Corey Graves
Height 6ft 1in
Weight 208lbs
From The Sunset Strip
Debut 29th July 2013
Brand SmackDown
Season 2 Record 0-3
Season 3 Record 21-7
Season 4 Record 9-5

Corey Graves is a member of the SmackDown roster as of 2017, he is a former Cruiserweight ChampionHardcore ChampionNXT Champion.


Debut (2013)

Corey Graves made his debut on the July 29th 2013 edition of SmackDown, losing a Fatal 4-Way Matchup to the also debuting Conor O'Brian.

Cruiserweight Champion & NXT Champion (2014)

In early 2014, Corey Graves was drafted from SmackDown to NXT as part of the 2014 Draft, he quickly began win streak, leading him to a Cruiserweight Championship victory at Backlash.

At Money in the Bank, Graves competed in a Money in the Bank Ladder Match, losing to Tyler Breeze. On the July 2nd edition of NXT, Graves defeated Bobby Roode to win the Hardcore Championship. On July 16th, Graves lost the Hardcore Championship to Ultimo Dragon in a Ladder Match, remaining unpinned in the process. At Unforgiven, Graves lost his Cruiserweight Championship in similar fashion, losing a Triple Threat Ladder Match to Zack Ryder.

At SummerSlam, Graves challenged Bray Wyatt for the NXT Championship, with both men having been on big winning streaks heading into the match, it was given the main event spot. At the event, Graves defeated Wyatt via Lucky 13 submission to win the NXT Championship. At Cyber Sunday, Graves was voted into a triple threat for his championship, retaining against Bray Wyatt & BatistaAt Night of Champions, Graves faced and retained the championship against Batista once again, however, due to damages dealt by Batista, Graves was then forced to vacate the championship and take time away from the ring to recover from injuries.

On December 31st, Graves returned in the main event of NXT, defeating Batista, who had won Graves' NXT Championship during his absence.

Draft to Raw (2015-2016)

In April of 2015, Graves was drafted from NXT to RAW as part of the 2015 Supplemental Draft. At Backlash, Graves debuted a new team with Baron Corbin called The Misfits, they squashed the team of Zack Ryder & Alex RileyAt Night of Champions, The Misfits challenged for the World Tag Team Championship, losing to the champions D-Generation X.

As 2015 came to an end, Corey Graves did not compete for the first few months of 2016. There has been tension between Graves and his tag team partner Baron Corbin as Corbin has moved on to chasing singles championships, leaving Graves out of the mix. On the April 23rd edition of Main Event, Graves finally competed in a match, losing to JBL. Graves commented on Corbin's rivalry with The Undertaker multiple times, stating that Corbin needed to remember where he came from. Following Corbin's victory over Undertaker and then Sheamus, Corbin challenged Graves to a match on the May 9th edition of Raw. Stating he wanted to leave his past, including Graves behind him. The match saw Corbin quickly defeat Graves.

The Nexus (2016-present)

On December 15th, Graves made his return, assisting Daniel Bryan, who was scheduled to face Pentagon Jr. in the main event of NXT, in assaulting both NXT General Manager William Regal backstage, as well as Pentagon's mentor, Vampiro. Bryan then stated that after being pushed around by Regal's management, he had decided to form a rebellion, consisting of people who had been wronged during their NXT tenures. The group were revealed to be named The Nexus, with the first three members assisting Bryan in a four on one main event against Pentagon. The three revealed members, Wade Barrett (who had been fired after failing Regal earlier in the year), Ryback (who had been shoved to the bottom of the NXT ranks and released earlier in the year), and Corey Graves (who had been treated unfairly since losing the NXT Championship in 2014), were given new NXT contracts, as Regal felt he had something to prove to try and stop the group. Bryan later confirmed that there were a total of eight members, and that they would all band together to get retribution on everyone who had crossed them or been treated better than they have.

On the February 15th edition of NXT, Graves & Tyson Kidd stared down and issued a challenge to NXT Tag Team Champions Seth Rollins & Roman ReignsThe ShieldThe following week, they defeated The Shield in a non-title match. On March 1st, The Nexus challenged The Shield, this time with the championships on the line, losing the match when Rollins hit a curb stomp on Tyson Kidd, severely injuring Kidd in the process.

On April 2nd 2017, Graves was drafted from ECW to SmackDown as part of the 2017 Draft. Seperating him and Daniel Bryan from the rest of The Nexus, who were all drafted to RAW.

Championships and Accomplishments

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