Corey Graves

Matthew Polinsky[1] (born February 24, 1984)[2] is an American color commentator, columnist, and retired professional wrestler. He is currently signed to WWE as a color commentator for Raw and SmackDown Live under the ring name Corey Graves. He is a former NXT Tag Team Champion with Adrian Neville. Polinsky is also known for his work on the independent circuit under the ring name Sterling James Keenan.

Corey Graves
Corey Graves HOF 2018
Graves in April 2018
Birth nameMatthew Polinsky[1]
BornFebruary 24, 1984 (age 35)[2]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States[2]
ResidenceConnecticut, United States
Spouse(s)
Amy Schneider (m. 2009)
Children3
FamilySam Adonis (brother)[3]
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s)Corey Graves[4]
Sterling Keenan
Sterling James Keenan[2]
Iron City Irvin Ickleman[2]
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)[5]
Billed weight209 lb (95 kg)[5]
Billed fromThe Sunset Strip[2]
Iron City, Pennsylvania[6]
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania[5]
Trained byBoomer Payne[2]
Quinn Magnum[2]
Dory Funk Jr.[2]
Mad Mike[2]
DebutMarch 22, 2000[2]
RetiredDecember 11, 2014

Early life

Polinsky was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of a Hungarian couple. He attended college and got a degree in marketing.[7]

Professional wrestling career

Independent promotions

Polinsky chose his ring name the night before his first professional wrestling match, and picked the name "Sterling James Keenan" as a tribute to Sterling Sharpe, Polinsky's favorite American football player as a child, and Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool.[7]

Keenan debuted on March 22, 2000.[2] Throughout the next few years, Keenan appeared for various promotions, including Dory Funk Jr.'s "Funkin Conservatory", where he competed with wrestlers including Paul London, Adam Windsor, and Onyx.[2] In 2002, Keenan teamed with "Dreamachine" Chris Cage to win the Funkin Conservatory Tag Team Championship by defeating the team of London and Windsor.[8]

Keenan also made appearances for NWA Upstate, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling, and Full Throttle Wrestling. On April 26, 2002, in NWA East / Pro Wrestling eXpress, Keenan and Mad Mike won the NWA East Tag Team Championship by defeating The Premiere Players.[9] Keenan was part of the Union of Independent Professional Wrestlers promotion in both of its incarnations. He won the UIPW Keystone Cruiserweight Championship. Beginning in 2005, he appeared regularly for Far North Wrestling (FNW), and on November 2, 2007, he won a Battle royal to win the FNW Heavyweight Championship.[2] He defeated Samoa Joe and Rikishi by countout on August 23, 2007 to win the Ballpark Brawl Natural Heavyweight Title.[10] On February 24, 2008, Keenan won Absolute Intense Wrestling's Heavyweight Championship by winning a 30-Man gauntlet match.[2]

Keenan competed for Pro Wrestling Zero1, and won the Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship on two occasions. On March 8, 2008, Keenan defeated Mr. Wrestling 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to win the championship for the first time. He only held the championship for a week before dropping it to Dr. X on March 15 in Morganville, New Jersey. On May 9, Keenan won the championship for the second time, defeating Jake Manning in Limerick, Pennsylvania. He held the championship for just under a month before losing it to Rick Landell on June 1.[11]

Throughout the years, Keenan has also made sporadic appearances for Ring of Honor (ROH). His debut appearance for the promotion was at Round Robin Challenge II on April 25, 2003, where he teamed with EZ Money in a Tag Team Scramble match won by The S.A.T. He returned to ROH over two years later at Redemption on August 12, 2005, where he participated in a Four Corner Survival match won by Ace Steel. In October 2005, he lost a singles match to Claudio Castagnoli and a singles match between Keenan and Steel at Tag Wars 2006 in January 2006 ended in a no contest due to interference from Chris Hero and the Necro Butcher. Six months later, at In Your Face, Keenan and Jason Blade lost a tag team match to The Briscoe Brothers. He made a single appearance in ROH in 2007 at the Fifth Year Festival: Dayton event, losing to Jimmy Rave and another appearance in March 2009 at Steel City Clash, losing to Delirious.[12] He also appeared on the Ring of Honor Wrestling television show on the April 4, 2009 episode, losing to Erick Stevens.[13]

International Wrestling Cartel (2002–2007)

Keenan debuted in the International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) on October 19, 2002, defeating Troy Lords. On the following IWC show, Keenan defeated CM Punk, before losing to Shirley Doe on two separate occasions but defeating Josh Prohibition. On December 28, Keenan teamed with Dustin Ardine to challenge the Devil's Advocates for the IWC Tag Team Championship, but were unsuccessful. In May 2003, Keenan participated in IWC's Super Indy tournament, defeating B.J. Whitmer in the first round, but losing to Colt Cabana in the second.[14]

At IWC's Revengeance show in September, Keenan defeated Al B. Damm to earn a match for the IWC Heavyweight Championship. He received his championship match on November 1, 2003, and defeated Dennis Gregory to win the championship. At Rebirth of Extreme on November 22, Keenan successfully retained the championship in a rematch against Gregory, and made further successful defences against Punk on December 12, Dean Radford on January 31, 2004, and February 24, and against Super Hentai on March 6. Two weeks later, on March 20, Keenan lost the IWC Heavyweight Championship to Radford, and failed to regain it in a rematch on April 3, and on April 17, when he lost a Tables match to Radford.[14]

In July 2004, Keenan unsuccessfully challenged Chris Sabin for the IWC Super Indy Championship. That December, after Sabin had vacated the Super Indy Championship, Keenan won a four-way match against Petey Williams, Josh Prohibition, and John McChesney to win the vacant championship. He made a successful defense of the championship against AJ Styles on February 24, 2005, and Claudio Castagnoli the following night. In April he retained the championship against Nate Webb, before losing a championship match to Justin Idol by countout in final championship defense on April 29, 2005. That same night, McChesney won the Super Indy Tournament, winning the championship as part of his victory, despite having not beaten Keenan. The next night, a match for the championship between Keenan and McChesney ended in a double countout.[14]

In March 2006, Keenan unsuccessfully challenged Doe for the IWC Heavyweight Championship. That September, Keenan was part of a tournament for the vacant IWC Heavyweight Championship, but was eliminated in the first round after losing to Ricky Reyes. On August 4, 2007, Keenan lost another match for the championship, this time to long-time rival Dennis Gregory, in what proved to be his final match in the company.[14]

One Pro Wrestling (2005–2009)

Keenan made his debut for the United Kingdom-based 1 Pro Wrestling (1PW) at their inaugural show, A Cruel Twist of Fate, on October 1, 2005, defeating D'Lo Brown. He quickly formed an alliance with Abyss, and the pair defeated Sabu and Ulf Herman in a hardcore tag team match on January 7, 2006. In March, Keenan competed in a tournament to determine the inaugural 1PW Heavyweight Champion, but was defeated by AJ Styles in a quarter-final match.[15]

He moved on to feud with Spud, defeating him on May 26 at Know Your Enemy Night One. At Fight Club 2 in July, Keenan defeated Spud in an Iron City Street Fight. Three weeks later, Kennan replaced Matt Hyson in a tag team match, where he and Spud challenged Jody Fleisch and Jonny Storm for the 1PW Tag Team Championship. They were unsuccessful after Keenan attacked Spud during the match. At Invincible in August, a tag team match featuring Keenan and Hyson versus Spud and Teddy Hart ended in a no contest after several other wrestlers interfered, prompting a 10-man elimination tag team match, which Keenan's team won.[15]

At Resurrection in April 2007, Keenan challenged Romeo Roselli for the Nu-Wrestling Evolution Heavyweight Championship, but was disqualified for using the championship belt as a weapon. He then began challenging Ulf Herman for the 1PW Heavyweight Championship, but was unsuccessful in a four-way match on June 29 when Herman retained the championship. Keenan failed to win the championship again on June 30 and August 18.[15] On October 13, at 2nd Anniversary Show, Keenan defeated Herman to win the championship in a steel cage match.[6][15][16] Keenan successfully defended the championship against Doug Williams on January 25, 2008, and Martin Stone, Darren Burridge and Abyss in a four-way match the following night. His next defense was on October, when he lost to Johnny Moss via disqualification, and retaining the championship as a result. At the 3rd Anniversary Show that same month, Keenan retained the championship against Raven.[15] Keenan eventually lost the championship to Martin Stone on April 18, 2009 at To The Extreme, ending his championship reign at 554 days.[6][15] He continued to feud with Stone in an unsuccessful attempt to regain the championship throughout 2009, and made his final 1PW appearance at the 4th Anniversary Show in November.[15]

WWE

Before signing a contract with WWE, Keenan made several appearances for the company. On April 26, 2006, Keenan and CM Punk lost a dark match to The Gymini prior to the SmackDown taping.[2] On June 6, 2006, Keenan teamed with Jon Bolen in a loss to Jamie Noble and Kid Kash.[17] Keenan appeared on an episode of WWE Heat that was taped on August 6, losing to Val Venis.[2] Keenan appeared on the August 10, 2007, episode of SmackDown!, where he was easily squashed by Mark Henry.[18]

Developmental territories (2011–2014)

In August 2011, it was reported that Polinsky had signed a developmental contract with WWE. Polinsky announced that he would be performing in WWE's developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), under the ring name Corey Graves.[4] He debuted at the FCW television tapings on September 25, losing to Erick Rowan.[19] The following year, on March 17, 2012, Graves won the FCW Florida Tag Team Championship with Jake Carter by defeating Bo Rotundo and Husky Harris.[20] When WWE rebranded FCW into NXT,[21] Graves and Carter participated in the inaugural tapings in June 2012.[22] They defeated CJ Parker and Nick Rogers in match aired in July.[23]

Graves was re-established as a singles wrestler on November 14 with a win over Oliver Grey;[24] Following a submission victory over Yoshi Tatsu in December, Graves attacked the NXT Champion Seth Rollins, and was awarded a title match on the January 2, 2013 episode of NXT.[25][26] Graves failed to capture the championship despite winning via disqualification following interference from Rollins' associates in The Shield.[27] After singles victories over former partner Carter and Alex Riley, Graves faced Conor O'Brian in a number one contender's match; the match ended in a no contest after The Shield attacked both men, and Graves later lost in a triple threat number one contender's match.[28][29][30][31] Graves transitioned into a feud with The Shield, challenging them to a match for costing him title opportunities.[32] He faced Rollins in a lumberjack match, which he lost when the other members of The Shield interfered.[33] In May, Graves began feuding with The Wyatt Family following a confrontation (and later match) with leader Bray Wyatt.[34] After being eliminated by Wyatt in a battle royal, Graves teamed with Kassius Ohno to unsuccessfully challenge Luke Harper and Erick Rowan for the NXT Tag Team Championship, and Graves, Ohno, and Adrian Neville lost to The Wyatt Family in a six-man tag team match.[35][36][37] After the Wyatts injured Ohno in storyline, Graves began regularly teaming with Neville, and on the July 18 episode of NXT, they defeated Harper and Rowan to capture the NXT Tag Team Championship.[38][39] The duo held the championship for nearly three months, before losing to The Ascension in September. After failing to regain the title, Graves attacked Neville to provoke a feud, thus turning heel. They traded victories, before Graves suffered a legitimate concussion, rendering him temporarily inactive. He returned in January 2014, to enter a feud with Sami Zayn. Graves defeated Zayn on April 3 but was defeated in a 6-man tag team match teaming with The Ascension against Zayn and The Usos. Graves then suffered a second concussion, causing him to be absent from television for several months.

Pre-show panelist (2014–2017)

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Graves (top) on the Raw pre-show alongside Renee Young, 2016

Graves returned on the NXT TakeOver: R Evolution pre-show on December 11, where he announced his official in-ring retirement due to his concussion issues. He also announced that he would be joining NXT's commentary team with immediate effect, with his duties beginning at that event.[40]

Graves was then offered a two-year commentary contract by Triple H, and was later added to the pre-show panel for Raw.[41]

He is also the host of WWE Culture Shock, a WWE Network original series. In August 2015, following Dolph Ziggler's 2014 shout-out to the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fandom,[42] March's reveal of Xavier Woods as a member of said fandom,[43] and Sheamus being shamed in April by Ziggler about Bronies on TV,[44] he attended BronyCon at the Baltimore Convention Center to investigate the fandom, where he dressed in an Applejack costume and interviewed Bronies. WWE released a free preview of the episode on August 26, 2015 following the August 22 NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn event and the August 23 SummerSlam event.[45] Despite being drafted to Raw, Graves continued to provide color commentary for NXT until the February 1, 2017 episode. On the pre-show for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio, Graves announced he would be leaving NXT after that event, with Nigel McGuinness taking his place on commentary.

Main roster commentator (2016–present)

Following the 2016 WWE draft, it was announced that Graves would be joining the Raw commentary team. On July 25, on the first post brand split episode of Raw, Graves began serving as a color commentator alongside Michael Cole and Byron Saxton.[46] On November 29, Graves joined the commentary team for the Cruiserweight division's WWE Network exclusive show, 205 Live, alongside Mauro Ranallo and Austin Aries.

In March 2017, following Ranallo's absence from commentary and Aries' return to in-ring action, Graves would be joined by Tom Phillips on commentary for 205 Live. On the May 29 episode of Raw, Graves would directly report to Raw general manager Kurt Angle about some "scandalous information" that was sent to him about Angle, with Angle telling Graves that if the news broke out, it would ruin him.[47] On the June 19 episode of Raw, as Angle tried to resolve the mystery of who attacked both Enzo and Cass over the last few weeks, Graves would show security footage of Big Cass faking his attack, which led to Cass revealing himself as the one who attacked Enzo Amore, before attacking Amore once again, officially disbanding the team. Graves would continue to support Angle about his personal information that was sent to him, which Angle would reveal on the July 17 episode of Raw, announcing that Jason Jordan was his storyline son. On September 4, it was announced that Graves would also join the SmackDown Live announce team after JBL departed from the company, making Graves the only current announcer to commentate both Raw and SmackDown Live, as a heel color commentator.

Other media

Polinsky, as Corey Graves, made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K15, where on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, he has his own path in the "Who Got NXT" mode, documenting his matches in NXT and on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions as an unlockable character through the MyCareer mode.[48] He later appeared in WWE 2K18 and WWE 2K19 as a non-playable character as part of the commentary team.

Polinsky was a part of E:60 documentary: "WWE: Behind the Curtain". From October 2015 to April 2016, Polinsky wrote a monthly column for Alternative Press entitled "Stay Loud." The column covered the intersection of wrestling and music.[49]

Personal life

As of 2014, Polinsky and his wife, Amy Schneider,[50] have three children together.[51] He also has a younger brother, Sam, who wrestles for the Mexican promotion CMLL under the name "Sam Adonis".[52]

Polinsky is a professional piercer, after training as an apprentice at the request of a friend of his who needed a piercer in his tattoo shop.[7] He has worked in the Naughty Vibrations shop in Greensburg, Pennsylvania and in a shop named True Image in New Kensington, Pennsylvania.[7] Polinsky is known for his tattoos.[7] He got two of them before the age of 16 with his parents' permission, and after turning 18, got sleeve tattoos on both his arms, made up of several clearly visible and separate tattoos tied together with designs.[7] He also has tattoos on his neck, and has the words "stay down" tattooed across his knuckles.[7]

Polinsky is described as a typical yinzer and often shows pride in being from Pittsburgh on WWE programming, often mentioning his bar-hopping on Pittsburgh's South Side and mentioning his favorite places to visit.[53]

Championships and accomplishments

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Benjamin Satterley (born 22 August 1986) is an English professional wrestler currently working under the ring name Pac for All Elite Wrestling (AEW) in the United States and Dragon Gate in Japan, where he is the current Open the Dream Gate Champion in his first reign and a member of the villainous R.E.D. stable. He also currently works on the international independent circuit as a freelancer. He is perhaps best known for his six-year tenure in WWE, where he competed under the ring name Neville (previously Adrian Neville).

Satterley is noted for his high flying style and aerial attacks, which has earned him the nickname "The Man That Gravity Forgot". He began his wrestling career under the ring name Pac in North East England with a small promotion, the Independent Wrestling Federation (IWF), and after establishing himself in the United Kingdom with promotions such as Real Quality Wrestling and One Pro Wrestling, he began to perform overseas, most notably for the United States-based Pro Wrestling Guerrilla (PWG), Ring of Honor (ROH), and Chikara; and the Japan-based Dragon Gate, where he won the Open the Brave, Triangle, and Twin Gate Championship. He is a former PWG World Tag Team Champion, and winner of PWG's inaugural Dynamite Duumvirate Tag Team Title Tournament.

From 2012–2015, Satterley wrestled in WWE's developmental territory NXT under the name Adrian Neville. In NXT, he won the NXT Tag Team Championship twice, with his first reign being one-half of the inaugural champions with Oliver Grey and the other reign with Corey Graves. He is also a one-time NXT Champion, thus making him the first man to have held both the NXT Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championship. Neville was promoted to the main roster in early 2015, and was later drafted to Raw in the 2016 draft. He began competing in the cruiserweight division that same year, and became a record two-time and longest reigning WWE Cruiserweight Champion.

Rob Schamberger

Rob Schamberger is an American painter known for his portraiture of professional wrestlers. He is currently the host of Canvas 2 Canvas on the WWE Network.

Sam Adonis

Samuel Polinsky (born 1989) is an American professional wrestler, best known under the ring name Sam Adonis and Sam Elias. Polinsky is currently working in Mexico for Consejo Mundial de Lucha Libre (CMLL) as a heel pro-Trump character. Polinsky is the younger brother of Matthew Polinsky, best known as WWE commentator Corey Graves.

Polinsky has briefly worked for WWE, in their Florida Championship Wrestling developmental league, under the name Buddy Stretcher and worked a match for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling under the name Bill Callous, but has spent the majority of his pro wrestling career in England working for various promotions such as All Star Wrestling.

Scott Dawson (wrestler)

David Michael Harwood (born June 30, 1984) is an American professional wrestler. He is signed to WWE, where he performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Scott Dawson. Along with Dash Wilder, he is one half of the former two time NXT Tag Team Champions and current Raw Tag Team Champions, The Revival.

The Ascension (professional wrestling)

The Ascension are a professional wrestling tag team signed to WWE consisting of Konnor and Viktor, performing on the Raw brand.

The Ascension was formerly a stable from 2011 to 2012. The Ascension originally started out in Florida Championship Wrestling as a stable consisting of Conor O'Brian, Kenneth Cameron, Ricardo Rodriguez, Tito Colon and Raquel Diaz. After several membership changes, Konnor and Viktor became established as a tag-team in NXT. Their 364-day NXT Tag Team Championship reign is currently the longest in the history of the title.

WWE 205 Live

WWE 205 Live, or simply 205 Live, is a professional wrestling web television program produced by WWE, which features the promotion's cruiserweight division, wherein all participants are billed at a maximum weight of 205 lbs. This show is part of the 205 Live brand and formerly part of the Raw brand, storyline divisions to which WWE employees are assigned to work and perform.

The show premiered on the WWE Network on November 29, 2016, and airs weekly on the service. It originally aired following SmackDown Live on Tuesday nights. Talking Smack, which previously held the 10:00pm eastern time slot, moved to 11:00pm eastern following the debut of 205 Live until Talking Smack's cancellation in July 2017. In September 2018, the show moved to Wednesday nights at 7:00pm eastern time, just prior to NXT, and is no longer "live", with tapings occurring on Tuesday nights prior to SmackDown's live broadcast. On January 13, 2019 it was announced that the show moved back to Tuesday nights at 10pm and air live.

WWE Experience

WWE Experience is a syndicated American television program produced by WWE which mainly recaps events taking place on Raw and SmackDown. The show ran from May 2004 until September 2005 in the US, broadcasting 64 episodes domestically before its cancellation. The show continues to run in international markets, with it being televised in Canada and Mexico, as well as in Asian, European and in some African countries.

WWE Main Event

WWE Main Event is a professional wrestling television program produced by WWE that originally aired on Ion Television in the United States, then the WWE Network, and is now broadcast on Hulu Plus every Thursday Night at 9 pm . It debuted on October 3, 2012 and ended its domestic broadcasting on April 1, 2014. After the final domestic TV broadcast, the show moved to an Internet broadcast format. The show features mid-to-low card WWE wrestlers. Because of an agreement with British broadcaster Sky Sports's first-run syndication rights, episodes do not air in first run on WWE Network, but are uploaded 18 days after airing overseas. The show is taped before Raw tapings and features wrestlers from the Raw and 205 Live brands.

WWE NXT

WWE NXT, also simply called NXT, is a professional wrestling television program that is produced by WWE and is broadcast on the WWE Network every Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET.

WWE NXT initially debuted in 2010 as a seasonal show which was presented as a hybrid between WWE's scripted live event shows and reality television, in which talent from WWE's developmental territory Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW) participated in a competition to become WWE's next "breakout star", with the help of mentors from WWE's Raw and SmackDown brands. Five seasons of this iteration were broadcast, with Wade Barrett, Kaval, Kaitlyn, and Johnny Curtis being announced as winners.In June 2012, WWE ended the seasonal competition format of the show and opted to revamp it to feature as the flagship television show of the NXT brand, and has since received positive critical reception and high viewership, with praise directed toward the high quality of wrestling and captivating storylines, with some considering NXT superior to WWE's flagship shows.The initial version of the show originally made its debut on Syfy on February 23, 2010, replacing ECW, but was replaced by SmackDown in October. It then aired as a webcast at WWE.com for visitors from the United States until June 13, 2012, before it was moved to the WWE Network in 2014, which now houses all episodes of NXT.

WWE Network

WWE Network is an over-the-top streaming service and digital television network owned by the WWE. In Malaysia and MENA, it operates as a television network, and in the rest of the world as a streaming service using the infrastructure of BAMTech. It was originally announced in 2011. On January 8, 2014, WWE announced the network would launch on February 24 in the United States. The company stated on July 31 that the service was expected to go live in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Mexico, Spain, Turkey, the Nordics, the Middle East and North Africa, Worldwide among other countries starting on August 17. It was unexpectedly made available in the UK and Ireland a week earlier than planned, on January 13, 2015, after a delay from the previous November. The WWE Network consists of both a 24-hour linear streaming channel and on-demand programming from WWE's library.

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