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Corey Graves Says He Was Hurt By Pat McAfee Replacing Him On SmackDown

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Corey Graves was upset by being replaced as SmackDown’s color commentator by Pat McAfee, the WWE broadcast veteran has revealed.

In April 2021, McAfee joined Michael Cole as part of the blue brand while Graves was moved to Monday Night RAW, joining Byron Saxton and Adnan Virk.

On a recent edition of “The Kurt Angle Show” podcast, Graves admitted to being upset after McAfee replaced him. He said,

“I think the world of Pat (McAfee). He, again, is such a strong persona, it’s easy for me play off of and rib him and get under his skin. I was a little upset professionally, that I found out, hey, you’re going from Friday Night SmackDown on FOX, the network show that you kicked off with Michael Cole and then, I took it a little personally (when McAfee replaced me).

“Not because of Pat but it was sort of, I’ve paid my dues here. I’m the guy that shows up week after week. I’m the guy that did both Raw and SmackDown for two years straight, never complained and this is how you do me?

“And again, I remember I was talking to my wife and just going, ‘This isn’t right. I have to do something about this. This isn’t fair.’ I really took it hard. It had nothing to do with Pat being Pat. It was just sort of a professional issue and she talked me off a ledge and I had a few conversations with Cole. Michael Cole is my boss slash therapist.

So he talked me off the ledge as well and looking back, it’s business. Kurt (Angle), you know better than anybody here. Sometimes you gotta do the stuff you don’t wanna do so you can do the stuff that you do… It was a shock that I didn’t see coming but, you know what? I dealt with it. We’re all better off for it I think.”

Graves has since returned to SmackDown, where he commentates alongside Kevin Patrick, while McAfee last appeared for WWE during the September 15, episode of SmackDown.

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