Corey Graves took to the WWE After The Bell podcast to apologize for the tweets he sent out about Mauro Ranallo during the NXT: Takeover War Games. Graves said;
This past Saturday, during the Takeover: WarGames event, I sent out a tweet,” Graves began. “It was an unpopular opinion, as I often do with the intention of just stirring up a little controversy, maybe have something fun to talk about on TV or here on the show. It was maybe not the most professional way to go about things, and it was never meant to offend or disrespect or disparage anybody. That was never my intention. If it was taken as such, I apologize deeply. That was not my intention. I would never intentionally cause anybody undue stress, especially a co-worker. So, I apologize.”
This all stems from these words;
Just for the record guys, I know you wouldn’t know it, but there’s actually a WWE Hall of Famer AND a former Ring of Honor Champion on commentary. I’d imagine they have a lot to offer. 🤷♂️ #NXTTakeoverWarGames
In it, Graves takes a swing at Ranallo’s commentary style, accusing him of talking over his co-hosts. Something that Corey Graves would never do. As you can imagine this went down about as well as a dose of clap in a nunnery and soon people all over the planet were calling him out over it.
Mauro Ranallo subsequently missed Survivor Series where he was due to commentate and also the following NXT tapings.
It has since been reported across many sites that Ranallo is doing a lot better but there is no time scale on when he will return.