This past week there has been rather a lot of drama surrounding WWE commentators Corey Graves and Mauro Ranallo after Graves sent out a tweet many took as him calling out the quality of Ranallo’s commentary.
In the immediate aftermath of this, Ranallo deleted his social media accounts and was said to be in “rough shape”. He was also pulled from commentating on both Survivor Series and this week’s NXT taping, and it isn’t known when he’ll return.
Ranallo has a history of severe mental illness, and it is thought that Graves’ comments may well have seriously affected the NXT commentator.
Despite all of this, according to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, some in the company see Graves as the victim in this situation rather than the guilty party.
“It was noted to me that logic would have had WWE management trying to reel him in after Ranallo left, but in the strange world of WWE, Graves was considered by many the babyface in the situation, and even the victim.”
Graves has now apologised for the tweet on the “After the Bell” podcast, but many fans feel he went too far with his latest tweeting.
Here’s what he said:
“What’s up, everybody? Welcome to After The Bell, I am Corey Graves. A ton to get to this week as we do every week but before we go any further, on a personal note, I needed to address something. This past Saturday, during the ‘Takeover: WarGames’ event, I sent out a tweet. It was an unpopular opinion, as I often do with the intention of just stirring up a little controversy, maybe have something fun to talk about on TV or here on the show. It was maybe not the most professional way to go about things, and it was never meant to offend or disrespect or disparage anybody. That was never my intention. If it was taken as such, I apologize deeply. That was not my intention. I would never intentionally cause anybody undue stress, especially a co-worker. So, I apologize.”