Corey Graves has revealed that he contacted Dana Brooke after criticising her on a recent episode of Monday Night Raw.
On the October 4th episode of Monday Night Raw, Dana Brooke faced a revitalised Shayna Baszler. Brooke had been absent from Raw since June due to the departure of her former tag team partner Mandy Rose to NXT. Dana Brooke wrestled on Main Event once in the interim, where she was defeated by Doudrop in September.
While Brooke and Baszler’s match went as many anticipated, with the former NXT Women’s Champion winning quickly, Corey Graves appeared to be highly critical of the former bodybuilder on commentary. Graves suggested that there is a limit to how long someone can trade on potential before having to “cut your losses:”
“I’m all for giving people time to develop, giving people time to realize their potential, but on a long enough timeline, you gotta cut your losses. […] You can give me a chest full of tools, that doesn’t mean I can build you a house, OK? It’s a matter of putting things together, and Dana Brooke, in my opinion, hasn’t exactly done that.”
Speaking on the Out of Character podcast, Corey Graves has now discussed his remarks and revealed that he texted Brooke to let her know his comments were anything but personal:
“99.9% of the time everybody realizes that it’s just me doing what I do and I love walking the line. I love being provocative, but I also make sure and try to take great care that I don’t ever harm anybody as far as from a character perspective, I always want to make people better.”
“For the instance of the Dana Brooke issue, I actually sent her a text message the next morning saying ‘Hey, just so you know, no hard feelings, that was not personal.’ Full disclosure, I don’t know what is going to happen in these shows. I am reacting and that’s my choice.”
“There have been times where I sat in the production meetings and I have an idea as to what’s what, I prefer to not know what’s happening because I like to think my reactions are a little more genuine, I get to use my wit a little better as opposed to saying hey I got this great line for so and so.”
“William Regal actually used to instill in us back in the NXT days that commentators are a great tool for a superstar in that we can tell your story sometimes better than you can.”
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