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Wrestling news: NXT beats AEW; Graves wants to compete again; Lawler returns to RAW

WWE NXT barely defeated AEW: Dynamite in last night’s by 1,000 viewers, according to John Pollock.

NXT came in at No. 51 with a .19 rating in the 18-49 demographic. That’s lower than AEW’s .26 for the night.

According to Mandatory, this marks the first time NXT has won the viewership battle since December 18, 2019, and only the fifth time since they began going head-to-head in October that AEW hasn’t won a week (Both shows tied on December 11, 2019).

WWE Hall of Famer Edge appeared as Corey Graves’ guest on WWE’s “After The Bell” podcast this week.

Graves revealed that he was considering an in-ring return after watching Edge’s recent WWE 24 documentary on his comeback from retirement. The documentary featured footage of Edge visiting Dr. Joseph Maroon in Pittsburgh, PA to get cleared to return to the ring 9 years after suffering a career-ending neck injury.

Graves said he was inspired by Edge’s comeback story, and thought about visiting Dr. Maroon himself as he lives in Pittsburgh, where Maroon is based.

“Watching it, honestly, man, it was inspiring,” Graves told Edge (H/T to Sportskeeda). “I would say at two or three different points I went, ‘Man, I live in Pittsburgh now. I should go find Dr. Maroon.’ It just gave me that urge to do this all over again, and I don’t know whether or not that’s a possibility, but the thought was planted in my brain for quite some time.”

Graves, a former WWE NXT Tag Team Champion, made his pro wrestling in-ring debut back in 2000 and had a successful career on the indies. He worked a few dark matches for WWE but then signed in 2011, and wrestled for the NXT brand until March 2014. He was forced to retire later that year after suffering concussion-related issues, and has worked WWE TV shows and pre-shows since then.

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On this week’s episode of The Jerry Lawler Show podcast, The King and co-host Sean Reedy discussed WrestleMania 36 and the changes that WWE has had to make due to travel restrictions.

Lawler noted that he wanted to be at the last set of tapings but Vince McMahon made the call for him to stay at home as a precaution. However, The King will be back this Monday night.

“I have a little bit of news that’s good for me,” Lawler said. “I will be heading back down next Monday to the Performance Center to be back once again a part of Monday Night Raw. I’m excited about it. I don’t like to sit home and watch Raw and not hear the King out there somewhere.”

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