Jimmy Smith isn’t entirely sure why one of his WWE colleagues is receiving so much flak.
Prior to the airing of the 5/16 episode of Monday Night Raw, WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi left the arena due to a reported issue with their creation for the show.
During the Raw and SmackDown episodes following Banks and Naomi’s exit, which resulted in an indefinite suspension, commentators Michael Cole and Corey Graves both proclaimed that Banks and Naomi had “disappointed millions” due to their conduct. “unprofessional”.
Cole and Graves’ comments didn’t sit well with the WWE Universe, leading to serious backlash for Graves online, which Graves’ on-air partner Jimmy Smith didn’t quite understand. . Smith decided to broach the subject on his Unlocking the Cage with Jimmy Smith Podcast, and says that Graves is merely the on-air spokesperson while on the job and says whatever is transmitted to him.
“Michael Cole and Corey Graves aren’t making this up,” Smith noted. “People get mad at them like they’re freestyling, they’re not. They’re broadcasters, if Vince [McMahon] had said, “Here, read this”, I would have done exactly what Michael Cole did. Vince could have said, ‘Hey, Jimmy, I want you to read this,’ and I would have said, ‘Ah, okay! Sasha Banks and Naomi let us all down. I would have read the same thing.
“It’s this weird thing where, to me, on Monday Night Raw, Corey Graves gets all this shit. Corey Graves didn’t make up that statement, he’s a broadcaster and he was told to read it and he read it. So maybe I understand the anger of the fans, but the misdirection of that anger is weird. People get mad at me or Corey Graves, you just get mad at the wrong people. I don’t get it Graves was told to say what he said and he said it.
Prior to signing with WWE in May 2021, Smith was a professional MMA fighter, compiling a 5-1 record before retiring in 2006 after a three-year career to accept a role hosting Discovery’s Fight Quest program. Channel. He stayed there for two seasons before securing an MMA play-by-play gig with M-1 Global.
Smith would then become the host of American Ninja Warrior before returning to the world of MMA and becoming the voice of Bellator MMA. The 44-year-old left with Bellator after a seven-year stint with the company and signed with the UFC, but would leave after just a year with the Las Vegas-based promotion and end his career as an MMA commentator with all feminine. Invicta FC promotion before signing with WWE.
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