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Does Booker T blame Corey Graves for losing his spot on Raw?

Booker T

Last summer, Booker T replaced David Otunga on the commentary team. Otunga had some personal issues to handle, and could not guarantee to be on every Monday night. However, Booker would eventually become Otunga’s permanent replacement, and the latter would become a pre-show analyst.

Since joining the commentary team on Raw, Booker and Corey Graves have butted heads a number of times. He would eventually be replaced by Johnathan Coachman on January 29, and he blamed Graves for the swap. On Heated Conversations, Booker T’s podcast, he stated that he was close to trading blows with Graves.

If I got Corey Graves into a fisticuffs, I would beat him down like he stole something. I would be whoopin’ his ass all day long. My thing is, I’m a nice guy until you get on my bad side. Corey Graves, I wouldn’t say necessarily he’s on my bad side right now, but he’s the reason that I’m not on Monday Night Raw right now.

Lot of people in the company thought I was going to jump on him. I was gonna do something bad to him. I was gonna drag him. I was gonna take him to the woodshed. I was gonna beat that man so bad that he was going to say ‘Please, please, just don’t beat me anymore.’ That’s how hot I was getting, that’s how close I was getting.

Booker went on to say that if he catches Graves on the street, he’s “gonna do something to him.” He also challenged Graves to a full on fight and blamed him for losing out on prime time money.

I ain’t gonna do it at the office or the airport, but if I catch Corey Graves on the street, you see that little bouffant hairdo he got? I’m gonna rearragne it for him.

Everybody knows my reputation. I get mean if you mess with my green. And right now, my green is being messed with. Wrestlemania is coming up, right? There’s room for one more match at Wrestlemania.

Right now, on my show, I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight. Not a match. Not a pre-show pose down or anything like that. I’m calling Corey Graves out to a fight. I’m talking man-to-man. You and I.

  • CC

    Well done to Booker and Corey, they played us all.
    Bravo gentlemen, bravo.

  • Nicholas Giambattista

    Booker T was only suppose to be the Raw commentary for a little while if I remember. But after they made Booker T do commentary he actually started off pretty good. But now he is awful an I don’t know what he is talking about half the time.

    He could have handle this a whole lot better to because hey I believe after WM he could have head over to Smackdown so Graves don’t have to do both shows. But with they way Booker T been acting that maybe out the window.

  • CC

    Booker is an awful announcer, and the fact that Graves consistantly had to correct all the mistakes he used to make pretty much tells you that Booker had no place on commentary. If he cannot deal with that fact and wants to make childish threats, kinda makes his case even worse.

  • MindTricked

    I swear, during the Royal Rumble, they (Booker, Graves, Cole) were shooting on each other. The fact that there was a change the following night wasn’t a surprise. Problem is, Book’s commentary was all over the place, and I’d often wonder what the hell he was talking about. It became hilarious.

    There was a definite change needed, and it sucks that Book is the one losing money over this, but really, he probably shouldn’t have been put in that prime time position in the first place.

  • Keith Learmonth

    Can you imagine if JR and King had taken all the jabs at each other on the air this seriously? If Booker is going to be like this about the standard heel/face announcer dynamic, he shouldn’t be on the air in that position anyway.

  • Soulshroude

    AN off the cuff fight sounds good, some sort of street fight or no holds barred, b,s, seems right up WWE’s alley and could be exactly what is needed to up the ratings.

  • Rob ‘Richard Hammond’ Picken

    I love booker and he’s truly one half of the best tag teams of the 90s and yes WWE missed the boat with him in terms of a top player, BUT the guys no commentator. Greaves runs rings around him (and probably the rest of the announce team if I’m honest)

  • ROB-1.

    I will always like Jim Ross & Jerry Lawler when they were on Raw.

  • pitfallharry219

    I’ve never cared for Cole’s or Tazz’s commentating outside of when they were the Smackdown team. There was just something about them that brought out the best in each other.

  • BB

    I love Booker. Truly an awesome guy and nothing but respect for him. That said, I agree with the comments in that he just isn’t a good commentator. You ever really listen to him during Raw or anything? He makes no sense. Graves (and sometimes Cole) will call him out during Raw for his shoddy, uneven commentary and I was always kind of curious if it was a shoot or not. Now I know, haha. Sorry it happened to you Book, especially during Mania season, but maybe it was for the best?

  • Kayfabe_Is_Dead

    I would have thought it was because Booker T just isn’t a good announcer. He’s hard to understand a lot of times. I understand they want diversity (not everyone can be Michael Cole or Tom Phillips, but I actually liked Tazz better, and he wasn’t even that good.

  • Symbiote_X

    Graves is a much better commentator than Booker. If anybody is to blame it’s Booker for not earning his spot at the desk.