After being overlooked for a spot on last week's NXT Arrival, a very irritable Corey Graves entered Full Sail University for this week's broadcast, and he was not terribly thrilled with the idea of wasting his time in a match against Yoshi Tatsu.
He ran down Tatsu on the mic before the match and, when the bell sounded, walked out on the bout.
It proved to be a ploy, however, as he goaded Tatsu into following him out of the ring and responded by dropping him with a clothesline and sending him into the steel steps.
This drew a countout victory for Graves.
After the match, he assaulted Tatsu and applied his Lucky 13 submission move until Sami Zayn hit the ring and challenged him to a match later in the evening.
Corey Graves via count-out.
Highlights and Quotes
Graves' feigned walkout leading to an assault on Tatsu.
"Apparently, all you need is heart to get chance after chance after chance against a guy you can’t beat." --Graves on Sami Zayn receiving another shot at Cesaro while he watched from the sidelines
"Instead, I'm here with Yoshi Tatsu, who hasn't been relevant since...since...well, ever." --Graves on his disdain for being booked against Tatsu
A great way to introduce Corey Graves to a WWE Network audience who is seeing him for the first time.
He really sold the character of a bitter, angry, young competitor who felt slighted and spoke his mind about it. Graves also did a masterful job on using his body language to get across to those watching at home that he beats to his own drum, does what he wants to do when he wants to do it and is largely disinterested in just about everything else around him.
The cerebral manner in which he goaded Tatsu outside the ring was spectacular, and he even got over his Lucky 13 submission hold in the post-match beatdown.
Zayn hitting the ring and challenging him to a match both ignited a new rivalry and set up the night's main event.
A really solid segment that accomplished a lot in a short period of time.