In a kind of surprise, Booker T was ousted from the RAW announce team and replaced by Jonathan Coachman following the 25th Anniversary of RAW. For those looking for the answer as to why this switch occurred, Booker said the following on his podcast:
"If I got Corey Graves into a fisticuffs, I would beat him down like he stole something," Booker T said. "I would be whoopin' his ass all day long. My thing is this, I'm a nice guy, until you get on my bad side. Corey Graves, I wouldn't necessarily say he's on my bad side right now, but he's the reason that I'm not on Monday Night Raw right now. Lot of people in the company thought I was going to jump on him. I was gonna do something bad to him. I was gonna drag him. I was gonna take him out to the woodshed. I was gonna beat that man so bad that he was going to say 'Please, please, just don't beat me anymore.' That's how hot I was getting, that's how close I was getting."
Booker T also said that management knew he was gonna eventually get physical with Graves:
"So, they said 'Hey, Book, step back a second, alright? We're gonna regroup, press the rewind button. We're gonna send you back to the Kickoff show, SmackDown and Monday Night Raw PPVs and cool ya down for a second. Because we don't want you to do anything to Corey Graves.'"
He even threatened to assault Graves in public:
"If I catch Corey Graves on the street, I'm gonna do something to him," Booker T said. "I ain't gonna do it at the office or the airport, but if I catch Corey Graves on the street, you see that little bouffant hairdo he got? I'm gonna rearrange it for him."
Finally, Booker T said he wanted to face Corey Graves in a shoot fight at Wrestlemania:
"Everybody knows my reputation, I get mean, if you mess with my 'green,'" Booker responded. "And right now, my 'green' is being messed with. Is WrestleMania coming up, right? There's room for one more match at WrestleMania. Right now on my show, I'm calling Corey Graves out to a fight. Not a match. Not a pre-show pose down or anything like that. I'm calling Corey Graves out to a fight. I'm talking man-to-man. Mano-a-mano. You and I."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Booker T has lost his effing mind.