Corey Graves (real name - Matthew Polinsky) is an American wrestling commentator and a retired professional wrestler currently signed to WWE. He serves as the commentator and analyst for both Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown under the name Corey Graves. Graves is a former NXT Tag Team Champion and a former 24/7 Champion.
Matthew Polinsky was born on February 24, 1984, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and was raised in his hometown. He is the son of a Hungarian couple. Graves attended college and he also has a degree in marketing. He had three children with her ex-wife Amy (Schneider) Polinsky. Graves also has a younger brother who wrestlers for National Wrestling Alliance and CMLL under the ring name Sam Adonis. Graves is also a professional piercer and is known for the numerous tattoos he has on his body.
After his divorce from her ex-wife, Graves and Leah Van Dale, whom fans might know by the name Carmella, got engaged in October 2021. The two got married on April 7, 2022.
Professional Wrestling Career
Polinsky started his career under the ring name Sterling James Keenan in as early as 2000. Before getting a contract with WWE for its developmental brands, he worked with numerous independent promotions. He started wrestling under the name Corey Graves at Florida Championship Wrestling.
After the brand was re-branded into NXT, Graves found significant success as both a singles and as a tag-team superstar. Graves got engaged in feuds against the likes of the Wyatt Family, and Shield amongst others. Alongside Adrian Neville, Graves was also a one-time NXT Tag Team Champion holding the title for almost three months.
In the meantime, however, he incurred severe injuries and concussions that forced him to retire very early from the in-ring competition. Since then, he has been serving as an on-screen figure for the programming of the promotion.