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7. Maybe Graves Should Muzzle It

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Look, we all know that wrestlers and announcers are playing characters on TV and during PPVs, but when real life intervenes, maybe discretion is the better case of valor.

In this case, Corey Graves is well known for his lecherous drooling over Mandy Rose. It’s beyond creepy at this point, and he continued his tongue-wagging Sunday night. The wrinkle to this was the revelation from Graves’ wife in a since-deleted social media post about the announcer having an affair with Carmella.

This isn’t a commentary on someone’s potential personal shortcomings – Lord knows that no one is perfect – but given that, maybe he could have toned it down for a night.

Worse, Michael Cole and Renee Young appeared to be hip to the room and called him out. Cole paid an actual compliment to Rose by starting off, “Despite the way Graves talks about Mandy Rose…” and Young flat-out told him that his drooling makes people uncomfortable.

Again, these are all characters, but it was a bit uncomfortable. Find a new gear to this shtick.


Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.