Corey Graves, the dual-branded commentator was recently a guest on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast. There, the Saviour of Misbehaviour talked about his character work in the WWE and what it means.
Graves revealed that he doesn’t care if he’s calling matches for five hours straight because it’s his job. However, he was still more tired than he has ever been in his entire life at the end of it all. (h/t wrestlinginc)
I still don’t look at what I do now. I think it’s just like anything; it’s my job, and I just do it. I try not to get caught up in it. The first time that it really kicked in was after this year’s WrestleMania where I called the entire show, with the exception of the first two Kickoff matches. I then did all of RAW and all of SmackDown, and I remember finally getting home after going to Florida for voice overs thinking how I had never been this tired in my entire life. I wonder if everyone else is this tired? Probably not. I am just in a groove. I don’t think about it.
Regarding his character, Graves said that he doesn’t see himself as a typical heel. Rather he says that he is just a bad guy in the commentary booth.
I side with a lot of heel mentalities. I can justify it because I generally was a heel as a wrestler, so I can justify just about anything. A lot of times it is outrageous and ridiculous which is why I love to say it because it is funny for me to be able to give a backhanded justification for something that was clearly messed up and out of line, but that was just me entertaining myself. I am not the ‘bad guy’ Commentator. That is passe.