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.