The Illumnerdi recently conducted an interview with WWE star and color commentator Corey Graves, who spoke about a number of different topics, including whether there are any plans for an in-ring return and what advice he would give to his younger self. Highlights are below.
Says there are no plans for him to return to the ring just yet:
There are no plans. I mean, Im not going to spoil anything. I dont have any sort of like immediate goals to accomplish. It was just something that Ive wanted to do and Ive accomplished so much in this role as a commentator, which is a role I never in a million years expected to have in the first place. So now Im like, Okay, I feel like Ive got the commentary thing down. Now, what else can I do? Im constantly I mean, behind the scenes trying to learn and learn the business side of the wrestling business. I always want to have irons in different fires, just because otherwise I feel like when I get complacent, I get bored.
Advice he would give to his younger self:
Slow down. Slow down. All the madness that I experienced on the indies prior to arriving in WWE? I wouldnt have changed for the world. Stylistically speaking, [I would have changed] a little bit. I would have taken a little bit better care of myself. I felt like I was invincible. If I got a concussion? Thats no big deal, Ill be fine. Well, no, you need to take the week off. What do you mean, I need to take the week off, Im fine. I was so driven and goal-oriented that I had blinders on. The only thing I could focus on was making it to WWE, and I was right there. I think in hindsight if I had slowed down a little bit, taken a little bit better care of myself physically and mentally, maybe I wouldnt have hit that roadblock when I did. Not to say it wouldnt have come another year or two down the road, but at that time, I was burning the candle at both ends constantly. I was training trying to balance everything. Trying to make it and I think, a little bit older, wiser version of me, I would just tell myself to slow down and take it easy, because as we can see, I eventually got here in some capacity.
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