Perfect strangers: Corey Graves & Adrian Neville

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July 18, 2013

Corey Graves

At first glance, one can surmise that Corey Graves marches to the beat of a different drum. From his distinctive fashion sense to the tattoos draping his body, Graves has endeared himself toward solitude, which has welcomed him with open arms. 

“I’m not a loner, I just work better alone,” Graves told

Considering Graves is now an NXT Tag Team Champion, the “I’ll do it myself” mindset could come in conflict with his current situation.

“If I fail, it's my failure,” he explained. “I don't count on anybody to do anything for me. Believe it or not, I have a few friends. I just don't need anybody." 

Not needing anyone is a modus operandi Graves learned at an early age as he wore the “outcast” label as a badge of honor. During his teenage years in Pittsburgh, most of Graves’ peers spent their time attending movies and gathering at the local fast food joint, but the “Savior of Misbehavior” chose a different route. 

“I always thought tattoos were cool so I found a way to get an apprenticeship as a body modification artist,” he revealed.

The apprenticeship prepared Graves for the artwork he would apply to his own body and the uniqueness of a career between the ropes. 

“The tattoos are a suit of armor,” he said. “They are a warning flag. They don't define me; they'renotwho I am.”

So then, just who is Corey Graves? 

“I’m blue collar and I’m revolutionary,” he stated simply.

Mix in the subversive attitude and Graves’ personality is a far cry from that of his championship partner.  

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