Liv, to her credit, is already a student of the game. For someone who didn't have a run on the Indies and her first foray into this business was under the WWE umbrella, Liv dove in headfirst, or with both feet, or however you want to whatever analogy you want to use. She's a student of the game. She studies. You hear her asking questions. She's constantly following people around backstage and picking their brains. She's in the ring before the show trying to work on her craft. So I've got all the respect in the world for her and it's not for lack of effort on her part. I'm just thinking that maybe this could be exactly what Liv needed. You put Liv in the same conversation and standing across the ring from Edge, who is still going to be a factor. Even when you're competing against somebody, you learn something from them, and I think this could be big."