During tonight's NXT Takeover 3: R Evolution pre-show, Corey Graves announced that he is officially retiring from active wrestling due to a number of concussions he suffered throughout his pro wrestling career.
Though he was not allowed to continue competing during WrestleMania weekend, Graves had every intention of getting back in the squared circle, working with WWE's doctors and taking ImPACT and exertion tests to track his status. However, because of the frequency of Graves' previous concussions, which built up over a decade on the independent circuit before coming to WWE, he was sent to see several specialists, who conferred with Dr. Joseph Maroon, WWE's medical director. In Graves' best interest, they recommended he step away from the ring.
While it's certainly sad Graves will no longer be able to wrestle, WWE did give him a spot on the NXT announce team with his first show coming tonight.
And considering all the controversy surrounding CM Punk's podcast and claims of less than desirable medical treatment from WWE, it's good to see hard decisions are now being made for the health and well being of the wrestlers.
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