As we all know, Jonathan Coachman was recently re-hired by WWE and assigned to replace Booker T. on it’s “Monday Night Raw” and Booker was moved to PPV pre-shows. Since his replacement, we’ve been waiting to hear from him. Well, wait no more. During his podcast, “Heated Conversations” [Click Here], he spoke at some length about his feelings regarding Corey Graves. Here they are:
“People ask me about Corey Graves. Corey Graves is good at what he does, you know? Corey Graves, he’s thrown jabs at me, I’ve thrown jabs back, you know? And you know, the thing is Corey Graves, of course, yeah, he’s a college educated young man. His vernacular is a little different than mine. You see that word I just used? Threw that out there – just want you people to know, I ain’t studied this, it’s just something that we just threw out.
But I tell you, if I got Corey Graves into a fisticuffs, I would beat him down like he stole something. I would be whooping his ass all day long. Because that’s the thing – my thing is this. I’m a nice guy, until you get on my bad side. Corey Graves, right now, I wouldn’t necessarily say he’s on my bad side, but he’s the reason that I’m not on Monday Night Raw right now. Because, you know what, a lot of people in the company thought I was gonna jump on him, I was gonna do something bad to him, I was gonna drag him, I was gonna take him out to the woodshed, I was gonna beat that man so bad, I was gonna beat him until this man say, ‘Please, please, please, just don’t beat me any more.’
That’s how hot I was getting. That’s how close I was getting. So, they said, ‘Hey, Book. We’re gonna take – step back a second, alright? We’re gonna regroup, alright, we’re gonna press the rewind button. We’re gonna send you back to the Kickoff show of SmackDown, Monday Night Raw pay-per-views and cool you down for a second. Cause we don’t want you to do anything to Corey Graves, because we know what you could do to him. We know Corey Graves could do… he’s sitting there for a reason, man. He’s sitting there for a reason, and Corey Graves knows it.
You know what? I’ll tell you this here. I want all you people out there to know, you heard it right here Heated Conversations, Sports Radio 610, it’s probably gonna make all the dirt sheets like Meltzer and all those guys. But if I catch Corey Graves on the street, I’m gonna do something to him. Alright? I ain’t gonna do it at the office or anything like that. But if I catch him… not gonna do it in the airport, nah, I’m not gonna do that. But if I catch Corey Graves on the street? You see that little bouffant hairdo he got? I’m gonna rearrange it for him. Alright? I’m just saying. I’m just saying… Let me catch him at Starbucks. I’m a tattoo him…
He’s one of those guys gonna have to walk it like he talk it… Me personally, everybody knows my reputation… I get mean, when you mess with my green. And right now, my green is being messed with, you know what I mean? So, me and Corey Graves… WrestleMania coming up, right? There’s room for one more match. Right now, on my show, Heated Conversations, Sports Radio 610, I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight. Not a match. Not a pre-show posedown or anything like that. I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight.”
It appears Corey has seen/heard Booker’s comments and had this to say on Twitter:
“Thus the expert in battle moves the enemy, and is not moved by him.”
(Yes, this is what you think it is)
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) February 5, 2018
We’ll keep an eye on this as the story continues to develop.
Botch Take: Well, this is interesting. This is another one of those things where I can’t tell if this is a “work” or not…and I like it! What we do know is that Corey Graves is in no position to fight anyone given the concussion issues that ended his in-ring career. We also know that Booker is a very busy man. He’s running an independent wrestling promotion/training school (Reality of Wrestling) and that school is successful as it has turned out great workers like NXT’s Ember Moon. He’s also running the aforementioned podcast with Brad Gilmore. It really is, therefore, possible that he may have voluntarily stepped down.
It is also quite possible that he really was pushed aside. It’s pretty hard to deny how shaky Booker has been in his role as “Monday Night Raw” commentator.
Exhibit A: “Right-handed Southpaw jab”. That’s just one example of hundreds.
It could then be that, as a result of those mistakes, he was replaced by Jonathan Coachman and demoted to PPV pre-shows.
But we don’t really know.
Still, it’s interesting to wonder, right?