The actual reason that Corey Graves made controversial tweets aimed at NXT announcer Mauro Ranallo during TakeOver: WarGames appears to have been revealed.
In case somehow you haven’t seen, here’s the main tweet in question:
Just for the record guys, I know you wouldn’t know it, but there’s actually a WWE Hall of Famer AND a former Ring of Honor Champion on commentary.
I’d imagine they have a lot to offer.
— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) November 24, 2019
Pro Wrestling Sheet is reporting that sources have said the tweet was made by Graves simply to play into the brand rivalry element of Survivor Series, and he would have brought them up jokingly on commentary with Ranallo on Sunday.
However, that’s not how it played out, as Ranallo didn’t commentate on the show as a result of the tweet, and won’t be back to call tonight’s episode of NXT either.
Graves apologised on the latest episode of his podcast, saying:
“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.”