Raw announcer Corey Graves has admitted that he was “furious” at seeing a recent storyline on WWE television play out.
Austin Theory had an incredible 2022 being in a featured bout at WrestleMania 38 when he took on Pat McAfee and ended up on the wrong end of a Stone Cold Stunner. Theory was the on-screen protege of then WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and he ended up in the plum position of winning the Money In The Bank briefcase in early July.
Just a few short weeks later, McMahon retired and Theory’s fortunes appeared to change. After teasing cash-ins on Roman Reigns at SummerSlam and Clash at the Castle, Austin Theory’s fall from grace accelerated sharply on Raw in Wilkes-Barre.
Rather than try and unseat Reigns as Undisputed WWE Universal Champion, Theory turned his attention to Seth Rollins and became the first person to cash in for the US Championship. But that proved to be an unwise move as well as Bobby Lashley intervened and made sure that Seth Rollins retained his title and Theory now stands with nothing.
Speaking on the After The Bell podcast, Corey Graves expressed his anger with the storyline and thinks that Theory could still be destined for big things:
“I’m furious with how it all played out. I was furious as it was unfolding before our very eyes … As a real human being and as an on-air character, Seth Freaking Rollins and Austin Theory are two of my favorites. I think the world of Austin Theory and I truly believe what Mr. McMahon was saying six months ago — that this guy could be the guy. And I understand that things change and, you know, the path, everything has changed.”
“Let it play out. Austin Theory didn’t get fired. Austin Theory didn’t get beaten and thrown into a dumpster and pushed off the stage. Austin Theory didn’t have a limousine explode … If Theory doesn’t do something massive between now and Survivor Series, maybe it’s time to worry.”