The Raw commentary team of Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick have been announced as co-hosts of WWE’s After The Bell podcast.
Corey Graves has been one of the co-hosts of After The Bell since its inception, but starting this week, he’ll be joined by Kevin Patrick, who replaces NXT’s Vic Joseph.
The podcast host change was announced in a Sports Illustrated article with Graves talking about the change.
“Vic Joseph has been my co-host for the last year or so, and Vic is awesome. Now we’re putting a fresh coat of paint on After the Bell, and our crew is trying something new here. Kevin did a guest spot a few weeks back, and we had flow and chemistry. So we’ll work to capture that dynamic every week. I’m excited to see where it goes.”
Graves also spoke about the duo working together on Raw since October 10th when Patrick took over the job.
“It’s going to take time, but he has the desire to learn. He types up these critiques after every Raw to get better. I’m optimistic over the work he puts in and the passion he has for this business, which can be difficult for people who come from an outside sport. And I know it’s a change—our fans are used to hearing him do backstage interviews, not calling Raw. But he’s really taken the initiative to learn every aspect. We’ve been sitting at a pub after Raw the past few weeks and go over every detail. He’s learning different aspects of the business you’ll never learn in broadcasting school.”
Patrick spoke highly of Graves as well, calling him a genius about how he approaches things.
“I’m grateful to do this with Corey. He has a love, passion, and affection for WWE. He lives for this and absolutely loves it. If you can’t meet that level of passion, then forget about it. My goal is to meet him at the station and take that same ride. I’m learning so much alongside him. I think he’s a genius about how he approaches this, and his success is rooted in his passion.”
Tonight’s episode of WWE Monday Night Raw will take place at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas just five days ahead of WWE Crown Jewel on November 5th.