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An NFL fan's guide to the WWE

Brian Asmus
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#2 Tony Romo is Corey Graves

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Tony Romo

Just give me a second to explain. This one might seem like a bit of a stretch, but there a few similarities. Corey Graves is a former in-ring performer and former NXT Tag Team Champion. Due to injuries, he had that part of his career cut short. However, when that window shut, the door to an announcing career opened.

Tony Romo, meanwhile, is a former Pro Bowl quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys. While he might not have been forced to retire due to injury, he has had multiple back injuries resulting in him missing games and even requiring surgery. Hence, it is reasonable to infer that those injuries could have been a factor in him not finding a new team after last season, forcing him to turn to broadcasting.

Four games in and Romo is already receiving rave reviews for his work. He has been given a lot of credit for his knowledge of the game and ability to convey that to the audience.

Corey Graves is also thriving in his "new" role with the WWE. Even though Graves has been on commentary duties much longer than Romo (a couple of years now), he has achieved a lot in the little time he has been an announcer for WWE.

Graves started as a commentator for a pre-show of an NXT event. He then became a full-time announcer for NXT, until the two main shows divided their rosters and announce teams. Then Graves became a part of RAW, and most recently, joined Smackdown Live when JBL stepped down from his role on the team blue announce team.

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Former NXT Announcer Corey Graves

Bottom line, both guys could possibly see more success in their new careers. This might be harder for Romo since I feel his upside is more limited since the WWE has shown its willingness to put Graves all over their shows.

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