Corey Graves Wife, Age, Kids, Net Worth, Instagram, Tattoos, Injury, Height

Corey Graves Biography – Corey Graves Wiki

Corey Graves (born Matthew Polinsky) is an American wrestling color commentator and professional wrestler. He is an analyst for SmackDown under the ring name Corey Graves and is signed to WWE as a commentator.

He was previously a former WWE 24/7 Champion as well as a former NXT Tag Team Champion with Adrian Neville. Additionally, Polinsky is also known for his work on the independent circuit under the ring name Sterling James Keenan.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania he went on study for a degree in marketing.

Graves chose his ring name the night before his first professional wrestling match and picked the name “Sterling James Keenan” as a tribute to Sterling Sharpe, Polinsky’s favorite American football player as a child, and Maynard James Keenan of the band Tool.

He debuted a Keenan on March 22, 2000. He appeared in various promotions, including Dory Funk Jr.’s “Funking Conservatory”, where he competed with wrestlers including Paul London, Adam Windsor, and Onyx. In 2002, Keenan teamed with “Dreamachine” Chris Cage to win the Funkin Conservatory Tag Team Championship by defeating the team of London and Windsor.

Keenan also made appearances for NWA Upstate, Independent Wrestling Association Mid-South, Cleveland All-Pro Wrestling, and Full Throttle Wrestling. On April 26, 2002, in NWA East / Pro Wrestling eXpress, Keenan and Mad Mike won the NWA East Tag Team Championship by defeating The Premiere Players.

He competed for Pro Wrestling Zero1 and won the Zero-One United States Heavyweight Championship on two occasions. On March 8, 2008, Keenan defeated Mr. Wrestling 3 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to win the championship for the first time.

Throughout the years, Keenan has also made sporadic appearances for Ring of Honor (ROH). His debut appearance for the promotion was at Round Robin Challenge II on April 25, 2003, where he teamed with E. Z. Money in a Tag Team Scramble match won by The S.A.T. He returned to ROH over two years later at Redemption on August 12, 2005, where he participated in a Four Corner Survival match won by Ace Steel.

Keenan debuted in the International Wrestling Cartel (IWC) on October 19, 2002, defeating Troy Lords. On the following IWC show, Keenan defeated CM Punk, before losing to Shirley Doe on two occasions but defeating Josh Prohibition.

Keenan made his debut for the United Kingdom-based 1 Pro Wrestling (1PW) at their inaugural show, A Cruel Twist of Fate, on October 1, 2005, defeating D’Lo Brown. He formed an alliance with Abyss, and the pair defeated Sabu and Ulf Herman in a hardcore tag team match on January 7, 2006. In March, Keenan competed in a tournament to determine the inaugural 1PW Heavyweight Champion but was defeated by AJ Styles in a quarter-final match.

Before signing a contract with WWE, Keenan made several appearances for the company. On April 26, 2006, Keenan and CM Punk lost a dark match to The Gymini prior to the SmackDown taping. On June 6, 2006, Keenan teamed with Jon Bolen in a loss to Jamie Noble and Kid Kash. Keenan appeared on an episode of WWE Heat that was taped on August 6, losing to Val Venis. Keenan appeared on the August 10, 2007, episode of SmackDown!, where he was easily beaten by Mark Henry.

In August 2011, it was reported that Graves had signed a developmental contract with WWE. He announced that he would be performing in WWE’s developmental territory, Florida Championship Wrestling (FCW), under the ring name Corey Graves. He debuted at the FCW television tapings on September 25, losing to Erick Rowan.

Graves returned on the NXT TakeOver: R Evolution pre-show on December 11, where he announced his official in-ring retirement due to his concussion issues. He also announced that he would be joining NXT’s commentary team with immediate effect, with his duties beginning at that event.

After the 2016 WWE draft, it was announced that Graves would be joining the Raw commentary team. On July 25, on the first post-brand split episode of Raw, Graves started serving as a color commentator alongside Michael Cole and Byron Saxton. On November 29, Graves joined the commentary team for the Cruiserweight division’s WWE Network exclusive show, 205 Live, alongside Mauro Ranallo and Austin Aries.

Graves makes a return to SmackDown with Kevin Patrick joining in as color commentator on August 11, 2023.

Corey Graves, made his video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K15, where on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of the game, he has his own path in the “Who Got NXT” mode, documenting his matches in NXT and on the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 versions as an unlockable character through the MyCareer mode. He later appeared in WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19, WWE 2K20, WWE 2K22, and WWE 2K23 as a non-playable character as part of the commentary team.

He was a part of the E:60 documentary: “WWE: Behind the Curtain”. From October 2015 to April 2016, Polinsky wrote a monthly column for Alternative Press entitled “Stay Loud.” The column covered the intersection of wrestling and music.

Polinsky has also delved into the fashion industry with Fatal Clothing’s “Stay Down” collection.

As his Corey Graves persona, launched his own podcast (produced by WWE and Endeavor Audio) titled WWE After the Bell, which debuted in October 2019. In June 2020, he would launch a second podcast called Bare with Us alongside his real-life wife Leah Van Dale, where the two discuss different issues regarding relationships including issues within their own.

Corey Graves Age

Corey Graves was born on 24 February 1984 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States.

Corey Graves Wife

Graves has been married twice. He is currently married to WWE wrestler Leah Van Dale, known by the ring name Carmella. In October 2021, Van Dale and Polinsky got engaged. The two were married on April 7, 2022.

On October 31, 2022, his wife revealed on her Instagram account, that she had an ectopic pregnancy, which caused a miscarriage. On May 1, 2023, the couple announced their pregnancy on Instagram.

Graves was first married to his ex-wife Amy (Schneider) Polinsky. The pair got married in 2009 and divorced in 2020. They share three children.

Corey Graves Family

He was born and brought up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His parents are of Hungarian origin.

He also has a younger brother, Sam, who wrestles for the National Wrestling Alliance and the Mexican promotion CMLL under the name “Sam Adonis”, and had gotten mainstream notoriety in the United States for having a pro-Donald Trump gimmick in CMLL.

Corey Graves Tattoos

Graves’s body is covered in tattoos. He is known for his numerous tattoos. Before he turned 16, he got two of them with his parent’s permission, and after turning 18, got sleeve tattoos on both his arms, made up of several clearly visible and separate tattoos tied together with designs.

He also has tattoos on his neck and the words “stay down” tattooed across his knuckles. This gives him a distinctive look because he doesn’t look like the typical, clean-cut announcer the WWE Universe is used to.

Corey Graves Height

He stands at a height of 6 feet 1 inch (1.85 m) tall.

Corey Graves Net Worth

Corey Graves’s net worth is unknown. However, he has earned largely through a successful career with WWE as a wrestler as well as a commentator.


His Instagram handle is @wwegraves.