WWE Star Cleared Contact Years After Career-Ending Injury: Report
By Jason Hall
January 12, 2022
Graves had previously won the WWE 24/7 title on November 8, 2021, despite having previously been listed on the company's strict internal "no contact" list, which Sapp reports Graves was removed from when he made a surprise pin on Akira Tozawa before being pinned himself by fellow commentator Byron Saxton seconds later.
Graves initially joined WWE as a wrestler on a developmental deal in August 2011, competing for the company's FCW brand, which was later changed to NXT in 2012, until suffering multiple concussions between late 2013 and early 2014.
The Pittsburgh announced his in-ring retirement in December 2014, joining NXT's broadcast team and later being promoted to WWE's main roster in 2016, having initially started on SmackDown.
Graves tweeted "I kinda wanna wrestle again" on November 12, days after his brief championship-winning segment.
I kinda wanna wrestle again.— Corey Graves (@WWEGraves) November 12, 2021