WWE commentator Corey Graves was a guest on Lilian Garcia’s Chasing Glory podcast where the former NXT tag champion opened up about his recent divorce, and how he believes it’s transitioned him into being a better father.
My wife and I had both agreed that because of having the kids it became the reason why we had stuck around longer than we should have. Just because of the kids, you don’t want to throw that upside-down. My kids, especially my oldest, had told me, ‘Dad, the amount of time we get to spend with you now is more quality time.’ They see me roughly the same amount with my WWE schedule, which luckily they have grown up being used to my road life, so it is not that unfamiliar to them. But now I feel like when I have my kids, it has to be the best possible quality time, whether we are going to a carnival, or to a movie, whereas when I was living at that house it was kind of like, ‘oh, hey, you can watch TV with me,’ but I wasn’t being as good of a dad as I should have been because I was dealing with my own stuff. But now I feel like my life is in a much different place, so I think it allows me to a much better father and dad than before.
Graves would then deny the allegations made against him by his former wife that he was cheating on her with SmackDown star Carmella. Graves describes the story as inaccurate.
The story that was making the rounds was not accurate. It was made out of anger and emotion and it wasn’t what it looked like. I had been out of the house and living on my own for quite some time before that whole situation. It was a sexy story that people went, ‘oh my God, let’s talk about what a piece of crap this guy is.’ It was angry and emotional, and [we] apologized on both ends.
He also explains how the divorce was no one’s business, and that’s why it was kept under wraps.
“It has moved forward. I really didn’t think that the divorce was any other’s business but my own, and those closest to me knew. My small group of friends and even a few beyond knew what I was going through for a long time even before the process started, but that is what I get for playing my cards close to the vest once the internet grabbed a hold of the story and ran with it. But it is what it is. It blew by. The storm is over. And everyone has moved on and it has been for the best.